After getting completely smoked in the surf yesterday we decided to chill today as well since the swell is estimated to get pretty big. First time I could sleep in since we’ve got here (: I love waking up, opening the blinds and walking out on our balcony. Having the ocean as your neighbor really is amazing. Today we’re planning on getting a massage and enjoying our last day of beach before the flights are meant to take me back home to Spain. So happy to have experienced this adventure and I will definitely come back someday!
The view from our bedroom in the mornings, it’s called The Impossibles and they are amazing!
The second World Cup Stop for 2013 comes to an end. In my LCQ I had a rough time again and after crashing out on one of my standard tricks I had to settle with watching the finals from the sunny shore with an ice cold beer in my hand. I drink pretty rarely but both myself and Red Bulls Sasha Christian felt that we deserved a “we suck party”. The riding in the finals was amazing though, some of the best I’ve seen in a World Cup stop. It was such a close call between Raimi Merritt (USA) and Nicola Butler (GBR). In the end it came down to Nicolas wild card trick, a Moby Dick which she landed just a tiny bit on the second wake and dropped the handle. Raimi grabbed her 8th World Cup title with Nicola in second and the last stop’s winner Bec Gange (AUS) in third.
In the guys finals I was really impressed with my fellow O’Neill team rider, Sam Carne’s (GBR) run. For a while it looked like he would be on the podium but as usual, no-one could stop Harley so with the Australian champ in first place, Shota Tezuka (JPN) in second and Andrew Adkinson (USA) in third, Sam ended up in the forth place. Unfortunately DC had to join me and Sascha in our “loser party” since he also fell on a roll to blind, which is one of his standard tricks and therefore didn’t make it through to the Semi’s.
I was a bit disappointed about crashing out of course but it was great to be able to make it to the closing ceremony in high heels this time in stead of in a cast 😉 The people of Palembang really go all out to make sure we feel welcomed here so after everything from fireworks to dancers and handshakes with the governor we got taken to a huge night club. Once there we got told to order whatever we wanted to eat or drink on the house. Do I have to add that things got crazy pretty fast? My only issue was to make the waiters understand that I was vegetarian since they kept bringing me chicken and everyone who know me, knows how cranky I get without food. Therefore I didn’t stay too long but went home to sleep around midnight and woke up early for a smashing breakky. Myself and Lucas had to leave pretty early to make our flight to Bali and in all the rush I realized I’d forgotten my spanking new binding by the contest site! Panicking I asked the organizers if there was any chance that they could give them to another rider so that I could maybe get them to Europe. Since the Indonesian people are the nicest I’ve ever met it didn’t take long before I got told that the bindings would be brought to me in the airport and so they were! Big thanks to you guys, you are the best! Now we’re on our way for a couple of days surfing in Bali before heading back to Europe. It’s always a pleasure to visit Palembang and hopefully I’ll be back there soon.
Talking to the locals really makes me appreciate the life I’ve got and how my problems are so small compared so the problems of others. Definitely a big kick in the face with perspective. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are and start taking things for granted. I’m going to stop that now and fully enjoy my trip to Bali with Nicola, Bec, Lucas, Andrew and Daniel. Talk soon!
Ps. massive photo update coming whenever I’ve got better wifi, for now, here’s a photo of some of the Pro Women
I slept like a rock even though I was worried about the jetlag so today I feel really good. Had a smashing breakfast with “healthy” croissants and coffee and now soon ready to take my stuff and head to the comp site. Yesterday at the testrun it actually did hit me that this is the spot where I damaged my ankle behind the same boat and conditions about 6 months ago and it was the first time since I’ve been back on my board that it actually scared me a little. The test run went fine but when I came to the same spot where it all went down in the course my head blacked out and I took a fall. Hopefully the ghosts of the past wont spook on me in the semi’s today and as usual both heats are stacked with great riders (as you saw in my previous post). Feels great to be back in Indo though and everyone here is so nice! I’m remembered as “the girl who hurt her ankle” so I’ve got tons of friends here still.
Today was practice, the 37th World Cup Stop starts tomorrow and here are the heats. Women starts at 2.pmIndonesian time (9 am Swedish) and the guys are straight after, don’t forget you can watch it live at www.iwwf.tv. Wish me luck! (:
Just had to tell you guys, of course, the idiot (that is ME) booked the wrong last flight so instead of leaving with D and all my friends I had to stay behind and wait another hour for the next flight and of course that flight is delayed. Haha sometimes I even surprise myself with my brilliantness.
I feel a little bit like this guy right now.. (Photo: Unknown)
Two flights and two more to go! Now I’m in Kuala Lumpur with DC on our way to the next World Cup stop in Indonesia. Here (after smashing another starbucks) we met up with some more of the riders like Michael Callebert from Belgium and thr Red Bull talent Giorgia Gregorio from Italy. The last two flights are only a couple hours and I can’t wait to get there. I think we are about to board so I’ll tell you more when I know. Don’t forget you can follow me on my instagram as well. @Wakecarro
Just found a 9 minute recap from the World Cup finals. Definitely one of the most fun contests I’ve ever ridden, full of awesome people, check it out!