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Caribbean Spirit - Youp Schmit

18 year old Youp Schmit (JP/Neilpryde) had to be off the water for a while due to his foot injury. He is now back with a nice short-clip, some new projects and a lot of motivation for next season. We had some quick words with the young freestyler.

EFPT: In 2012 you gave your debut on the EFPT and straightaway fought for the first position at the event in Sigri. Afterwards you had to stop fighting for the crown and had to stay off the water for a while can you tell us more about it?

Youp: Yes that was too bad…The whole year I already had an injury on the top of my foot and it made sailing in the straps very painfully specially with stronger winds.

After the last worldcup of the year I had enough and I decided not to compete for the European title and do the needed operation on my foot. 

EFPT: Since last season you also changed your Caribbean sail number to the Dutch one. Can you tell us more about your thoughts behind it?

Youp: I know I live on Bonaire and it is my home and from that side i'll never be able to call Holland home. Yet I changed my sail number from NB to NED because it helps me. 

EFPT: With 18 years you are not only in the professional windsurfing scene but you are also involved in quite a few other projects. Let us know more about the 'Stichting Project'.

Youp: Ahh yes, 18 already?! It really doesn't feel that way, and I think it never will! 

Yes I am a little active too with some of the local guys on Bonaire. I like to see and try and get them on the water.

Stichting Project is a project who supports the teenage kids of Bonaire. They take them diving, climbing, biking, windsurfing of course and many many more activities. Windsurfing is a sport that everybody knows on the island because of the local guys (Tonky and Taty Frans, Kiri Thode). Windsurfing is expensive though and that's where Stichting Project helps and I to help motivate the kids.

EFPT: "HeyYoup" has been all over the windsurfing news. Can you tell us more about it and how you came up with the idea of making an own clothing brand. Was it just yourself or are others involved?

Youp: A year ago I saw a t-shirt that had written ''Heyyou'' on it. For fun I suggested to the guy from 'Heyyou' to put a P behind it. They thought it would be a funny idea to cooperate with a windsurfer who's name seems to fit in it and now all of a sudden I have a whole t-shirt line! It's a lot of fun for me to do it actually. I like to play around with the designs which I do together with the people who print them and who I got to know from ''Heyyou'. The brands 'HeyYoup' and 'Heyyou' are now seperate from each other. Furthermore there aren't too many designs yet, but a lot more will be coming soon! You can check it out at: www.heyyoup.com 

EFPT: Do you see it as an investment into your future? 

Youp: Not really actually. I just like to promote it by spreading the word about it! I also enjoy to kind of create my own style with the logo. But who knows what the future holds!

EFPT: What about your plans for the 2013 season? JP brand manager Martin Brandner mentioned to the press office that you want to fight for the 2013's European Freestyle Champion title. How are you going to prepare for it and what do you think about the 2013 tour plan?

Youp: I would really like to fight for the EFPT title! Hopefully everything will go right for my EFPT season, i'm going for it! Last year I was actually fully focusing on doing good on the world tour, then I saw that there was a EFPT in Greece and that some more guys we're going as well so it became a good and fun reason for me to stay in Europe and try to maybe fight for the title too. Sadly I wasn't able to make it to the last two events of the tour due to my injury. It took much longer to heal than I thought! Now I've been back on the water again quite a while with some extra soft footsteps from JP and am feeling ready for this year!

Youp proves that he is ready for next season with his latest training clip that was filmed in Bonaire. Enjoy:

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