Interview: Caroline Degardh

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Caroline Degardh
Professional snowboarder and wolf runner
Age: 25
Location: Stockholm

What’s going on in your life right now?
Right now I’m studying, working and trying to get as much skate with that as I can. And waiting for winter, that’s going to be fun, I’m looking forward to winter.

When did you start snowboarding?
I started snowboarding at age 9, did it for a few years but quit, then I started again when I was 18.

What do you do when you’re not snowboarding and skating?
In a normal day I go to work and then I study afterwards. I’m studying physics and math, the basics to become a constructional engineer. I wanted to be an architect but it’s so freaking hard to get into those schools!

When is your favourite time of the day and why?
The afternoon. Because in the winter it has started to warm up and you can still do activities after work.

What’s the best places in your hometown?
I’m born and raised in Stockholm, and my favourite place is my home or somewhere on my bike, anywhere really. My favourite skate park in Stockholm is probably Täby, that one is really fun.

What are your biggest fears? Are you afraid of something?
Just the normal stuff I guess, like death. No, I don’t have any real fears, or sometimes I can project a fear of heights, but just when I think about how easy it would be to jump off stuff.

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If you could re-live one moment in your life, which one would it be?
Oh wow..

Maybe a big snowboard competition, a big moment, first kiss for example?
The first kiss wasn’t that good, so no, haha. I don’t have any specific moment, you know that feeling when you try something new and you succeed? And you’re like “Wow! This is the greatest thing ever!” Or maybe when I started snowboarding again at 18, that must be it, that was awesome.

Are you on time or are you always late?
Maybe right in between those, I was always late but I’m trying to get better. It’s depending on the occasion. I’m always trying to be on time but I’m always stressed. I’m usually on time though.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you?
People are usually very surprised when I tell them that I’m studying math, because they don’t think that I’m that smart. That’s also a nice surprise that I’ve got up my sleeve.

What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the closest future is to finish school and try to get into the other school to become a constructional engineer. And try to have as much fun and ride as much board as I can in the meantime.

Tell us about the Fika watch, which is your pro model that you designed, how did you come up with the idea and the design?
That’s actually kind of a funny story because back when I was snowboarding and filming video parts, me and my partner in crime Tove Holmgren, were the ones always bringing coffee to the spots. Everyone else were drinking beer or energy drinks, their sponsor stuff. So we were the goofballs with our coffee thermoses. And we were joking about that we should have a fika or coffee sponsorship, that would have been awesome. And the next season we actually got a coffee sponsorship. We got so much coffee, it was insane, I still have some left and it was years ago! We also got matching tattoos of coffee cups. So when Cheapo asked me about the design, of course it was going to be a Fika watch, that’s my main hobby! (Fika (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈfiːˌka]) is a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries or sandwiches.)

Taking a strong social stance for equality and human rights are fundamental parts of Cheapo’s DNA. What social responsibility and/or charity is the most important to you?
I think the most important thing is to help each other out and just to be nice. People are so into their own heads nowadays, everyone needs to look up and be nice and help each other.

Last but not least, which animal would you be, and why?
I would probably be a cat, which I don’t like saying since I don’t like cats. They just walk around, looking at you and being all weird. They are not excited to see you like a dog would be for example, you have to earn a cats affection. I’m not wiggling my tail to everyone like a dog. So I guess I’d be a cat.

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