Being part of team Betsafe definitely has its perks! This weekend the Gumball 3000 Rally dropped the starting flag on Gustav Adolfs torg in Stockholm. Unfortunately I am not one of the drivers this year but I was thrilled to hang out at the grid and check out all the amazing vehicles! After a beautiful sunny day we went home to get ready for a night on the town and what a night! I can’t even remember the last time I was out dancing til 4am! Thank you so much Betsafe for an unforgettable night!!
What a weekend! The Dockland Summer Festival is an event in the heart of the city in Dublin and with the crowds estimated to 20 000 people both saturday and sunday it was pretty scary to strap on your board and hit the chilly Irish water. The event was mainly a Demo to try and get wakeboarding to the people and hopefully inspire some locals to try it one day but we had a contest format where the audience could vote for their favorite rider. I was so happy when local rider Aisling Deegan (who by the way is only 16!!) got the people’s support and got the most votes!
It was also great to see JB for four days since he flew all the way from Texas to get into a cold, wet wetsuit and spend the weekend with me. We’ve been looked after so well by the organizers who have taken us to different spots each day showing us off the best bars and restaurants in Dublin, my favorite one being to Rooftop bar right by the event!
Now I’m about to get on a plane for a quick visit to the Monster Energy head office in London before flying home to Stockholm and probably passing out quick in my own bed. Busy day ahead!
A quick 48 hours at home and now I’m back at the airport again. This time for a weekend in Dublin and the Dockland Summer Festival! This weekend is going to be so much fun and I can not wait to hit the Irish shopping streets! I don’t usually shop too often but the stores in the UK and Ireland are simply irresistible and since the event doesn’t start until tomorrow I have a whole day of spending way too much money on shoes ahead of me!
Mixed pictures from a day riding on lake Conway in Orlando a few days ago
Sometimes things move in 200km and thats what it feels like right now. After a long flight I landed in Stockholm yesterday and after a nights sleep to fight off the jetlag I now have a busy day ahead. To try and regain some energy I went for a quick run by the lake and had breakfast with my mom and now I’m about to repack my bags for a trip to Dublin for the weekend! It feels so good to be back!
Time flies by in this part of the world and especially since I’ve been keeping busy. The last week has been filled of riding, working out and shooting while catching up with my “Floridian” friends. The best part was to get the chance to shoot with Rodrigo Donoso, one of the best photographers in the business during our Hyperlite shoot for the 2016 catalog. I would love to work with him again, such an amazing guy who just motivates everyone around him to be and perform their best.
As much as I love being in this part of the world, I feel like it is a finished chapter of my life. I absolutely love visiting here but I know now that this is not where I want to live anymore. On to new adventures but first, we’re going riding on one of the million lakes out here
Sunday mornings with Acro yoga in the park was a good start to my Orlando trip. Im not sure if my abs got sore from the positions or from laughing so hard but wow it was a fun few hours. Afterwords we headed to my favorite vegetarian restaurant in Florida, Dandelion followed by a night of gossip, tea and game of thrones at the house. I’m so stoked to be reunited with my florida friends!
So Greg Nelson from Hyperlite snapped these shots of me at BSR the other day and some of my very kind friends have pointed out that it looks like I’m naked… I just wanted to clarify that I AM NOT naked, I’m just wearing skin colored shorts that makes me look like I’m going “Ankeborg” as you would say in Sweden.
Besides this little issue, I thought the pics turned out really cool and I can’t wait for next weeks photo shoot!
Even though I didn’t make it to Cancun for the Malibu Pro event, due to rather staying in Texas and working on my riding, I was following the whole event through The Wakeboard Site. I was so stoked when the results rolled in and I saw my friend Nicola Butler take home the gold!! So proud of you chick, such an inspiring rider and friend!
Congrats the rest of you girls killing it too, Dallas and Raimi for 2nd and 3rd and Larissa my little mexican for sticking her first ever back 5 in a contest!!
Thank you BSR Cable Park for always being so welcoming and amazing! I love coming here and I’m already looking forwards to the next time! Now back to Austin where we’ll be spending the week behind the boat! Seeing other girls kill it in contests always makes me super motivated to learn new tricks so now back to training mode!! By the way, how awesome are JB O’Neills photo skills getting? I’m making him not only do videos but practice on me, what do you think?
What can I say, the first US contest of the year was this past weekend, the Nautique Wake Open. JB and I decided to drive up from Austin to BSR on Thursday Night and after a good nights sleep I was excited to hit the water! After a stop at a local Starbucks we headed to the competition site early to watch little Rocker, who we’ve been riding with down in Austin, compete in the boys division. It’s incredible to see what the young riders are doing these days and rocker killed it, stomping his first ever Tantrum to Blind in a contest!
I was stoked to see my friends (and my competition ) again! Its always fun to just watch them ride and catch up on what everyone’s been up too. We got to see our heat and I must say I thought mine was particularly tough consisting of myself, Abby Delgoffe USA, Bec Gange AUS, Raimi Merritt USA and Dallas Friday USA. Luckily I was first of the dock, which is my favorite spot as I can just do my thing without having to change/plan my run according to the other girls. Things started off fairly well with my first pass going according to plan. I did feel like I wasn’t going as big as usual and for my last trick in the first pass, I landed on top of the second wake and fell. Trying to recover I started off being pretty nervous in my second pass and after missing the grab on my first trick, my mojo was way off and I fell on my second one. In WWA contests you get three falls but by now I had pretty much given up. I knew I needed to hit my bardest tricks and even if I did that I probably didn’t have a chance but I wanted to show the judges that I could do more than crash. Fair enough I got up and went straight into a moby dick, riding away clean and feeling thrilled I finished up with a toe 5.
After my run I just sat back and watched the other girls. Dallas ended up winning our heat with a sick run. Honestly it still feel really cool competing against her since I have a poster of her back in my room at my moms house from when I was 15. She’s always been someone I look up too and getting second in the heat, progressing to finals, was World Cup champion Raimi.
Sure I was a bit disappointed that I hadn’t nailed my run but at the same time, its just a contest and I know there will be more contests. I’m actually pretty proud that I got my sh#t together and didn’t give up. Congratulations to Meagan Ethell who ended up taking the win and to my Hyperlite team mate Raimi Merritt for coming second!!
The other day I decided to try and play a little with my Gopro Hero4 and so I made my own little customized Gopole out of the Gopole Reach and I handed the remote control to JB in the boat and asked him to press the button every time I hit the wake.The pictures turned out pretty cool!
“Hey wanna go to BSR tonight?” “Okay”
Thats how our 2 hour long drive to BSR Cable Park started. I’d already talked to my friends from the Swedish Wakeboarding High School (Wakeboard Gymnasiet i Fagersta) who are spending 4 weeks of their pre-season training here in Texas and they we’re stoked to invite us to hang out with them!
It almost feels like too much of a flashback to five years ago when I was in this school and I’m so excited that there is such an opportunity in Sweden. We’ve been riding cable, having big breakfasts and laughing at all the little games the students are playing all the time! It’s so fun to be able to ride both boat and cable this close to each other do I even have to mention that I’m in love with Texas?
Soo impressed with the level of female wakeboarding today! Check out this shredder Anna Nikstad as she becomes the first girl to land a Pete 5!!
Yesterday we took a rest day and went looking for a new camera for JB. He ended up getting a Panasonic Lumix GH4 and he was happily waving it around taking pictures and telling me “Carro, do a cartwheel” so that he could test out the slowmo. I dragged him along through the student quarters of Austin while looking in the little boutiques and stopping at a local coffee shop for my coffee fix. There’s so much cool street art in Austin too, I loved it! Afterwords a stop a Chipoltle, my favorite american/mexican fast food chain, we headed home for a quiet night and to get up early to ride again!