Welcome to the Family Vaea Verbeeck - Video

Jun 22, 2016
by Rocky Mountain  
Views: 22,121    Faves: 207    Comments: 13


Vaea has been part of the Rocky Mountain family for a while now. We filmed this little shredit with her last year, but ran into some computer issues before we could share it. She's currently on the mend from a collarbone injury in Lourdes, but she's chomping at the bit to get racing in Lenzerheide next month.

Photo by Sam Needham

Who are you and what are you all about?
My name is Vaea Verbeeck. I was born in Tahiti, French Polynesia, and raised in Granby, Quebec. Growing up with my mom and older sister didn't stop me from being a total tomboy. I’ve always wanted to be the best at every sport: gymnastics, dancing, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, volleyball, soccer, you name it. But after progressing and learning, I’d stall in my motivation. They just weren’t for me.

At 16 I borrowed a downhill bike at Bromont, and I was hooked. The following year I got myself a bike and it didn't take me long to register for a downhill race. A few years later I was entering World Cups and knew that I’d found my sport. After finishing school in 2012, I rushed straight to North Vancouver and have been living the mountain life dream ever since.

I’m currently working at the Lululemon Athletica head office during the off-season and pulling the plug every summer to race the World Cup circuit.

Photo by Sam Needham

Strengths?
Not scared, strong, calm, bike park tracks (lame I know), rocks, jumps.

Weaknesses?
PEDALLINNNNNNG uphill. That shit is hard on the body and mind. I'm also pretty good at breaking bones, not gonna lie. I got my fair share over the years, it's a fine line.

Photo by Brian Park

Photo by Margus Riga.

What's your favourite race?
I think my favourite race was World Champs at Hafjell, Norway in 2014. I’d gone a couple of days early and just enjoyed the park there. I loved the track; good jumps, good high-speed technical woods, and good corners. Seemed to suit me well too, I got 6th—my best result so far.

Tell us about what you do off the bike. What are your off-the-bike goals?
Life without bikes exists?

I spend a lot of time working out, indoors in the winter. Plus I take full advantage of the West Coast outdoor lifestyle: hiking, snowboarding, camping, bouldering, and food. Love food. #activities

Photo by Margus Riga.

Photo by Brian Park

What's good?
I'm happiest at races. Over the years I’ve developed a sort of second family at the races, and rolling through the pits with your mates on the way to practice is perfect. It maybe doesn't feel that exciting when you're out there, but when I’m out with an injury I have major FOMO.

Photo by Brian Park

Photo by Margus Riga.

What bikes are you riding right now?
• Rocky Mountain Maiden
• Rocky Mountain Altitude Rally Edition
• Rocky Mountain Flow

How do you set your bikes up? Anything unique?
Slack and low to plough through the rough stuff. Otherwise pretty standard.

Who's your favourite rider?
I'm scared to watch sometimes, but Brook MacDonald. Wild lad. Open throttle!

What is on your playlist right now?
Right now: ODESZA, Jupe, some Rihanna, Kilter, Tim Legend, Møme. It's all over the place.

Favourite websites?
• Pinkbike
• Vital MTB
• Youtube (gotta watch them Supercross replays somehow)

Photo by Brian Park

Photo by Sam Needham

If you were the boss of mountain biking, how would you change things?
Easy. I started racing because I loved discovering new tracks and challenges. If logistics and finances could allow it, I would love to see new race tracks every year! New places and new experiences.

Goals for 2016-2017?
I've been on the mend getting back from different serious injuries over the last few years. The goal is to stay on the bike more. Being off the bike is the last place I want to be. Setting my limits and be in the game for the next few years would be the best.

I am eyeing up another National Champion title. I always want to better myself and my results. So technically, improving on a 6th place would be a World Cup podium. However, I am going for my best performance, not a result. I'll be happy to get back to races and give it my best. It's worked for me in the past.

Photo by Brian Park

Photo by Brian Park

Shout outs?
A bunch of rad people! Rocky Mountain and Hope Tech make it happen for me. Also, Troy Lee Designs, FiveTen, Oakley, Atlas Brace, Rockwell Watches, Crankbrothers, and JFG Nutrition for making me sweat a ton.

Anything else?
Go out and play!

Photo by Sam Needham

Photo by Margus Riga.

Photos by Sam Needham courtesy Hope Tech. Additional photos by Brian Park and Margus Riga.


MENTIONS: @RockyMountainBicycles / @vaea / @SamNeedham / @hopetech / @brianpark / @troyleedesigns / @FiveTen / @oakley / @crankbrothers / @Margus




51 Comments

  • 64 3
 After watching this video I will now hold my head high next time someone says, "You ride like a girl".
  • 35 2
 Yes, those days are over. Girls like Rachel Atherton ride better than 99,9% of the people here on Pinkbike. I'm stoked to see how accepted mountainbiking has become for women and to see that the industry takes them very seriously.
  • 20 1
 And I mean this as a compliment, I just clicked play didn't scroll down and for first 30 seconds I thought it was a dude with long hair! Top shredding nice vid.
  • 6 0
 ditto. she rips hard.
  • 8 0
 She is one of, if not, the fastest female riders in Canada. And that's not taking away from the huge talent pool we already have.
  • 3 0
 Yep didn't realise it was a woman until they shot her off the bike. Then I was like, "damn, she shreds she should race WC"... and she does. Haha. Awesome vid, those trails look mint!
  • 13 1
 Awesome trail, and some great riding. Nice one!;
  • 9 1
 Met her on the Shore. She is a great embassador to the sport. Highly motivated (she was on lap three when i met. Her climbing)
Sending healing vibes.
Congrats on you new contract with Rocky Mountain.
  • 13 3
 Vaea is awesome, we are stoked to to have her part of our family!
  • 5 1
 If she can stay healthy, that was a brilliant pickup by Rocky Mountain bikes. That was awesome to watch for all the same reasons an African big cat is awesome to watch - smooth, fast, and full attack!
  • 5 0
 Happy for Vaea, she's a proper pinner! Love her riding style... Hope to see more of her at the world cups!
  • 4 0
 props to all of this edit and text and special love for supercross replays on you tube xxx
  • 5 0
 Love her style, keeps it low and fast.
  • 4 0
 Watched the video and I think we are watching the one that will be the next Rachel.
  • 4 0
 Great riding and well done on a video that shakes off my bike video total apathy syndrome.
  • 4 0
 Sick riding,did not expect the gap jump 00:53
  • 4 0
 Great riding, she has a lot of skills! tup
  • 3 0
 If I could only ride 1/100 of the level she rides... keep dreaming buddy. haha

Beer
  • 4 0
 Damn, she rips! And no, it did not look sketchy.
  • 4 0
 Shred that gnar like a boss!
  • 4 0
 Female rider shreds + Hope tech = BOOMSHAKALAKA
  • 4 0
 Right shredding that gnar! Nice work Vaea! Congrats!
  • 4 0
 Vaea is awesome! This vid is sick too. Good choice Rocky Mountain
  • 3 0
 Trail envy... Bike envy... But mostly skill envy. She makes it look so effortless!
  • 3 1
 does anyone know what trail or where the picture 3rd down from the top is it looks sick???
  • 2 0
 seems like a awesome girlSmile well done vaea.
  • 3 0
 fük.yes.
  • 2 0
 WHAT!? That chick was nailing those doubles left and right! damn...
  • 2 0
 Pacific Islanders REPRESENT!
  • 1 0
 just released it is in the video what is the first trail i need to know looks amazing????
  • 2 0
 @2:08 so fast that the camera couldn't keep up!
  • 1 0
 I miss Darcy! Curious how much of an influence she was to this young Canadian riders.
  • 3 0
 Straight-up SHRED!
  • 2 0
 Sick riding. Great attitude. Top marks; I'm a fan.
  • 3 0
 Yeah!! Rip it up Vaea!!
  • 2 1
 Nice work! Hope to Vaea at a BC Cup or two this summer!!
  • 1 0
 Gettin' some! Silky skills.
  • 2 0
 She is shredding !!!
  • 1 0
 Awesome Vaea !! Great riding and edit !
  • 1 0
 What music plays?
Awesome vid!
  • 1 0
 I just spend an hour looking for this video--freaking siick video
  • 1 0
 ,félicitation, Vaea
  • 1 0
 total ripper
  • 8 11
 Why does Rocky always film on unsanctioned trails?
  • 6 3
 Hahaha, isn't that the kettle calling the pot black?! vimeo.com/67026798
  • 3 1
 @Woodro: don't think they built those.
  • 5 0
 @Woodro: The difference is the guys who put in the work to build the trails should be able to do what they want with them... Getting commercial credit on unsanctioned trails without consulting builders is just a breach of etiquette in my opinion
  • 1 0
 @BicycleHub & @jaydawg69 Ok, so no filming on trails unless you've built them?
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