8 Steps To Sail Like A Champion with Marcilio Browne

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Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne has proved he is currently the best all round wavesailor in the world, by taking the 2013 PWA title. Whilst nobody else can quite do it like Brawzi, we all want to try…

Here’s a very special guide, from the champion himself, on how to wavesail like a champ…

Marcilio Browne, the new world wave champion
Marcilio Browne, the new world wave champion

Launching

Basically, I try to time it right and go in between sets when launching. It’s always important to keep your knees and elbows bent while sailing on top of waves, and also keep your weight further back. If you are launching in shore break try to commit once you decide to go and don’t hesitate.

Wave Choice

It depends a lot from place to place, but mostly it’s important to have good speed in order to be further out from everyone and still get in the wave, that’s the only way to really ‘pick’ a wave that you want on a very crowded spot, otherwise people can just keep on going around you.

Apart from that, you can also watch the spot a lot before going out.. which waves are the best of the set? It’s usually the 2nd and 3rd, but it depends. Also, waves can come from different angles and, depending where you are, one angle can break better than the other; so a good choice would be to watch and see how it forms best , that will help you to keep on the right spot and choosing the good ones. Asking some locals could also be helpful.

Marcilio Browne in action at the Red Bull Storm Chase in Tasmania
Marcilio Browne in action at the Red Bull Storm Chase in Tasmania

Jumping High

I think having a lot of power in the sail can bring you higher than anything else, so if you really want to go high be sure to be powered up!

The second thing is to choose a good ramp. If you want to go straight up you should look for a ramp as vertical as you can find. After that you can train how to push on your legs at the right time against the wave, that can give you some more projection, and with practice and timing that technique can make you go high on small ramps too. Bending your elbows and bringing boom close to your waist can help with control in the air, also tucking your knees.

On page two tips on the forward loop, onshore turns, getting vertical, aerials and what to do when a jump goes wrong…

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