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Gopro Launch party

Back in Stockholm again for the weekend and had time to catch up with my great friend Trudi at the launch of the HERO 4. After a delicious dinner at Enzo’s the doors opened to the Fronline Railjam after party where we ran into our other friends Max, Oskar, Nick and Johan. Being a small wake-crew we all had the best time watching Ison & Fille and Labyrith play live. Thanks Gopro for the good times!

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Texas

After an amazing Orlando season myself and Nicola spent about a week cleaning out our room and dividing our possessions as they’ve all just merged into one after living together all summer. With a Prius packed with everything from board bags to high heels Nicola dropped me off at the airport. Next up: Austin, Texas.’

My prejudice about the state of burgers and cowboys turned out to be completely wrong. So far Texas has showed me some amazing spots and it’s packed with the nicest people! We’ve been mixing boat riding with awesome adventures. The first day we scootered (yes dad, I went on a scooter but I wore a helmet!) to Hamilton pool which a national reserve and definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in America.

In the beginning of the week we drove up to BSR Cable Park and spent 3 days riding there. It was definitely in the top 3 favorite cables I’ve ever been to with amazing people, great features and so much fun stuff to do around the cable! We got so say hi to the lemurs that live on the little island in the middle of the cable, JB made me go down the super slide that just opened and the natural hot spring hot tub was the best place to finish off a day of riding. I’ve learned so much from JB while being here, I can’t wait to show you some of the footage we’ve got ;)

Now we’re back in Austin and riding behind JB’s X-star for a few more days. I wish I could stay here longer but I’m excited to be going home too! I’ll try and keep you more updated on my last few america-days.

Laterrr
Carro :)

 

Orlando

Spending the summer here has been the best decision ever. Not only because of the frozen yoghurt place down the road or the sweet pool in our backyard but because of all the amazing wakeboarding that is everywhere. Besides progressing my own riding, both behind the boat and thanks to Hyperlite at OWC, being surrounded by the best in the business has helped me so much to understand this industry. The more I understand, the more I like it :)

One person has helped me more than anyone out here and you might have guessed but that person is Nicola. I am so grateful for everything she’s taught me this year, from new tricks and how to approach sponsors to how to cook some banging tofu. Here’s a mini edit she made for me, thanks a million, best room-mate and friend ever!!

Beijing

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China!! We made it! After a L O N G flight from Detroit we finally landed in Beijing and after getting accustomed to the chinese way of traveling by train we made it with our board bags to the hotel.  Nicola, myself, Melissa, Brad and Daniel decided to fly here two nights early to get accustomed to the time difference and check out what China has to offer.

We started off by heading to the forbidden city which was so incredible! I was blown away by the size off it and even though I’ve actually visited Beijing once before when I was really young, it still felt like the first time. My fellow friends had all brought skateboards and to not get left behind I spend $5 on renting a bike and biked around Beijing with the rest of them. We did get about as many stares as Aliens being 4 Americans and one Swede out and about in the big city.

After a quick noodle lunch we started our mission to try and get to the Great Wall. With several Taxis turning us down, no-one to speak english with and trying to get 5 people in one cab we finally got one guy who told us he would take us there! After a cheerful 30 minutes in the cab he stopped at what was definitely not the wall and said “we’re here!”. After all of us trying to speak English, Swedish, Mandarin and sign language to get him to take us to the wall he answered by taking our money and driving off.

By now it was way after lunch-time and we we’re starting to get a bit stressed since the last entry of the wall was meant to close at 4pm. Stranded in the middle of no-where with no idea where to go we started to get desperate and out of luck we find the one guy who could translate for us! Piling into another cab and again getting cheerful we went off only to get stuck in what we called “The Great Trafficjam of China”. The trip which was meant to take about one hour and a half turned out to be close to three hours and we were all sweating since our cab didn’t have any AC. After getting deliriously high of the fumes from the passing trucks and going from hysterically laughing to yelling at each other we F I N A L L Y made it to the wall and it was all worth it!!! The wall was one of the most amazing sites I’ve seen in my 23 years on this planet, I can’t believe what humans are capable of building!

Anyways, this morning we flew into Linyi and just had our test rides. The comp starts tomorrow and we ride our semi’s around 11 I believe. I’ll keep you posted :)

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WWA Worlds

Alright, this weekend is the WWA Worlds in Ft Lauderdale. Yesterday I got in the car with Melissa and Nicola and now I’m sitting here looking out over the most amazing ocean view from our hotel. We ride in about three hours and I am super excited!! I haven’t competed behind the boat in a while, especially in the WWA so I can’t wait! I’ll show you some more pics once I have some, stay tuned :)

Brad wins trick of the year

Wake Awards, an event where the best riders, photographers, tricks  and more from this year gets celebrated. This was my first time attending the event so I didn’t quite know what to expect. A lot of my friends were nominated for the different prizes and I am so proud of each and every one of them. Especially a big congrats Megan Ethell for winning female rider of the year, you killed it this season!

There was only one prize though, that made me stand up in my seat and whistle/scream along with the rest of the crowd. Brad winning trick of the year with his Double Indy tantrum to blind, the same trick that later made him break his back, was incredible. Brad was with us in skype form from the hospital and I hope that he enjoyed seeing all the love and appreciation he got from everyone. I could barely breathe when his brother accepted the award for him with his computer in hand on stage.

Brad, such a well deserved award, you pushed the sport to new limits this year and I am so impressed with what you’ve accomplished.

Watch the nominees in the video above and choose for yourselves, Brad is the last one to be shown.

expo

Orlando

It is so g o o d to be back in Florida! As soon as I walked off the plane and felt the hot, humid air hit me in the face like a blanket a big smile was on my lips. Something about flying into Orlando always makes me feel like “home-but-not-quite”. This time, I’d been thinking the thought “Are we there yet” since I left my front door in Stockholm so for me this was one of the longest trips ever. I believe it was because I was so excited for all the fun this weekend brings. Surf Expo is the one time where e v e r y o n e within wakeboarding are together at one place. It doesn’t matter if you ride cable or boat, if your a pro, the owner of a shop or if you’re just here to party everyone travels from all over the world to be here this weekend.

After an awesome morning sesh with my roomie Nicola, we are just about to head to expo, day one, to check out all the new gear for 2015 and I can’t wait! I’ll let you know how it goes :)

Chill and Ride

Carro 26 Carro 2 Carro 1 (1) 10514454_820870541279274_2004061305477999149_o 10454973_1543643782526291_7217928608150827915_oEvery year, this is one of the events I look forwards to the most! In wakeboarding you always compete on your own but when we free ride it feels more like a team. You get coached by your friends, you get cheered on and even your boat driver can help you landing new tricks by driving the boat in a certain way. That is why Chill and Ride is such a great event as it is the only contest where you compete as a team! You register your own boat and your own crew and then you drive in front of the judges who are all on shore.

This year I was in a team with my friend and fellow World Cup rider Lucas Langlois, the UK National Champion Jorge Gill and our friend (and cheerleader) Adam Deegan. Presented with an X25 from Wake2Wake Killerfish Wakeboard school (and the biggest bottle of champagne) our stoke was wayy up there after our rides. The whole team killed it and I was so proud of the guys, especially Adam who threw a couple of fist pumps! We ended up on a second place in the team challenge which was followed (as always) by a great party.

The next day it was time for our individual contests but we still had the whole team in the boat cheering each other on. Pro women was first up and, as always, I was super nervous. For this run though, I didn’t have to be as I was thrilled to discover everything felt good and I stuck my whole pass right up til the last trick where I crashed on a Moby Dick.

While the judges were debating we lingered in our wetsuits and after a few minutes it was clear that Maja, Megan, Sian and myself had made it to the next round. I was so thrilled not only to make it into the finals but to proceed as top seed!!

Now, this is where I need to do some work. Being top seed meant starting last and after watching the other girls, especially Sian Hurst, go out and throw amazing runs something happened in my head. I still felt good with butterflies in my stomach and ready to do just what I had done one hour earlier. The music was pumping and the speaker announced that it was my turn when the boat started driving into the course. I started throwing my tricks down and my mind was telling me, you got this! Then all of a sudden, on a trick I never normally fall on; I stacked it. My mind was in surprise, what had just happened? My team-mates in the boat came around to pick me up as you are allowed one fall in wakeboarding and can still continue your run. They told me not to worry about it but to just do my pass, I could still make it. Reassured by their cheers I got up again and felt the confidence return to my stomach. OK, Second pass. I started getting my tricks dialed again and once again the good feeling came back, I got this! Then, on the same trick, BAM, fall. over. done.

The disappointment hit me like a big blow in my stomach. Why did I fall on a trick that I consider “easy”? Before I started with yoga something like this would have made me feel really bad about myself and I could feel the similar old thoughts come creeping “you suck Carro” “that was terrible” “Why did you even come here”. (Wow this post just turned way more personal than I intended.) Anyways, now I recognize those thoughts, I know what they will tell me when I don’t preform my best by the difference yoga has taught me is that I don’t need to let them define me. Sure I was disappointed and sure I had a bad run, but that doesn’t make me a bad person.

To be fair I don’t even know if I would have won even if I would have landed my run because Sian rode so well, but it’s always more fun to do your best. So after being a bit disappointed and getting hugged by my team I opened a beer and got ready to cheer for them instead. You can choose where to put your focus, if you want to focus on the bad stuff or just move on and let it slide off you.

Anyways the rest of the team did great and I was pumped for Jorge to make it to the podium. Lucas got 5th and I ended up taking the second spot so I guess that really isn’t too bad after all ;)

In the end this was such a fun contest, packed with people good vibes and A LOT of wakeboard boats. I can’t wait to come back next year!

 

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NEXT STOP – FRANCE!!

Off to France for a few days to ride before Chill N Ride! Soo excited but started by missing my flight and spending 7 hours, two coffees and a cinnamon roll in the airport ;) I’ll update you more once I’m there!

xx

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Wakeworld

Pumped on my interview with Wakeworld  the other day! My very talented friend Brad Rutledge took some amazing shots for it and Nicola Butler wrote some very kind words. Check it out here: LINK