Behind the Scenes: PWA World Cup  

We are extremely lucky here at GVSCO to be working closely with some of the words top athletes !! And Youp Schmit is no exception. High speed, big airs and an almost superhuman way of riding the wind Youp gives us a personal account of his PWA world cup……

PWA Fuerteventura

End of PWA World Cup Freestyle Fuerteventura! Another great year here in Fuerteventura full of wind, excitement, emotions, fun, and great action!

After many training sessions and giving it all to be on my top level of strength, endurance, overall condition, mobility/flexibility and etc. I’m feeling strong and fit physically and (due to no more injuries) mentally! Yet it was not my time to rise to the top of the rankings. After struggling through many injuries that were keeping me off the water, I am more then happy to say/feel not injured, and to be feeling stronger then ever on the water! And to be able to be stoked out on the water doing and pushing the crazy freestyle level. Finishing this event putting me on the 11th place overall of the PWA Freestyle World Tour ranking, I am not too stoked about the result but happy to be up there with the top freestyle level. 

Read all about my world Cup Fuerteventura story below …

I took off to Fuerteventura a little earlier then usual due to the great windsurfing conditions expected there every summer, for a Fuerte warm up and gear tune up for the PWA World Cup. I got there 8 days before the competition, and on the first day I was already enjoying the awesome windy conditions. Within a couple of days I tuned up all my sails and boards ready for competition and was training and preparing up hard for the contest. Big thanks to Rainer from ETM physiotherapy on Fuerteventura for letting me use his gym every morning for me to complete my last peaking point performance training preparing for the world cup. Next to training off the water to keep myself strong and injury-free, I was able to hit the water at least 2 to 3 sessions per day. I felt great on the water with my moves but the crazy canary island wind was blowing and flying me away a lot and I felt like I really had to get used to sailing on the water with my smaller sails again, and to be sailing is such strong winds. Everyday I felt improvement on the water and felt more and more ready, and could not wait for the competition to get started! After a whole week of training so hard on Fuerte, I took a good rest for my body to be at 100% for competition, as I knew there is a hard week of competition ahead of us with an crazy strong forecast of wind for the first days of competition. 

The PWA World Cup started off on the 22nd of july and the wind was ultimately strong! We did registration in the morning that day and started off with the single elimination freestyle in the afternoon. Wind was blowing over 40+ knots and we we’re all flying out there! 

First day started off and I was not finding my time in my heats, I still managed to pass my way through some heats but wanting much more from myself! I placed myself on the 9th place of the first single elimination and was ready to keep fighting my way up in the double elimination. As you have read my motivation was up high! And I could not wait for the next round to start off for me to keep going.. 

The double elimination got started the next day and the wind was still howling, personally I love the rough and strong conditions out there and I was feeling confident. I started off my first heat, and was flying around like I should, I was able to find some great ramps in the contest area, jumping around shifty’s, push loops, massive shaka’s and back loops to the outside and sailing a solid routine with consistent moves on the inside, putting down some mad routines. As I advanced my way though some heats I still felt like I was sailing a little sloppy in some heats and ended up losing against my fellow island friend from Bonaire. 

Losing that heat taking me out of the elimination was a big upset for me, but knowing more days and more eliminations are to come the motivation to win was only getting more & more! 

As the next day came the wind gave us a big surprise and completely dropped, sure we saw this forecasted but we did not expect the wind to be completely dead! Luckily later in the afternoon conditions we’re kicking in and we were able to start off our new single elimination, but due to the lack of wind we we’re only able to finish the first round on that day, hoping for better wind conditions the next day.

Next day of competition the wind kicked in perfectly in the morning but was still tricky to run a contest in. Wind conditions were just right on the edge to compete and we started off the heats. My heat started off and I was giving it all to win, my heat was very light wind but I didn’t mind and was feeling great and fit on the water. I was leading on the live scoring, but right on one of the the last minutes of the heat they decided to postpone the heat and wait for better wind conditions, but sadly we ended the day with no wind meaning no heats being finished. I was very upset with the wind due wanting to make up for my result, but all hopes up for the next day which was the last day of competitions for us for the wind to kick in for one more chance!

On the last day of competition the wind was again just right on the edge, we really tried our best to get some heats done on the water but the wind conditions we’re just not working out. I had seen it coming but yet I was still very down about not getting another chance. Finishing this event putting me on the 11th place overall of the PWA Freestyle World Tour ranking, I am not too stoked about the result but happy to be up there with the top freestyle level.

Further I was very stoked to see my fellow Bonairian friend Amado Vrieswijk on top! And not to just see Amado up there but also to see another young gun up there Yentel Caers! Further also a big congratz to Gollito Estredo for his great performance and consistently being up there in the top!

For me, Back to training as hard as I can in every way & every day to be in top condition to come back harder every time and to one day make it to the top!

All the best,

Youp Schmit.

Fiji Pro – Round 3 & 4 Results

For all those keen beans and WSL lovers you’ll know these results, but hey ho let’s go ahead and relive it anyway.

Jason Andre Round 3

Jadson Andre closing in on victory in Round 3 @ Fiji Pro – Ed Sloane – Source:

Round 3

Heat 1 – Gabriel Medina absolutely dominates the opener with a Total score of 14.50

Heat 2 – A really close heat with Michel Bourez edging it over Kanoa Igarashi with a Total of 7.67

Heat 3 – Another close heat, but Dusty Payne takes the win with a Total of 7.20

Heat 4 – It’s the crowds favourite and WSL legend Kelly Slater that takes the heat from Jordy Smith with a Total of 16.56

Heat 5 – Brazilian Wiggolly Dantas takes the win in a close call with Conner Coffin with a Total of 6.94

Heat 6 – Adriano de Souza takes the win with a massive second wave of 9.10 taking him to a total of 15.27

Heat 7 – Another Brazilian victory for Jadson Andre, taking the win with a Total of 14.50

Heat 8 – AUS man Josh Kerr takes the win beating Jeremy Flores of France with a Total of 14.26

Heat 9 – Saw a aussie face off between Fanning and Melling with Fanning coming out on top with a Total of 13.40

Heat 10 – A huge high scoring heat between Florence and Burrow both topping the 18+ mark, but it was the man from Hawaii, John John Florence that took the win with a Total of 18.76

Heat 11 – Adrain Buchan taking the win in heat 11 over Miguel Pupo, with a Total of 13.54

Heat 12 – High flying Matt Wilkinson takes the final heat in round 2 with a Total of 13.93

Connor Coffin Fiji Pro

Connor Coffin Freesurfing @ Fiji Pro – Ed Sloane – Source:

Round 4

In round 4 we see the heats increase to 3 surfers in the water and going on the Total’s things definitely got good!

Heat 1 – Saw Gabriel Medina beat of Dusty Payne and Michel Bourez for Heat 1 victory with a Total of 14.60

Heat 2 – With a victory repeat of Round 3, Kelly Slater took Heat 2 with a crushing Total of 19.77 over Brazilian due Dantas and de Souza

Heat 3 – Another high scoring heat with Mick Fanning taking the win with a Total of 18.07 over Josh Kerr and Jadson Andre.

Heat 4 – What better way to take us into Round 5 than nail biting finish in heat 4. Aussie man Matt Wilkinson takes the win with a Total of 16.56 narrowly seeing off JJ. Florence with a Total of 16.43, and Buchan on 15.16.

Stay tuned for the results of Finals to come.


‘Road to the Mountains’: Skookumchuck- British Columbia- EP3

We continue to follow the amazing journey of our favorite world champion kayaker Nick Troutman on his epic adventures around the globe.

The Third entry to his online series ‘Road to the Mountains’ – we hope you are enjoying his travels as much as we are!


PWA World Cup Austria(Podersdorf) By Youp Schmit

A new World Cup season has been opened!

I arrived in Austria a day before the start of the event to get comfortable and ready for the competition. Day 1 of the competition had the registration early morning so we could get started as the wind was ready for us to rock the water! The wind was very strong, most guys on tour were all going out on the water with their 4,0 and smaller sails. Personally I like the power and the strong winds in my sail and I was perfectly comfortable on my 4,4 and 99NoveNove StylePro 92l.


The competition started off smooth for me and I took the first round nice and easy, as I was advancing to my next heat in the third round I started to get more comfortable with the conditions and started sending bigger moves. I had a great heat in that round and was able to do all my moves within 5/6 min, meanwhile the heat duration was 9min. In those last moments of my heat I went for one of my favorite moves the “shovit-spock”, in this move I accidentally slipped out my back foot strap and slammed my calf muscle into the rail of the board. At that moment I didn’t think there was too much going on but as the adrenaline and tension started to go down, and as I was coming back onto the beach from my heat I was just not able to walk anymore. My calf muscle of my leg was stiffing up and giving me so much pain I could have literally cried!


The special care doctor and physio therapists at the event took good care of me and did their best to try and take the pain away in any way but it was impossible. From that moment on you get very emotional as you know you are preforming so well and you want to keep going, but my calf muscle wouldn’t let me do it anymore, and I was forced to give away my next heat…

Giving away my heat put me on the 9th place of the single elimination, I wasn’t very happy and I wanted to much better but I knew I had to accept it and be happy to be within the top 10.

The next day we had to wake up very very early in the morning, specially me! As I was in the first heat at 6 in the early morning.That morning I woke up up and my calf muscle was just as stiff, but a little less painful. I walked my way to the beach on my crutches, thinking I would not be able to compete.
I knew if I did not compete in the double elimination due my injury that my ranking would drop to the 13th place, I did not want to accept that and decided to fight threw my pain and make it a must to keep myself ATLEAST within that top 10.I knew I had to win just 2 heats to maintain that and that’s what I set my mind at 100% with all my will power.

I got help from my competitors(friends) getting my gear onto the beach and even into the water for me, I would walk into the water on my crutches take over the sail and jump up on my board and cry my way threw those heats, I was able to keep pushing myself and screaming from the pain during my moves I was able to stick some nice moves and make my way threw those 2 heats that I wanted/needed to win.
I want to give a big thank you to the great friends on tour who helped me make this performance happen! And to all friends, family and fans for supporting me writing me motivational word, keeping me motivated and keeping my head up to keep fighting for it all!

BIG thank you to all my sponsors for making this all possible!

I will be taking care and have a speedy recovery to be back fighting for it on the next PWA World Cup.

All the best,

Youp Schmit

‘Road to the Mountains’: L’Dub White Salmon- EP2 with Nick Troutman

Another update for Nick Troutman on his travels! We hope you enjoy as much as we do!

We have made it to the west coast, and driven north to White Salmon Washington to meet up with some friends and get some creek race training in on the famous Little White River.


Follow more from Nick here.


‘Road to the Mountains’. On the Road Again – EP1 with Nick Troutman

So excited to be following Nick Troutman and Emily Jackson on their journey! They are on a big old road trip whilst preparing for the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games and are going to be keeping us up to date on their progress through their Youtube videos!

Keep following his progress here.

Meet the Athletes! Nick Troutman

We are very excited to announce our partnership with this man! The things that he can do in a kayak are truly astonishing!  Having the balls to even attempt some of the drops and lines he runs is enough, but to come out the other side alive and smiling .. well that shit is just NUTS!


Nick is 28 and grew up in Beachburg Ontario on the famous Ottawa River, he has a house in Rock Island TN but mainly resides in a RV living on the road 8-10 months of the year.

His list of accomplishments are truly impressive:
World Freestyle Kayak Champion
North American Champion
8x National Champion
GoPro Mountain Games Gold Medalist
First Full descents of the Rio Alseseca and Rio Jalacingo in Mexico
Expedition leader and team member for multiple first decent rivers
Film maker/ photographer
GoPro, Adidas, and Jackson Kayak