Meet Carro Djupsjo, Team LifeProof Athlete, the first European female wakeboarder to land a double flip. How awesome!
At the age of 13 Carro was taken to the local waterski-club by her dad, after a few tries she was instantly hooked. Whenever someone asked Carro what her goal was with wakeboarding at this young age she would respond “To become a professional Wakeboarder and travel the world”. Now fourteen years later, she’s living her dream and getting to do what she loves, with the people she loves.
It takes tremendous amounts of hard to work to defy the limits of wakeboarding, Carro is 100% committed and always super busy. Luckily for us we caught her in between trips in her native Sweden. She’s just returned from a road trip through Europe where she rode for four weeks and competed in six contests.
Carro is pumped to be back in Sweden. She gets to do what she loves the most; Freeride and focus on progression. This is going back to her roots on the Swedish West coast to ride with friends. Always independent and self-directed, she admits her friends push her to perform to the best as well as having fun on the water.
I can’t wait to bring my FRĒ cases and my phone to get some slow-mo clips for Worm App.
Carro will keep her eyes on the prize at the end of August, when the Swedish National Championships get underway. Then it’s off to the United States to train with World famous coach Adam Fields.
I have my mind set on a new trick and hopefully I can achieve it before the 2018 wake awards! Are we excited to see this trick? Hell yeah!
Carro appreciates being a competitive athlete is both challenging but equally awesome at the same time.
Wakeboarding has taken me places and taught me things I never could have imagined.
Admittedly Carro lives life to the beat of her own drum but also needs to survive any road life throws at her. This is at the forefront of her mind when planning the end of the season. A trip to Egypt, Bali for Plastic Playgrounds and to Mexico for the WWA World Championships are on the cards. These however are still dreams in making as Carro is returning to University for final year of her Business Degree. Balancing University and being a Professional Athlete can be challenging.
I have to sometimes prioritise one way or another, but usually what happens is that I shove my school-books in my bag, book a flight somewhere and pray to the economics-gods that I read enough to pass my exams when I return.
Q. TELL US ABOUT HOW YOU GOT INTO YOUR SPORT?
A. When I was 13 my dad signed himself and me up to a local “Learn how to wakeboard” weekend in Sweden. We had never done it before and he thought it would be fun for us to try. Once I was there, everyone told me I had a natural talent for the sport and encouraged me to keep trying it. I started behind our 50 horsepower outboard boat and went from there!
Q. WHAT TIP WOULD YOU GIVE PEOPLE STARTING OUT IN YOUR SPORT?
A. Make mistakes! Don’t be afraid to fail or to look ‘uncool’. Just go out there and try new things and surround yourself with people who inspire and support you.
Q. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
A. The feeling of being on the water and how happy I am when I learn something new. It’s just such a cool feeling to cut through glassy water on a perfect day.
Q. WHO INSPIRES YOU?
A. My brother, and athletes who do their own thing. I rode with 3 brothers when I was younger in Sweden who called themselves Breddas. They went their own path in Wakebaording and I respect them for not following the main stream. I also have massive respect for brands and people who stand up for equality within sports.
Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER HOBBIES/PASSIONS?
A. I love to surf, snowboard, cooking and being outdoors.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE?
A. What I am most proud of is when I won the 2015 Wakeboarding Magazine Female trick of the year for my double flip.
Q. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR 2018 HIGHLIGHT SO FAR?
A. Getting back to training with my first coach and previous world champion Adam Fields in North Carolina was so good. I learnt a lot and got to experiment with new tricks. No better feeling!
Q. WHAT DO YOU HAVE COMING UP FOR THE REST OF 2018?
A. It’s all just a blur of contests and shoots all over Europe and the US. And of course a ton of training! What I’m looking forwards to the most is going to Italy with the Slingshot Wake team and heading to France in August to film for a new video!
Q. WHICH LIFEPROOF CASE DO YOU USE?
Q. HOW HAS LIFEPROOF BEEN BENEFICIAL TO YOU?
A. Allowing me to spend my money on my wakeboarding trips instead of buying new phones! True story the season before I signed with Lifeproof I had 3 phones that broke from water damage due to being in my bag or falling in the lake. Another benefit, I am able to take my phone out on the water to film while I’m riding, and of course the awesome projects we have created together such as Defy Elements and Free spirits! Look forward to future collaborations.
Q. TELL US ABOUT A TIME WHEN YOUR LIFEPROOF CASE HAS SAVED THE DAY.
A. I was recently at the O’Neill HQ for a team gathering and we went out on the boat for a wake-surf session to film the team. The videographer needed some cool selfie shots under water, he forgot his camera to do this. He knew my phone had a WaterProof FRĒ on so asked me to use mine. They weather turned bad on the trip everyone was trying to protect their phones and I wasn’t one bit worried!