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.

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.

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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!

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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…

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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.

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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!

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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

Meet the Athletes! Youp Schmit

 

Youp Schmit growing up on the Caribbean Island Bonaire. He discovered windsurfing on a very windy day on Sorobon beach and on that windy day his first memories were of a few guys out on the water jumping and spinning around doing tricks he had never seen in his life. This gave him the motivation to give then sport a try and straight after his first trials he completly fell in love with the sport and started to dream of becoming a professional windsurfer one day. This kid could no longer miss another windy day in his life!

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He started to compete in local events at the age of 11 and enjoyed it a lot. After a few years he was able to win several ProKids World Championship titles on National and International events. Not long after, he attended his first PWA World cup event back in 2010 which took place in Fuerteventura (Spanish Canary Islands).

Youp became the new young gun (youngest) participant on the World tour, and impressed the crowds and all the others on the world tour. After his succesfull event he got signed with two major leading brands in windsurfing which generated a surprising boost towards the start of this young man’s pro windsuring career.

After signing with two major brands and Youp finishing his school and graduating his economic and administration degree, Youp flew into his professional windsurfing career. Youp placed himself within the top 10 of the professional windsurfing tour ever since, and took home the Youth PWA World Champion title two years in a row until he reached the age to give the title to the next upcoming young gun.

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Just as things were beginning to really kick off in his career and was breaking into the top ranks, he suffered from a very bad knee injury. Youp was forces to give up the PWA World tour for 2014 and dropped out half of the season.Youp went through 9 months of recovery and came back into 2015 fit, fresh and ready and very hungry to make his come back.

Youp broke back into the top world tour freestyle ranking, and is continuing following his goal and dream of winning the world tour.

The motivation

My motivation is the passion I have for the sport windsurfing, it motivates me everyday to keep reaching up for my goal and dream. This motivation wakes me up and makes every single day a training day (no days off/no excuses!) and having so much fun a long the whole way. I love this lifestyle!

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