“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you or make you happy” Paulo Coelho
Sometimes life throws us a curved ball and what you thought was your reality get swung upside down. I know a lot of you have been picking up on some changes through my social media lately and I wanted to write a quick blog post about this. My past few weeks has been filled with unexpected decisions from two of the companies I’ve been representing which has resulted in two finished partnerships.
These series of events has taken me by surprise as both my team managers and myself have enjoyed working together and were looking forwards to continue that way for 2016 but sometimes things don’t play out the way we want them to. I wish these companies all the best and I’m thankful for the past years but I’m looking forwards to move on to new opportunities.
A crazy idea, a killer sponsor, a creative camera team, a positive board store, a couple of great friends and my idea of Defying Winter became reality.
You would not believe how hard it is for someone to try and wakeboard in a location where snowy mountains fill the backdrop. Growing up in Sweden, we were used to ride in all sort of conditions. With todays wetsuits and warm clothes its not really too difficult but when the temperature drops below freezing point, things get to another level of complicated.
I presented my idea to Lifeproof about trying to capture the contrast of becoming a pro Wakeboarder in the north and they immediately jumped on the idea. After talking to my pro surfer friend Tim Latte, I found the perfect camera crew in Max Larsson and his team and we were off!
The problem was: Finding somewhere with snow on the shoreline but where to lake was still open. We after deciding that we wanted to drive up to Sweden’s biggest snow resort we started calling friends and tourist offices to find a decent lake. After a few days of research we finally got it, Kallsjön. It’s Swedens third deepest lake with its over 300m depth so even thought most of the lakes surrounding it were already covered with Ice, Kallsjön was still open.
Our next problem was: how do we get a boat there? I am lucky enough to be working together with Froggy Vattensport, one of Swedens biggest watersport stores and also an importer of Wakeboard boats. Since we were heading towards december most logical people in Sweden had already started preserving their boats for the winter to make sure the engine doesnt freeze so our only option if we wanted a boat made for wakeboarding was one of Froggy’s. Luckily they were all over the idea and after changing to winter tires on the trailer, to make sure they could last for driving on snow and ice we were good to go. My insane friend Oscar got in the car to drive the boat 14 HOURS by himself up north towards the mountains.
Meanwhile the rest of our team had already gotten in our Jeeps to get up to Åre a few days early and check the location. Again we were incredibly lucky to get in touch with Erik, a local who’s family has been living on Kallsjön for generations. With his help we scouted the lake to make sure we wouldn’t hit any unexpected rocks but after he told us about the depth of the lake, we felt pretty safe.
When Oscar finally came up with the boat, we quickly discovered that the boat ramp was covered in ice and that we were going to have a huge problem dropping the boat in. Thankfully Erik solved this problem for us by rocking up in a huge tractor, helping us get the boat in.
At this point, I was getting a bit nervous as the air was being a brisk -5 degrees and I was looking out at the ice blocks floating in the water. O’Neill has sent me a 3/4mm Psycho wetsuit along with 3mm neoprene gloves and socks. I also had a 1mm thermo shirt under my wetsuit along with my hood so I was feeling pretty confident going in the water.
When I jumped in the first time, I didn’t immediately feel the cold. A big smile hit my face (which was all squished together from my hood) as I saw the boat take of the first time. The water was perfect, the snowy mountain was in the background and everything was strangely quiet as I couldn’t hear the normal gush of wind blowing because of my hood. I looked over my head and saw that the film crew had just started chasing me with the drone. The whole feeling felt like out of a video game or a Christmas saga and I remember thinking “I can’t believe I’m actually doing this”. In the next moment I watched the drone fly unnaturally close to the forest and I remember thinking “that’s odd” before CRASH, it collided with a big pine tree. Our boat stopped and I sank down in the water and this time, I could feel the water hovering around freezing point starting to hit my body.
After getting back up in the boat and waited for 20 minutes while the film guys were playing a their version of the Hunger Games in the forest trying to find the drone I could feel my fingers start loosing their feel and a slight shivering had started all over my body. Luckily I’d asked my friend Tim how he copes with cold water surfing so I had brought a couple of bottles filled with hot water that I could pour in my wetsuit and my gloves to regain some movement. After this short break we were ready to go again, this time filming from a chase boat. Riding in cold conditions like these turned out to be much more challenging than I had anticipated. My muscles were seizing up by the cold, I quickly lost feeling in my fingers and toes so it got very hard to keep track of what my body was doing. After around 20 minutes and two more breaks of hot water in my gloves we decided to head back to the house.
As soon as we got to shore, one of the film crew guys were waiting with a warm car for me ready to take me back to the house where I got a hot shower and warm clothes. After some lunch where we discussed what had gone wrong we decided to head back out to do another run to get some drone footage. In the meanwhile we had to go and start the boat a couple of times to keep the engine from freezing and getting damaged. We repeated the procedure and after another successful session we headed back in when the sun set at 3pm. Being this far north we only had a couple of hours of daylight so we had to make the most of it.
After another hot shower and getting the boat out of the water with the tractor again, Oscar immediately started running glycol through the engine to keep it from freezing. I can honestly say that by now I was the most exhausted I’ve ever been in my life and I fell asleep both on the couch at Erik’s and in the car on our way back to the house.
I had no idea if my plan of riding in this lake was going to work, how my riding was going to be and if the boat would hold up but thanks to a great group of people and a little luck, we made it!! Looking back, its easily one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had. Like photographer Chris Burkard says “Anything that is worth pursuing require us to suffer, just a little bit”.
We made it!! I am so thrilled to be back on my board in one of my favorite cable parks in the world! I’ve now been here at CWC for two weeks and I’m feeling better than ever on my board. Sure my body was pretty sore after my three month break but thanks to Britta at The Swedish National Sports complex my ankle feels amazing.
I’m also so excited to be back with my boy again and we’ve been spending our days mostly wakeboarding until we literally are too tired to hold on to the handle (well until I’M too tired anyways). There are so many amazing people here from all over the world that I feel like I’ve known for years and everyone are so focused on progressing their riding, its contagious.
We celebrated new years yesterday with the whole park and after having a few beers, a bit of dancing and watched the fireworks on the beach JB and I went for an early night at 12.30. Today I’m letting my body rest for a day before attacking the massive list of trick goals I’ve set up for the next 3 months. Hopefully I’ll get better at updating my website along the way 🙂
Photo: Nicola Butler
In Sweden we have this expression called ”Jante-lagen”, it’s an unwritten law about that you never should stand out too much. Obviously not many people wanna show their worst sides to the world but also, In Sweden it is frowned upon if you come across to cocky or successful. Today with everyone posting their proudest moments online before they call and tell their mothers this expression isn’t used as much anymore. One thing growing up with this unwritten law meant was that if someone ever did stand out, did claim something he/she was proud of or did talk themselves up, a lot of my friends (and myself) felt the urge to immediately talk that person down. For the record, let me just add that this was around the time where I used to ride my yellow bike to school and my biggest concerns was how I was gonna get the whole collection of N-sync bubble-gum stickers. I am hoping that both myself and my friends has grown up and gotten a bit further in our personal development since then.
Anyways, today when I look at the direction wakeboarding is taking, I can’t help but to be right back on the school-ground. I don’t know why it is that lately there has been so much negativity blowing up within the wakeboard community. I don’t know if it’s because it makes us feel better about our own riding to talk other riders down when they are doing things differently than us? Maybe it’s the newest ”trend” within wake to call out everything we don’t like and it’s a phase that will pass. Maybe we’re trying to impress the ”cool kids on the block” by hating the same things that they hate? Whatever it is, I believe it is bringing wakeboarding down.
Let me clarify:
I’ve spent the last 5 days working with Max Larsson and his crew from Husky Motion on our latest project for Lifeproof. Here are some shots from our first day of filming in Stockholm but now we’re up in Åre shooting something a little bit crazy. I can’t wait to show you the rest of the project! Stay tuned…
I’m so excited to share the news of my latest partnership with Lifeproof! Being someone who is very clumsy with her phones, this could not have been a better company for me! I’ve been using Lifeproofs cases (the Fre and the Nuud) since March and believe it or not, my phone is still alive, the screen is not cracked and it’s not water damaged at all! I’m not even scared to bring my phone with me in the boat anymore or or throwing it in my bag full of we bikini’s. I look forward to an awesome 2016 with this company!
This week I had my first ever COVER of Wake Journal Magazine along with an article I wrote named “The importance of moving forward”. Making it onto the cover has been on my checklist for a while now and I’m thrilled to have landed on one with this photo taken by JB O’Neill!
As most of you probably know, I’ve been working my way back from a sprained ankle for the past eight weeks. It has meant countless hours at the gym, ice packs and healthy eating plus having to take about six weeks off wakeboarding! I was so thrilled to finally get back on my board about a week ago and now I’ve been in intense training mode to get ready for Mexico next week. Usually my days look like this:
8 am – Wake up, get dressed and go for a bike ride around the neighborhood
8.30 am – Quick yoga/stretch to wake up my muscles and get rid of some of the soreness from the day before
9 am – Breakfast (Usually yoghurt with granola and chia seeds and coffee)
9.30 am – Emails (Can’t wait to tell you about some exciting projects I’ve been working on!)
11 am – Taking the boat out with Oscar and JB for as much riding as we can handle
3 pm – Lunch (by this time I’m usually starving but sometimes I throw in some protein shakes or trail mix on the boat) usually salads with quinoa, chick peas, celery, cucumber, hummus, rice crackers, goat cheese and a ton of water.
4 pm – Either heading out to the cable at Next Level Ride or hitting the gym for ankle rehab
7 pm – Dinner, sometimes veggie burgers at the cable or something home-made in front of a movie.
10 pm – Bedtime
I’ve been trying to eat as healthy as I can, get a lot of sleep and work hard during the days and I feel like it has been paying off. Every time I ride I feel a huge improvement from the last time and I wake up full of energy (even though my muscles are aching from not wakeboarding for a while!). On Sunday Oscar and I leave for Cancun to represent team Sweden in the IWWF Worlds so we have a couple more days to ride before new adventures! Excited! 🙂
So I thought I’d write a post about women who fascinate me. In today’s society it’s so easy to follow people’s lives on social media so here are some of my favorite instagramers to stalk:
67 World Cup wins speak for themselves. Throw in an amazing comeback after a blown out knee and a drive that never seems to end and you have Lindsey Vonn. If you haven’t seen her documentary “The Climb” you should definitely look it up, I’ve watched it three times already and it’s definitely showing that anything is possible if you want it bad enough.
There’s something about female surfers that inspire me so much. Maybe it’s because surfing is another passion of mine (even if I never will be even close to the level of the female pro’s) and because they live a life similar to mine with travels, contests, best friends with your toughest competition and a healthy lifestyle. Coco Ho is one of my favorite surfers to watch as she rips along with sharing some awesome and personal moments on her instagram. I’m simply amazed by the life she seems to be living and I’m guessing none of you missed her amazing feature last year in the ESPN Body issue?
I’m not quite sure why but I’ve been obsessing a bit about Rhonda Rousey lately. Being in a sport so different from mine and with the most competitive mentality I’ve seen I don’t identify with her at all but there’s something oh so interesting about her drive. I guess drive is the keyword in what makes her so inspiring because she seems to be incredibly focused on beating the crap out of her next competitor every time. Her cocky attitude blows me away and I can’t other but inspire how openly she expresses her feelings, even though sometimes it might end up a scandalous headline.
Jamie Anderson is living a life that I miss sometimes living the endless summer. THE. SNOW. I love snowboarding and growing up in Sweden my dad always took us on snow-trips around Europe. Getting a glimpse of Jamie’s life makes me long for the snow and her creativity with Gopro pictures inspire me to try and copy her when I’m wakeboarding. (She also seems to be having a blast skinny-dipping in lake Tahoe and simply enjoying life)
Who inspires you? Comment below!
This past weekend I flew out to Orlando for Surf Expo and the Wake Awards. Its always such a fun time of the year as people travel from all over the world to be there and you get to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in ages. This year I knew my Double half cab roll would be in the mix of tricks submitted for trick of the year so I was a bit nervous when the 2015 Wake Awards started. Being kinda new to the WWA scene I’ve always been a bit shy at contests and events like these so as I took my place next to JB way back at the awards I had little butterflies in my stomach. I had a feeling that the award was going to go to Anna Nikstad, who earlier this year became the first female rider to land a Pete Rose 540 but a little voice inside my head kept wishing it would be me. As the rolled the “Trick of the year-reel” I saw Annas and my own submissions next to Angelika Shrieber and Meagan Ethell and I was actually pretty proud just to be up on that big screen.
As of in a dream I heard my friend Ben Greenwood up on stage saying (in my head it was slow motion) “and the winner is.. my girl Carro Djupsjo!” followed by JB’s voice in my ear “Holy crap, you won! Get up there”. Making my way through the crowd to get into the VIP section my knees felt like jelly and as I came straight from the expo I felt a little out of place in my torn jeans and sneakers next to the high heels and dresses. I got big hugs from Ben and Aaron up on stage and ramled a thank you speech I barely remember. I still almost can believe this as it’s been a career long goal for me and the night got even better as I got to share it with the “Male best trick” winner and my friend Cody Hesse for his triple flip!
All in all, expo was so much fun this year and thanks everyone for your well wishes!! See the full results of the awards here: LINK
Had the best weekend in Kungälv för the Swedish national and ended up taking my 8th straight national title! Besides riding in this event I was also acting Chief Judge and it definitely made me grow some experience. Big thanks to the organizers for putting on a great event and to all the riders and judges, see you next year!
So excited to finally show you this video, of my first ever Double flip! It was a really challenging few weeks for me to land this trick, I’ve learned so much about myself and about getting frustrated but now it’s an indescribable feeling!
Now I’m back home again after claiming my fourth European title this past week! The contest was probably one of the most challenging I’ve ever faced since the level of female wakeboarding has never been higher. Especially Giorgia Gregorio impressed me a lot!
The day before the finals the organizers put on a special event for us. I was thrilled to get selected to participate and I ignored the fact that my ankle, which I twisted one day before leaving Texas, was hurting quite a bit. I went out in the semi final but on my first jump, I landed a bit harder than I expected and i immediately felt that something had gone wrong. I tried to finish my contest run but after screaming in pain in the water I crashed out on two tricks and didn’t make it straight to the finals.
Now I was faced with a pretty hard decision: Do I keep competing in this extra event through the LCQ round and risk not being able to ride the European finals or do I give up and lost the chance of the 2000 USD cash price? In the end for me, money is just that: money. I decided to give my ankle the chance of rest and had a big lump in my stomach as I told the judges I wouldn’t be competing again during that same day. Spending the day elevating and icing my ankle I prayed that it would feel better the next morning, the time of the finals. I was wrong.
On saturday morning I woke up feeling quite cheerful, that was until I tried to walk to the bathroom and I noticed that my ankle was even worse than the day before. Super disappointed I skyped my dad asking him what to do: I didnt want to risk the rest of my season by riding the finals but at the same time, I got this far! I didnt just wanna give up. In the end I decided to give it a go but to throw the handle if I felt too much pain.
I was pretty nervous that morning and made my poor team mates drive me to the arena two hours before my division. Once there I found the french teams physio Axel, who had helped me make the decision not to ride the previous day. He helped me tape up my ankle so much it felt like I was wearing a cast. In some angles it still hurt but I was thrilled to discover I now could put weight on it without whimpering in pain. It had one downside though, after about 10 minutes my foot started to go numb so I had to prance around the site to keep a steady blood-flow going. Again Axel looked at me with a worried look and said “If it hurts, you stop okay”. “Okay” I answered, and in my mind I had some doubts that I actually would keep this promise.
Once the women’s finals was up, I had the advantage of starting last, as I had won my semi-final. This usually is good because you can look at the other riders and plan your run. My problem is, I get way too nervous if I do that. Instead I put my headphones in, looked the other way and zoomed out to some Taylor Swift.
When it was my turn, I asked the Swedish Team Manager: “How did they do?” and he just told me “Don’t worry, you got this just do your thing”. I put my board on, feeling like my foot wasn’t part of my body, more like lump at the end of my leg but at least it didnt hurt. Then I was off, I had decided to make my decision after my first jump, if I should keep riding or not. Nervously I cut in towards the wake and actually got booted even higher than I was expecting. Its amazing how much time you have to think as you are floating through the air that split second. I was wondering “is it gonna hurt? Am I going to blow my ankle now? I should’ve taken it easier. oh crap…”. I braced myself for the landing, not knowing what to expect and… …BOOM just like that, my ankle felt fine! Thrilled I kept moving on with my run, thinking one trick at a time and actually forgetting that I was hurt for a second. Everytime you land a trick in a contest run you get this rush of satisfaction and even though I did take an unexpected fall on a Moby Dick, I came back into the dock with a big smile on my face.
I had done okay! I did most of my tricks and I hadn’t hurt my ankle!! As soon as I came in my friend Charlotte greeted me with “Yay Carro, Well done you just won!”. It took me a few minutes to realize as I hadn’t watched the others ride. I was honestly so happy to just be feeling okay that I would’ve been happy with any place in the finals and since I had taken a clumpsy fall, I was pretty surprised with the results. Charlotte came in a 3rd place having killed it and second went to Meagan Barker, both from the UK.
It wasn’t long until a huge smile shone across my face and I got hugged by all my team-mates. I still feel like maybe it was all a dream, I can’t believe I just won another European Title! Now I’m back home with some time to rest my ankle and be with my family. Thanks so much all my sponsors, my team mates and the Swedish Waterski and Wakeboard federation for all your support. And of course, a huge thanks to Axel for saving this contest for me, I don’t know what I would’ve done without your help!
Here are some more shots from our Betsafe Wake Camp last weekend, stolen from Eevi‘s blog and Froggy’s cameras. The whole reason I started wakeboarding was because I tried it at a wake-camp so it’s great to now be giving other people the same experience. I hope everyone had an awesome time, I know I did!
So pumped on being back in a boat and back in Texas! Went for my first boat ride in 6 weeks and things did feel a little strange (having fins and riding my Maiden instead of Socialite) but super fun.
Had a pretty different experience on my flight this time around. Being cheap I booked a flight through new york with a 5 hour layover in New Ark Airport. While there I did pretty much everything one can do to pass time, including making conversation with strangers and watching every video there is on alliance.
Right before my flight was meant to board there was a message about a gate change so I packed up all my stuff and rushed to the new gate. As I am standing in line to board the aircraft I reach down in my bag to pick up my boarding card and my… PASSPORT!!! It’s pretty much the same feeling loosing your phone in the lake; realizing that your passport is not in your bag. After having time to think around a hundred thoughts within 30 seconds (thoughts like “How am I gonna go to Europeans in Amsterdam, where can I get a new passport, what if someone pretends to be me?”) I explained my very unfortunate situation to the air hostess. She told me “I’m sorry but you’re going to miss your flight if you leave now to try and find it. The best thing to do is contact the staff in Austin and maybe they can send you the passport if we find it”.
With a big lump in my belly I boarded the flight, even though I was quite sure that my passport was lying there, all alone and scared, waiting for me in the first gate where I’d rushed to get my stuff. Once on the flight and after all hope had left my chest the pilot announced that due to bad weather all flights had been postponed and that we would be grounded for at least an hour! Immediately I pressed the flight attendant button, once again explained my situation to a very friendly member of the cabin crew and was told “wait here, I’ll see what I can do”. After a few anxious minutes I heard the pilot call “Cabin crew, crosscheck and ” whatever it is they say and I was told that I could go look for my passport! I was out of my seat before they could change their minds and did my version of Tas the Tasmanian devil as I ran through the airport. Once I got back to the first gate and looked under the chair I was sitting, I could’ve hugged the mom with the infant screeming its heart out right next to me! MY PASSPORT was still right there on the ground. I got back to the flight with a big smile on my face, a smile that didn’t go away even though our flight ended up being 3 hours delayed.
“I’m sorry” I leaned over to the guy next to me in my seat “I think it’s my fault our flight is delayed, somewhere somehow I guess I must have some good Karma stacked up”.
Busy days coaching the winners of the Betsafe Wakecamp! No-one had ever tried wakeboarding before and I’m pretty sure they were all feeling quite nervous but everyone progressed so far! Pumped on seeing these guys and girls all get up on their first ride and by the end of the day they were charging at the wake, jumping and killing it! Thanks Betsafe for the chance to bring more people into the sport and for all the support during this weekend. Today seems to be a bit rainier that our beautiful summer day yesterday but everyone is still keen to get in their wetsuits and out on the water! Let’s do this!