Behind the Scenes with Carro Djupsjö
Carro Djupsjö began wake-boarding at the age of 14 and has consistently pushed her boundaries to become one of the best on the professional scene. As a sponsor of Carro, LifeProof are excited and honoured to tell her story in producing DEFY Elements.
To get a deeper insight check out Carro’s view on this epic project here:
A crazy idea, a killer sponsor, a creative camera team, a positive board store, a couple of great friends and my dream 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 riding in all sort of conditions but nothing like this. With today’s wetsuits and warm clothes its not really too difficult but when the temperature drops below freezing point, things go 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 of Sweden 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 – we were off!
The first problem was: finding somewhere with snow on the shoreline but where the lake was still open. After a few days of research we finally got it, Kallsjön. It’s Swedens third deepest lake (over 300m) so even though 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 up there? I am lucky enough to be working together with Froggy Vattensport. They were all over the idea and after changing the trailer to winter tires 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.
When Oscar finally came arrived 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 local farmer Erik solved this problem for us by rocking up in a huge tractor, to drive the boat safely into water.
At this point, I was getting a bit nervous as the air was a brisk -5 degrees and I was looking out at huge ice blocks floating on the water. O’Neill 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 into 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 thing felt like something out of a video game or a Christmas saga – 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 played their version of the Hunger Games in the forest trying to find the drone, I could feel my fingers start loosing their feeling and a slight shivering 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, 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 shore.
As soon as we got to shore, one of the 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. Being that far north we only have a couple of hours of daylight so we had to make the most of it.
I can honestly say that in the end I was the most exhausted I’ve ever been in my life and I fell asleep.
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, this is easily one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had. Like photographer Chris Burkard says “Anything that is worth pursuing requires us to suffer, just a little bit”.
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