I am back!! Sweden is cold and snowy and I absolutely love it! I decided to drop this weeks Vlog a bit early since it contains some useful tips to what to get for Christmas as I meet up with my friend Sara, who’s also the co-founder of Unite2Learn. The Vlog does have ENGLISH SUBTITLES, you just have to activate them in the bottom right corner. This Vlog is a bit different but it’s oh so important, let me know what you think and if you wanna read more about Unite2Learn head to www.unite2learn.org.
I feel like lately all I post here on the Blog are my Vlogs haha. Hopefully you don’t mind! Here’s my latest video with my friend Lisa from Russia. We didn’t know each other too well before this trip but after spending almost every waking hour with her the past two weeks, I’m so hooked on her! Go follow her on instagram as @LisaBaloo and keep your eyes peeled in the future! Much more to come from this insane rider! 🙂
YESSSS – had such a good contest and ended up with a Bronze medal in the final stop of the WPWS! So good to finish this season with another medal and to have a healthy knee! Check out the story of our weekend and let me know what you think about these Vlogs. 🙂
We made it to Korat!! Just checked into this epic hotel and about to head to the park to ride before the contest! It starts this weekend so wish us luck!
It’s wednesday and time for my second Vlog. I’m not too big a fan of air tricks but I had fun making this one. It’s pretty dorky but what the heck, this one’s on me 😉
Here it is!! My first VLOG! I am both nervous and excited to share it with you! In my head I’m thinking “Will anyone really wanna watch me talk about stuff?” But I thought, what the heck I have nothing to loose. With the encouragement from the Swedish Youtube Office, it’s now here. Please let me know if you like it, and if you wanna be the first to know when the next one drops click subscribe towards the end of the video (or on youtube directly). Thanks for watching! 🙂
Just got these photo’s sent my way by my Slingshot Team manager Jeff Mckee. This team trip to Wakepark Cable 7, right next to the famous streets of Venice in Italy was one of my favorite ever! Running around with a giant tourist map, enjoying the (expensive) Italian Gelato and causing the channels on a wooden boat was just like out of a postcard. At the same time we got some filming done at the cable and got to meet the European distributors (and drink endless amounts of coffee). I cannot wait to go back next year!
“Pretend that you are 80 years old, and you know, one of those 80-year-olds who are lucky to be in good health. Imagine that you are sitting in a comfortable armchair with a grandchild or two on your lap. One of those grandchildren ask you ‘Grandma, why did you wakeboard? Like really, why did you do it?’. What would you respond? Why do you do it?”
I got this assignment from a very wise sports psychologist when I was going through my injury right before I was allowed back on my board after 14 months off the water. He told me to write it down, everything I could think of, from the immense feeling of pride after winning a contest to the friends I’ve met along the way and to the simple joy of carving through glassy water. I went home and made my list (which i quite long and personal) and one week later we went through it together.
There were two main points that he suggested I write down on a piece of paper and put up on my wall at home:
- The feeling of warm water spraying against my legs.
- The feeling in my belly after I land a new- or old trick perfect.
These are the two most important internal goals and reasons to why I wakeboard. They are so simple and they don’t require anyone else or give me any kind or performance anxiety. When I started wakeboarding again after my injury I had times where I got frustrated that I wasn’t on the same level as right before my accident. “I might as well quit because nobody think I’m gonna make a comeback anyway” were some of the thoughts on my darkest days. Sometimes I felt like people counted me out and their doubt was shining through their eyes. I’d like to say that I was one of those people who’s determination never wavered during my recovery process, and I kinda was… for the first eight months. After it became clear that I needed a third surgery, my motivation acted like a yoyo and some days I felt like Pippi Longstocking while others I woke up as Eeyore the donkey. I think it was during this time I learned the most about myself as I adapted the motto “If your heart becomes tired, walk with your legs, but keep going”. I tried not to think about how I was going to get kicked off the national team or how people thought I was done and gone from the scene. I just kept going to the gym over and over and over again and when I got back on my board I thought back to the reasons why I’m even in this sport. It isn’t because of what other people think of me, not (mainly) about winning medals or traveling the world. Those two simple reasons in my notebook are my main reasons and those are the two reasons I focused on. By doing so I felt joy every time I went out on the water and I kept chasing that feeling of landing new tricks or perfecting old ones. By focusing on my own goals, everything else kinda started falling into place and now we’re here; at the end of my first season back. I am riding on the same level as I was before my injury, a few weeks ago I won my first contest since my surgery and thanks to Slingshot Wakeboards, I just released my very first pro model wakeboard!
I wanted to share this drill with you as I believe it changed the way I look at things. Why do YOU do what it is you do? What will you tell those grandchildren? And is your focus on what others think of you, money or fame? Can you change it to where you’re focusing on only those most important bits, the ones that make it truly worth it. The ones that make you, you.
Soon excited on the 2018 gear and to finally show you the first few images of my brand new Pro Model: The Contrast! It’s based off Dylan Millers, Solo and seriously is the best board I’ve ever had. It was love at first sight whenever I put it under my feet and after presenting my ideas to the amazing artist Zach Johnssen the graphics came out so good! I can’t wait for all of you to get a chance to try it our and let me know what you think. In my opinion its the best looking board in the whole line, what do you think? 🙂
Bonjorno! (Brad Pitt accent in inglorious basterds).
This last week I’ve been in… ITALY!! Together with the Slingshot crew we’ve shot some product videos for the 2018 line and wow am I excited for you to see it! The water here at CableWakepark7 is naturally this blue due to the limestone around the lake and this together with Italian coffee, pizza and pasta has made this trip my favorite team trip yet. It was so good to hang out with the rest of the guys, wake up at 6 am every morning to shoot and dancing barefoot in the sand at the local cable beach party. We also got to spend a day in Venice which was exactly how I’d imagined it. Im so grateful to be back traveling and wakeboarding again! Tomorrow I head to Poland for my first competition back, the World Games! I’ll try and update the blog a bit more once I’m there! Until then, Ciao!
I’ve been getting some questions about how my knee is doing so I figured I’d do another little write-up about it. Let me start off by saying how stoked I am to be back on the water! All in all I feel like a million bucks and I am taking my time getting back to charging it again. Physically, I feel pretty good. I can ride cable and boat again and I am still working on getting my strength back up to 110%. I just need to be careful to not ride too much as my knee tends to get sore if I do. My PT tells me its because I had 3 surgeries during a short period of time so the joint capsule needs some time to recover and therefore gets irritated easily. Basically, I just need to be patient and keep building strength.
My biggest surprise coming back to wakeboarding was the mental aspect. I was sure I was going to feel frustrated of not riding at the same level as I was right before the injury straight of the bat and was sure that my level would be so low. I also thought I was going to be scared of wakeboarding and re-injury. Luckily this was so not the case!
As soon as I got back behind the boat I felt like it had only passed about 2 weeks since my last boat set. I feel like I could go out and do all the tricks I used to do again and the fear is almost none existent. (I think maybe going straight out of Rehab to the O’Neill Hit the Road winch trip without a knee-brace might have helped with that haha). The only part about boat riding I’m not comfortable with yet is landing in the flats as I don’t have the same strength as before. I’ve been taking my time working on building the strength back before getting back into trying my more advanced tricks but in my mind, they feel just like before. I guess we will see in a couple of weeks 😉
I’ve had days behind the boat where I got a bit frustrated and felt like things were never going to work out. I guess this is just natural, I’m only human. One day after a bad set and getting mad at JB for no reason I went home, had some food and went to sleep. I was back to normal again and the next day I had the best set yet. I’m heading back to Sweden in a few days to ride my first contest back: the Swedish Nationals. I’ll keep you posted on how I go 🙂
The second episode was my favorite time on the trip! The DIY challenge, where we each were given €40 in the hardware store to try and build our own wakeboard was so much fun! Also we were hitting up spots in Berlin and Dylan almost got in trouble with the local police riding one spot in the heart of the city. Check out all the action and let me know which wakeboard you think was the best!
How to make sure you’re the first on on when the cable opens? Sleep in the car! We parked the van at BSR this weekend and besides hitting up the cable we got to join Round III Media in the making of their next video. I felt like I was a part of one of those american beer commercials. There were music, people flipping off a diving board, jetski’s, girls in bikinis waving an american flag, pit bikes and a helicopter. Stay tuned for this one, I can’t wait to see how it turned out!
My knee is loving the cable riding and I have already started learning rail hits that I didn’t know how to do before my injury. Before I used to focus a lot on kickers and as I am trying to ease back into it, I’ve been given the opportunity to work on rails. Now we’re heading back to Austin to get back behind the boat again as I have the World Games coming up in about a month!