Beat­rice Domond: the first female skate­board­er to be spon­sored by Supreme

The 24-year-old skateboarder who’s pen pals with Bill Strobeck is riding high, with no signs of slowing down.

Beat­rice Domond is the epit­o­me of skate­board­ing. Cool, unboth­ered and relent­less­ly obsessed with it. While many try to emu­late the atti­tude, Beat­rice, she’s just got it. And plen­ty of oth­ers have noticed – heavy­weight brands like Supreme, Fuck­ing Awe­some and Vans have each co-signed the skater, Bill Strobeck is her pen pal and Thom Browne enlist­ed her to mod­el his golf col­lec­tion last year. It’s hard­ly sur­pris­ing. In a cul­ture that weeds out posers and respects authen­tic­i­ty, Beat­rice stands tall. 

Beat­rice first picked up a skate­board at the age of sev­en as a prop for a school pho­to. She went home lat­er that day and begged her par­ents for a board of her own. She final­ly man­aged to wear her dad down, he bought her one from Wal­mart, and she hasn’t stopped skat­ing since. 

Beat­rice spent her child­hood in Flori­da rolling around her patio and cruis­ing side­walks – unfa­mil­iar with the cul­ture and com­mu­ni­ty sur­round­ing the sport (and bliss­ful­ly unaware that you could do skate­board­ing tricks). She dis­cov­ered grainy DIY skate videos on YouTube, and every­thing changed. Beat­rice soon start­ed film­ing and upload­ing her own low-fi, self-made tapes. 

Buzz start­ed to build, Beat­rice became more immersed with­in the facets of skate cul­ture but most impor­tant­ly, she just kept skat­ing. She struck an unlike­ly friend­ship with Bill Strobeck, after find­ing his email online, and a string of exchanges led to the icon­ic skate video­g­ra­ph­er choos­ing to include Beat­rice in Supreme’s skate film Cher­ry. A feat that would unnerve most, Beat­rice admits that she didn’t even know what Supreme was at the time. Now she’s the first female skate­board­er that the brand has ever sponsored. 

With a life­long infat­u­a­tion that shows no signs of slow­ing down and a tal­ent that’s sent her to the top, Beat­rice has a lot to shout about. But she doesn’t – that’s not why she got into skateboarding.

Are you an ear­ly riser?

Yeah, I pre­fer the morn­ing. By the time it’s 12 I’m like, Oh, my day’s over.” 

So what time do you nor­mal­ly wake up? 

Like, 5? I eat break­fast, get ready and try and go skate as ear­ly as pos­si­ble. It’s bet­ter in the morn­ing cos it’s not too hot. 

What’s the per­fect skat­ing conditions?

70 with a lit­tle bit of sun out. 

You recent­ly moved to New York, have you found a fave skate spot yet?

I like Tomp­kins cos it has flat ground. It’s a pub­lic park but there’s this bas­ket­ball court that’s emp­ty and has lit­tle obsta­cles that you can skate on – you know, flat ground tricks. You don’t need any­thing, you just need your­self and a board to have some fun, so it’s a cool spot. 

What drew you to skate­board­ing over oth­er sports when you were younger?

I guess with skate­board­ing it’s all you. You don’t need to rely on any­one, it’s a per­son­al sport and I guess that’s what drew me to it. I didn’t need any­body else to play with or any­body else to stand in the goal and I think that’s what made me get into it. I could just be by myself and it would still be fun. I like solitude. 

Skate­board­ing can be such a relent­less and some­times toil­some hob­by – it’s real­ly repetitive.

If you’re not into rep­e­ti­tion and you don’t have patience then skateboarding’s maybe not for you. I love a good chal­lenge and I enjoy fig­ur­ing things out. It’s like you unlock a new space in your mind.

What are your fave skate mags?

Thrash­er. TransWorld, even though it’s no longer around. I’m real­ly into Free Skate mag. We don’t real­ly have a lot of mag­a­zines in the US any­more – just Thrash­er.

Are there any parts of skate­board cul­ture you don’t like? 

It’s some­thing dif­fer­ent to what it was. Peo­ple don’t get into skate­board­ing because they love it any­more. They get into it because it’s cool or trendy and that’s super annoying. 

How did you first reach out to Bill Strobeck?

I was a real­ly big fan of his work when I was younger. I made a video and then I sent it to him on email. He respond­ed like, Oh, super cool. Keep doing your thing!” I just took that as him say­ing, Send me every sin­gle one you ever make.” But he was super nice about it and would watch all my videos and give me feed­back. Even­tu­al­ly I guess I start­ed pro­gress­ing and he was super hyped. Then he said that he was mak­ing this video and at the time the video was Cher­ry, the Supreme video. I was like, Oh, I don’t know what that is.” I didn’t even know what Supreme was, so I was like I dun­no, sick, I’ll send you some videos. 

What were you doing the day you found out that Supreme want­ed to spon­sor you?

I think I was prob­a­bly just skating. 

What advice do you have for peo­ple want­i­ng to get sponsored?

If you want to get spon­sored then don’t try to get spon­sored. Enjoy your youth, just skate and it will come to you if it’s meant for you. Don’t go look­ing for it. Put in effort, if you have a favourite com­pa­ny then send in your spon­sor­ship tape. You shouldn’t be out skat­ing with the pur­pose of this will get me spon­sored. One, it won’t because peo­ple can see right through it. And two, it’s not worth of your youth. 


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