In Love with Beatrice Domond

Beatrice Domond’s singular rise fractures the age old iconography of the skate world. In contrast to the well-worn symbol of the skater as a slacker, a jack-ass adjacent party animal with an in-born talent, Domond presents a new image, one of unveiled effort, discipline and sincerity. Domond was not “in the right place at the right time,” rather, she worked to get there. This is why she’s been described as the future of skateboarding. Anyone who’s followed Domond’s trajectory has witnessed her hard-won come up. Thanks to her prolific Youtube channel, many of us have had the opportunity to watch Domond, at age thirteen, learn to skate in her small-town Palm Beach carport. 

“When I love something, I do all the research,” Domond said of her pursuit to gain the attention of Supreme’s Bill Strobeck. Tirelessly sending her self-recorded skate videos to Strobeck for years, Domond finally got a clip included in his film Cherry, 2015. Domond’s perseverance has been well-documented – skate sessions starting at six in the morning, and in winter, skating every night at the indoor park. Domond has earned herself a spot on Supreme’s all-male roster, as well as skating for Fucking Awesome and Vans. 

“If you advocate for yourself, you can make your dreams come true,” Domond says and proves, designing a collaborative line of clothing with Fucking Awesome, and even publishing a book of photography, Fly on the Wall. She’ll be exhibiting her work for the first time this summer in Los Angeles. When I asked Domond what skateboarding offers her emotionally, Domond replied, “Balance, it’s the perfect balance of love and despair.” Domond’s passions have expanded now, as she tells us she’s in love, celebrating the change of the seasons by spending time with her partner, and of course, skating. The Flordian is now a mainstay at New York’s Tompkins Park, where we photographed her for this story. Domond wears G-Shock’s tone-on-tone series watch. Photos by Jared Sherbert.