Carro is short for Caroline, correct? And can you please walk everyone through the pronunciation of Djupsjö? Juu-ph-sch-eau or something..haha.
How did you get your start as a wakeboarder in Sweden? My dad has always been into trying new things, so when I was 14 he entered us both to spend a weekend freezing in wet wetsuits and try getting dragged behind a boat on a board. I didn’t take my 2/3 mm off the whole weekend and had to get forced out of the water. A couple of years later I got accepted into the wakeboarding high school we have in Sweden (I know, so rad!!) so I didn’t have to ride behind our 50 horsepower outboard anymore and my dad didn’t have to keep paying for gas. Riding with the Breddas and my other friends at the school every day was the best thing that could’ve happened as we all kept pushing each other and I think that’s when I started dreaming about being a pro wakeboarder. At what point did you realize it would be possible to start traveling the world and sharing your love for the sport? When I graduated 2010, I started traveling all over chasing the summer. The first couple of years I would work my way through by selling boards in a board shop or coaching. Since 2013 I’ve been able to focus entirely on my riding and, with the help of my sponsors, I’m now lucky enough to call wakeboarding my profession. You've done some rad projects with other sponsors recently that paint a pretty amazing picture for athletes in wakeboarding. How do you hope to portray wakeboarding to the masses during your time as a professional rider? Wakeboarding has opened so many doors for me, given me the possibilities to travel all over the world, introduced me to so many friends and given me goals to chase. I want people to get inspired to experience what I’ve experienced too, especially younger female riders. Hopefully by creating different projects and video’s I can somehow help to grow the sport.
What is the secret to improving your riding season after season? Just the desire of wanting to progress. I grew up with a very short season and my first five years on the water gave me about six months off every year to think about what tricks I wanted to try whenever summer came around. I think it made me more motivated to make the most of it. You wouldn’t care if it was rainy, cold or windy and I think that mindset kinda sticks with me still.
How many days a year do you spend traveling and living out of a suitcase? Umm…probably around 345, I get a couple of weeks at home with my family in Sweden every year but mostly I’m constantly packing and unpacking my board bag. My sisters usually joke about that they have to be at the airport with a lasso to catch me whenever I come home, to get to spend some time with me. It took me a while to get used living this way but now I love it! Coffee or tea? Coffee
What's your favorite group of people to travel with? I’m lucky that some of my best friends and my boyfriend are pro wakeboarders as well, so naturally I love traveling with them. Right now my crew consists of Nicola Butler, Melissa Marquardt & JB O’Neill, but I also love traveling with my brother and the rest of my family. It’s just not your usual kind of family holidays whenever we head to the alps for some snowboarding as they can take the after-ski to a whole other level.
Wakeboarding seems to be divided at the moment between die hard boat riders and die hard cable riders. Is one better than the other in your eyes and where do you see the sport heading in the future? I love both boat and cable riding in different ways. Nowadays, with gas prices in Europe getting higher and higher, it’s way easier to just head to a cable park and I do like how accessible cable is making wakeboarding. There is something so special with being on the boat with all your friends though. I think in general people just need to chill out and stop hating on each other. I get impressed when I see well rounded riders, like Oli Derome, who kill it on both cable and behind the boat, so that’s what I want to try and do myself too.
What do you do to stay busy during all the downtime traveling? Lately I’ve been studying some athlete psychology courses online but I also watch a whole lot of series, read girly novels and stalk my friends on social media.
What is it about Slingshot that attracted you to join forces in 2016? I love the fact that Slingshot is a company controlled by riders and I think that is the reason why I loved the boards the moment I jumped on one. The team seems to have so much say in the development of the products, making sure they all ride boards they really like. I’m also stoked to represent the company creating the sickest videos and projects in the business! I can’t wait to see what we can come up with together in the future.
What setup have you found your flex on for the season? On the cable I’m riding the 137 Reflex and Behind the boat the 137 Pearl, both with the Jewel bindings.