The photos in this interview are from last summer when Samarria visited Berlin with the enjoi crew. You can tell she’s up for bigger spots, but you already saw that when she first entered the global skate world’s perception during 2016’s King of the Road. Handrails, hubbas, gaps – all of these are included in her CV. She also goes into contests with full power, which is why she almost broke her back in Street League; it sounds just as rough as the slam looked. At the time of this interview, however, she’s chilling at home in Rancho Cucamonga, 60 km east of Los Angeles. The 26-year-old still has to walk her dog, but first comes the interview for breakfast. Good morning, Samarria.
I try to. When I was young, I would just wake up early naturally. These days, it just depends on what time I go to bed.
I think it just depends on what you know. I don’t think it’s necessarily a female thing. My manager helps me with reading contracts and understanding things. If you know enough to do the business side of things by yourself, you’ll have more power to you. It’s not a necessity if you know what you’re doing.
[laughs] Yeah, she’s awesome.
It was just my time to go. There are no hard feelings or anything. I just had to go to find another outlet that gives me more opportunities, especially with travelling.
There are some projects that I’ll try to start with them but first things first. I gotta get my Panda Patrol part for enjoi out of the way. I hope it comes out sometime around summertime.
I gotta get the enders. [laughs]
Once I understood how to do it, I never wanted to lose it, so every day I was just like: tre flip, tre flip, tre flip. We had a nice six-stair at the skatepark I was skating at and I was just practicing it there a lot. I wanted to be good at it.
[laughs] That’s my kinda guy.
"My grandma is pretty much a German lady, that’s how I got a little bit of German in me"
My grandma is pretty much a German lady, that’s how I got a little bit of German in me. Her grandparents came from Germany.
I definitely wanted to come and see Germany and see what it looks like. I didn’t know much about it, but I learned a lot when I got there. Mark [Nickels] told me a lot of different stuff. We went to a lot of different things. He is a pretty convincing tour guide.
Honestly, I don’t even know that. My mum and dad just agreed on that. I don’t really know how they came up with it.
[laughs] No, I never got the curious bug about it.
Yeah, it was my brother and a really good friend, and they were skating and I was playing basketball. They were having so much fun so I said, “Let me try.” I instantly loved it and we all still skate.
Definitely meeting the enjoi dudes was a big step but also being a part of my old team, Hoopla, which was created by my homie Mimi [Knoop]. That was a big influence keeping up the hype and progressing myself. Hoopla and enjoi definitely were two very important parts that helped me grow to the skater I’m now.
Honestly, when I was young, I was just watching local videos or my homies at the skatepark. They inspired me to be a little bit of a hucker. I didn't watch too many skate videos in the beginning, but I watch more skate videos now.
For sure, the benches! My ledge game would definitely look different if I had those right by my house. It was good. Interesting people around there.
We were eating at a spot and some dude came and sat with us and then he farted while we were eating our food. We decided to get up and leave. [laughs]
I was just really specific with it. The first time I saw somebody with a to-do list was Chris Chann and I thought that’s kinda cool and went after that.
I put the to-do lists up so I can actually get stuff done. I just want to see my morning routine and everything… just things I gotta do.
Yeah, I have one.
I’m pretty much vegan. Here and there I eat cheese, but besides that, I’m vegan. Or I should say plant-based.
Veganism is everything, your shoes, your clothes, there is no animal product used anywhere, but I do wear suede. I just do a plant-based diet.
Yeah, that’s the goal.
It’s more like, hopefully I can get it in the next five to ten years cause I got so much going on right now that I don’t have time to put all my energy into it. I’m just curating recipes.
Right now, my favorite thing is to make vegan burritos because they’re so easy, but I’ve been trying a lot with tofu, trying to make tofu nuggets.
"I have GarageBand and if I find a beat, I record on it. I write a lot. Whatever I come up with, I figure out the flow and lay it down."
When I wrote that, I just wanted at least one gold anything. It wasn’t specifically the Olympics. It was more like if I could win a Street League or something, to bring home a gold medal within this contest circus. However, I don’t know if I will be doing contests so much after the Olympics. I feel like I’m probably gonna be focusing on producing street parts and doing more stuff outside of contests after this summer.
I’m not even sure what place I’m in. From February till May, there are a lot of contests going on and a lot of opportunities to get points. April till May, I’ll be in Asia for a whole month and then I’ll go to London for Street League. The season is very hectic.
[laughs] That part was pretty easy. I like weed, but it wasn’t hectic to stop. It’s all chill.
Pretty much, I just want to be healthy, it’s who I am and how I was brought up. My dad used to make me drink tomato juice and stuff. It’s more a natural thing.
That was the first time girls were invited. I tried to jump over the SLS sign, but I didn’t have the right speed. So I jumped off my board and tried to jump over the sign but didn’t go far enough, so I touched it, flipped over it, and fell from 5 ft [1,5 m] straight on my back.
Yeah, that was gnarly. The next morning, it was so hard to get out of the bed. I couldn’t even move.
I don’t even know. I just know that I hurt my back. Pure impact. I didn’t really go to the doctor.
No, a couple months.
No. [laughs]I was just doing my own thing. I actually did go eventually to the doctors, but that was later and I found out I had some sciatic nerve damage, but we’re all good now.
I feel like I just had to take time. If I would’ve broken something, I would’ve gone to the hospital for sure.
For sure! I have GarageBand and if I find a beat, I record on it. I write a lot. Whatever I come up with, I figure out the flow and lay it down.
Right now, I’m more of an MC, but I’m learning how to create beats, too.
Drake, Kendrick Lamar, I really like Logic, and The Underachievers are really tight.
It was a lot of fun. We’re all good friends. I wasn’t too nervous. It was just hanging out with the homies while a lot of people were watching us hang out. We played games of skate and that was pretty much it.
For right now, that’s pretty much the main things I got going on. I think in April I will not be home at all. We’ll see what happens with the rest of the year.
You gotta have those shoulders ready. That spot was quick and the landing was kinda crazy, so I was trying to make sure that I was already fully turned when I did it. That’s why I was turning super early.