Do you ever come across many other female freeriders, or do you mostly ride with the guys?
I always ride with the boys! The only real freerider I know is my sister! We have the same mentality: "SHUT UP AND RIDE."
So your sister rides bikes too, do you guys ride together a lot?
My sister is killing it on her dirt jump bike! She is so good! 360s, backflips, tuck no handers! We never ride together unfortunately but... be ready! The Canovi sisters team are going on a Pacific shredZ trip! Anything can happen when we are together! Drift and jump cars, wakeboard and surf sessions, skate parks invasions, dirt motorbikes, cliff jumps, tricks, crashes, parties - OMG be ready! This is a bomb ready to explode!
Redzbetz with Casey Brown.
Why do you think more women won’t risk hitting bigger stuff and trying things like freeride?
I think everyone likes different things, I have so much energy that I really need to hit big stuff or scary things so I can come down at the and of the day. When I put my helmet on, the music starts and I can smash berms, hit big ramps, brakeless freeride, I feel like I've got energy drink instead of blood.
But probably other girls are more "down to the earth" or they don't need to get crazy to feel ok. Anyway, it's unreal how much power and muscles you need to have so you can hit big ramps or berms at high speed! I've had a few faceplants over the handlebars before I got fit enough. I knew I was pretty fit when I landed on my feet on the other side of Thomas Genon's bag jump on my big bike with a dirt jump ramp!
Dunno girls! Always ride what makes your happy and smile We are doing it for fun!
You came third in the Whip Off at Crankworx Les Gets this year, any plans to compete in other contests in 2017?
I'm always excited for a sideways session with my buddies! I would love to check out the Rotorua whip off jumps. Good size doubles are always difficult to find.
On the Whip Off podium at Crankworx Les Gets 2016.
You’ve spent the summer shredding all over the world, what did you have to do to make it happen and what did you get up to during your travels?
I left my parent's house at 14 just because I love to be free and manage my time how I like. I work in the night and live in the daylight! Always did everything by myself and the money has to come from somewhere. I'm a graphic designer, I work at a restaurant, or I wake up at 4 for my newspaper walker morning mission. Doesn't matter how, but my life is awesome sunrise to sunset to sunrise again!
Do you have a particular goal in mind when it comes to riding bikes, either a professional athlete, or someone who travels for projects and competes in select events?
I'd love a life of biking. I really love it! Working on projects, traveling and filming is what fits better with my personality. People usually love to share time and riding with me. I live outside, I do lots of different activities and I'm always happy and stoked because life is awesome! I could even compete just in select events if it meant I could make a living from biking, but don't ask me for selfies or bum shots because I'm sick of this idea that chicks need to be good looking to be considered in the mountain bike world.
Not afraid to push her limits and learn new stuff.
How about Rampage, what are your thoughts on that and would you ever compete?
Never been in Utah before! I would love to check it out and understand what's possible to build or ride. Maybe one day I will be on top ready to drop in. Why not!
What was it like to hit the jumps at the FEST series? How did you build up to hitting something that big and what FEST events have you been to?
I really love the air time on big jumps, it relaxes me a lot but I don't remember how the line was actually! Haha... lost my memory a bit. We were at Hillbilly HuckFEST in Norway, and after all day shredding the 'small' line (so much fun!) I was that ready to hit the line that I didn't respect. I dropped in with Nico without checking it properly. Had a big crash and ended up with a concussion on the second jump that compromised my trip to Canada and I'm still recovering.
These are the three rules I learned from experience:
1. Watch out for the wind. 2. Never trust the wet rocks. 3. Respect what's way bigger than you!
We had been jumping and riding so much during the months before, that's why I was so comfy and not scared at all. I like to ride lots of jumps before I hit big stuff just to keep my mind trained and never be afraid. This year I've been at Nico's LooseFEST in Belgium, Makken's Hillbilly HuckFEST in Norway, and Kurt's HofFEST in Canada.
Nico following Betz at Hillbilly Huckfest.
What riding do you like the most and where are your favourite riding spots?
I really love to ride all different kinds of trails and dirt. That's why I like to travel so much. In Europe, I enjoyed big berms and jumps like in La Fenasosa, Morgins, or Hurtgenwald. In Canada I had so much fun riding steep downhill and loamy tracks in Nelson. Love the dusty turns in Western Australia. I get mad when I find steep freeride's and surf too, Bali volcano, South Australia gold dunes, and The Moon in Switzerland are definitely my favorites. I get pumped just writing about it! Let's go riding! EY OH! LET'S GO!
You’re supported by Loose Riders, Fox, and Saracen but do you have any other support?
Yes, last season Saracen and Fox Head Italy gave me a hand with some materials and I'm so grateful for it! Loose Riders Global Alliance was the first team to welcome me two years ago. So much fun with all the crew. For 2017 Schwalbe tires, O'Neal, and Azonic Components trust in me and my projects. I just need a bike to put in between!
Hitting jumps in Loiano.
How did you meet all the FEST guys and who are your favourites to ride with?
This is a funny story. At the end of 2014, I got my first bike in view of a racing season. I left to go to Australia and had the best life/biking experience ever. Back in Italy, I dislocated my elbow. Killing time on the internet I saw the LooseFEST highlights. Booked the flight and after a month of really hard training to be back on my bike, I was on top of the line ready to drop in. I even asked who was Nico Vink and went to say to him that I came from Italy to hit this thing! (I'm such an idiot). No one knew me! It was so much fun look at their faces. I slept by the fire for a week and tried the start of the line so many times and I didn't even arrive at the first big jump! That's how I introduced myself to the crew haha!
The three guys I rode with most are Nico, Vinny, and Kristoff. Love how Vinny smashes the berms and how wild he is on the bike! Kristoff is so clean and fast. When I follow Nico, he is like dynamite on his bike! So much pop, so much flow, so much style, so much to say! I had such good times with Kurt and all the other guys too.
No dig, no ride, you've got to pitch in.
What are your plans for 2017?
I'll be traveling and filming so many alternative places around the world. Can't wait to ride with all my buddies again and live another summer immersed in nature. Of course I'll push my limits in different ways as always. Pointing wild whips and new tricks. Can't wait to see where the flow goes. Pretty sure I'll explore Australia, New Zealand, and Canada too!