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!!
“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!
Here’s the video from the Women’s World Cup finals in Mandurah. We were all struggling with challenging water conditions and I didn’t feel like I rode to the best of my abilities but check it out, its such a good production that I had to show you anyways
I made it to Texas and have been spending the past couple of days riding boat with JB and today we decided to take a break since I’m so sore a can barely get out of bed. After exploring the internet last time I was here we found some pictures of the nature reserve Jacob’s well. After finding out that you we’re not allowed to swim in it after september we didn’t go visit it then but today seemed like the perfect day for a spring-trip! After about 45 minutes in the car we reached the outlines of the reserve and since today was tuesday the parking lot was completely empty. Stoked, we got our towels and sunscreen out of the car and started following the signs to “The Well” only the walk straight into a big red sign the said “NO SWIMMING UNTIL MAY 1st”. Oh no, not again! We decided since we were there we should check it out anyways and we were greeted by the most beautiful view!
Since the water was so clear we decided, heck with it, and jumped in anyways. After a couple of minutes a family with three young children came around and since we were already swimming the little kids jumped in too. The water was freezing cold but so clear! It’s definitely one of the most astonishing places I’ve visited. The well goes down 23 ft (about 8 meters) and then continues into a cave system that goes for over a mile (1,6 km). After jumping around and diving as far down as we could for about an hour the park ranger came and told us off as we were happily drying in the sun.
Behind her came an old couple that winked at us and said “Well you’ve got to live life of the edge sometimes” while all the little kids giggled and we quickly left the park. All in all, such a good day
So excited to show you this latest video project I’ve been working on with JB O’Neill! We spend about a month in the Phillies and I progressed my cable-riding more than ever! Please check me out and let me know what you think
So stoked on this new ALL GIRLS video from CWC in the Philippines! Check it out, its filled with riders from all around the world and so inspiring to watch! Thanks you ladies for all your motivation and for all the good times on our trip!
Spending my time, surfing and getting ready for the World Cup with these girls. Getting back to Australia after spending a month in Asia feels like traveling through time to the future. Not being used to the accessibility of luxury items such as groceries with labels that we can understand, toilet paper and drinking water straight from the tap has made me a bit socially awkward. Slowly I’m getting used to being back in a world where the WiFi is fast and the boys are pretty and I’m so lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing people. At the moment we are staying with Hayley and her mom on the Gold Coast spending our days surfing, drinking flat whites at cafés and the other day we did a super fun lifestyle shoot with one of Hayley’s friends for Wake Mag. Hopefully I can show you some pics soon!
Tomorrow we head up to ride with Harley Clifford and his X-star to get some last practice before flying to Perth and the contest on Thursday night. I can’t wait to get back behind the boat!
Today we decided to sleep in meaning that we woke up at 7.15 well rested and ready for new adventures. After watching the girls ride a couple laps and letting my body rest while working on some emails we all jumped on our scooter for a girls-trip to the waterfall close by here! It was so beautiful and the water so clear (but freezing cold!) and we did have some unexpected encounters with two leaches which tried to snack on Mel and Nicola. Luckily they never had time to latch on and after a minor freakout with about 7 of girls screaming like umm, well little girls we got it sorted
Many of you have wondered where my yoga-pants (aka Wakepants ) are from. Recently I got in contact with the Swedish Company Aim’n Sportswear who are now offering all of you 20% off any leggings by using the code CarroLovesAimn on their website! I’m absolutely in love with their prints and I’m so stoked to be able to share this discount with you! The code will be valid until the 22nd of Febuary and they ship worldwide!!
Happy shopping xx
What a crazy start to the year! Thailand for a month and now Philippines. Contracts with sponsors to get sorted out, competition plans to be made, travels to purchase and new goal so pursue.
With plans of redoing my website, my blogging has taken a step back but with the internet here in Asia being slower than a snail racing through peanut-butter it’s taken longer than expected. So, here’s a quick update for you while we continue to work on the new one!
I’ve traveled with Nicola to the small village of Naga in the Philippines after spending four weeks at Anthem Wake Park in Phuket, Thailand. We loved staying there with such great atmosphere, cozy little restaurants and white beaches. Check out the travel guide Nicola wrote for The Outsiders Online about our trip.
Being here at CWC has been incredible. With so many opportunities to learn and so many inspiring people I can’t think of a better place to be right now! We’ve both progressed so much and the more cable I ride the more I love it! I think this year I will be trying to enter as many cable events as I can along with the boat ones.
I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a season to start!!
Every year on January first people feel different, hopeful, a chance for a fresh start. New year equals new beginnings and the motivation this day brings is incomparable to any other day of the year. If you think about it this day is not different to any other day, the swedish mist is just as present, the temperature just as low and the hours of daylight the same as yesterday.
Still on this day the presence of the word change lingers in the air so strong you could almost touch it. As I woke up early at my friend Hanna’s apartment in Gothemburg and made my way through the almost deserted streets to catch a train back to Stockholm I couldn’t help but feel the same kind of feeling myself. Normally I’m the kind of girl who would say something like “Why do you need a new year to change something when you could do it on any day?” but the feeling I felt today is not about change, not about some new years resolution that is supposed to make me skinnier or richer. What crept upon me this morning was a feeling of excitement for what 2015 will bring, a desire and drive to do good things and to grow.
For me 2014 was my favorite year yet (Although I guess I say that every year… Okay maybe the year when I turned five was pretty good too since I learnt both how to read and how to ride a bike). The past year was my first doing what I’ve been wanting to do ever since I was 13 and first picked up a wakeboard: I got to spend a season in America. With my heart filled with expectations of what the summer would bring I returned to Europe in October having reached more than I could ever have imagined. Both amazing things in the form and shape of new tricks, new friends and an understanding about the wakeboarding community but also with ends of relationships, injuries of friends and a lot of unpleasant but very useful life experiences.
I can honestly say that I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished this year and I thank my lucky star every day that I am able to live this life. I am so grateful for the continued support of my sponsors and the motivation they give me by pushing me to become a better rider, athlete, person and for my family who always supports me in my dreams, even though my dreams are so different to “the way you are supposed to do things”.
Hopefully I managed to share and spread my feeling of motivation this morning, I hope you have a wonderful start to 2015 and thanks for reading my rambling though!