Vaea Verbeeck’s path to gravity-riding prowess has been anything but traditional: She was born in Tahiti. Her mom pushed her toward traditional sports. She resisted and has gravitated toward … gravity riding. The rest is history as she’s forged a career and community surrounding her passion.

Deity is also anything but traditional. Even the name of the brand, ‘Deity,’ is a head nod to putting athletes first, revering their talents as gods and goddesses. Verbeeck kicks off Deity’s new series, “Women of Deity,” chronicling the path, challenges and choices of women leading the front lines of progressive riding.

See Verbeeck’s story in the following video—from self-doubt to standout performance at Crankworx Whistler, following what drives her, forever looking forward.