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Bye Republic

The past two weeks in the Philippines has been amazing! I’ve heard a lot of great things about the cables over here and it has been a destination I’ve been wanting to visit for a while now. Myself and Nicola actually had planned to go to CWC (Camsur waterspout complex) in February but when I was discussing my winter plans with Monster and they told me they could help me get here now too, I jumped right on it!

We’ve been so well taken care of by all the nice staff at the park and since I’ve recently discovered a newfound love for rails, it’s been a great park to learn on. For me rails is the fastest way where I progress at the moment, and progressing is one of my favorite aspects of wakeboarding. There’s nothing like that feeling of landing a new trick and with the help of JB I’ve been pushing my riding a lot.

My first ever trip to the Philippines was a success and now I’m getting ready for a solid month of surfing to recover my body and get ready for next season!

Snorkel day

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I think one of my favorite things to do besides wakeboarding is diving. I don’t have my divers license yet so for this trip I had to settle with snorkeling (even though I am planning on getting my license at some point). I love the colors, shapes and sounds you experience under water. This trip was a bit of a surprise to me as when we got on the boat at Panglao and headed about 45 minutes off the coast to another island with white beaches, palm trees and crystal clear water. The island looked like out of a movie and after smashing a coconut we headed out for our snorkeling adventure. Seeing right through the water as we came into the island I felt a little disappointed as the snorkeling looked pretty average but I was still stoked to get into the water as the sun was blazing and making me super hot. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that we’d been taken right to the edge of a big reef and the world which opened up beneath us was like being in outer space.

The pictures we took doesn’t nearly do it justice  as we were too busy diving down to look at the starfish, corals and we even saw a giant sea turtle! After spending two nights on Panglao at a hotel overlooking the ocean and ripping around on a scooter we’ve now moved on to Manila and Republic Wake Park. After two solid days of riding my muscles are screaming and I can barely get out of bed but it feels so good to be back on my board. Even though I love surfing and diving and chilling on the beach, nothing comes close to Wakeboarding ;)

Philippines

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Having a very interesting trip here in the Philippines! So much has happened but unfortunately I do not have a lot of Wifi to tell you about it so the stories will have to wait. After a couple of days shredding with JB O’Neill at Cebu Wake Park I am now drinking coconuts on a beach on Panglao Island. More updates to come soon but everything is good! :)

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So excited to be this weeks “Angle” in Wakejournal with this shot my friend and very talented photographer Bradlee Rutledge took this summer back in Orlando. So excited for my friend Lior to get the cover too!

Get the app and read the issue here: LINK

Portugal

It’s now been one week since I returned home from the Europeans in Portugal. The trips we do with the national team Sweden are some of my favorite ones as it brings us all so close together and it is so nice to have the support of your friends and whenever you are competing. It makes all the difference knowing that weather you will end up crying or laughing there will be people there to share your feelings. This years Europeans consisted of all these emotions and I think maybe thats why it’s taken me so long to write about it. I had to unwind and let my thoughts calm down before composing this blogpost.10476178_839841009389163_1780549832_n

Arriving to Portugal with team Sweden was one hell of a journey from planes being delayed to rental car companies messing up and then we ended up in a mini-bus bouncing up and down at 11 pm in the middle of nowhere in Portugal traveling towards what we hoped was the site and little village of Montargil. After making the journey from the airport to the hotel in 50 minutes (instead of the recommended 1h 45) we all hit the hay to get ready for practice day.

Most of my team-mates had never ridden behind the 2014 X-star which the competition was run behind so we were all pumped on trying out the wake in the sunshine of Portugal. The team rode extremely well and we all had a great day which got even better when we got to relax in our private pool by our villa for the week. You could tell the whole team, including myself, were a bit nervous about the qualifications the next day though and we all called it an early night.

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G0110528G0130550My heat was looking tough with the champions from the two previous years Sian Hurst and Megan Barker along with the Latvian ripper Maija Kučinska.  I know sometimes I can be pretty unpredictable when it comes to contests and that was also the case in the qualification round as I ended up crashing out and not making it through straight to the finals. With a big knot of disappointment in my throat I got back to the starting dock where my team was waiting for me. To not make me feel bad about myself they all decided to crash out in their runs too ;) So the whole of team Sweden was in the LCQ (Last chance qualifying) on the friday. 10743471_839841019389162_664466176_nOnce again I had that nervous feeling standing on the starting dock but with the encouragement of my friends Lucas and Charlotte my knees started feel a little bit less like jelly and I actually managed to make it through! Unfortunately the rest of team Sweden didn’t even though both Erik and Oscar had great rides. While the rest of Sweden engaged in a “Sweden-Sucks-Party” I called it an early night.

The day of the finals I woke up early, probably an hour before the rest of the team and with my stomach filled with butterflies. After a morning yoga sesh by the pool I headed up to have breakfast (I. LOVE. HOTELBREAKFAST) and since the guys from the Swedish TV-show “Ride” had made it down to shoot the finals I was being chased by two giant cameras everywhere I went. 10524928_839841022722495_56738483_nSince I had barely made it into the finals I was first out which is something I prefer as it takes some of my nervs away. Standing on the starting dock with Magnus, the Swedish team captain I had a good feeling about the finals and when I went out and managed to stick my first pass I was thrilled! Coming back for the second pass I think my brain turned off for a second and the tricks just came naturally. I don’t really remember what I was thinking as I was edging in for one of the harder tricks in my book which I knew I needed as the rest of the women’s riders were all so good. As I felt myself come down from the “Moby Dick” and realized I had rode away clean I think a smile hit my lips and I relaxed maybe a bit too much as I ended up going down on my next trick, a toe 5. Trying to get my thoughts together, still with the smile on my face for sticking my first ever Moby Dick in a contest I got ready for my wildcard trick which I ended up landing to big cheers from the Swedish team on shore. I was so happy with my run even though I didn’t know how it would measure against the rest of the riders yet. I landed two tricks I’d never stuck in a contest before and I managed to not let my nervs get in my way so I relaxed and watched the rest of the women hit the water.

10735845_839841006055830_1846608528_nThere was one rider who stood out and rode extremely well and that was young Giorgia Gregorio from Italy who landed a toe 5, tootsie and as a wild card threw a clean whirly. I knew it would be tight between us and I tried to tell myself that I’d gotten second as it makes me less disappointed if I already have my mind set on it (yeah glas half empty I know).

We were lucky to have live scoring and while Lucas was updating his phone every 5 seconds I was trying to distract myself, thinking that either way I was really happy with my run and Gina’s had been amazing too. This is when Lucas turns to me and says “I’m so sorry Carro…” my heart stopped for a minute but I could see the lines of a smile in his cheeks so I wondered if…  ” you’re the new European Champion!!!!!!!”

10743416_10152526147128655_836325001_nG0331085After that my afternoon is a blur of hugs, laughs and butterflies in my stomach. I am so happy with ending this season on a high and I am so grateful being surrounded by so many great people both friends, family, sponsors, organizers, officials and even the teams of my competitors have been so great towards me. THANK YOU everyone for this amazing event and thanks for reading my thoughts, I can’t wait for next year :)

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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!

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 :)