To continue our series we caught up with none other than Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne. Arguably the most diverse and radical windsurfer right now, Brawzinho continues to push the limits on both tacks, both at his relatively new home in Maui and in spots like Pozo where he currently finds himself waiting for wind.
Well known for grabbing the biggest sail possible and launching into radical stalled doubles, pushloop forwards and insane double air takas, the latter of which was perhaps a strong influence for the new freestyle move the Pasko. So we reckon he is pretty qualified to give all of us some sound advice with these top tips about sailing in strong winds. As a little bonus (if you missed it) you can check out his Pozo training video from just before the event began this week.
How to jump high
It is pretty much all about the power in the sail as well as your speed and the size of the wave, but there are a few other details that can help to go even higher. I like to bend my knees as I am going up the ramp, so I can push them hard just as I am about to take off, that always gives a little bit of extra height. Also in the air it is important to keep knees tucked in and to bring boom close to your waist. Thats pretty much it I think, obviously picking your ramps well is also key, the bigger and steeper the ramp you take the higher you go for sure .
How to sail in control in super strong winds
There are a lot of things that can play on that. First of all you want to have your gear right, having either board or sail too big makes it a lot harder to keep controlled. Also tuning your gear, getting used to the board and finding the set up that keeps your board closer to the water helps. When it is really strong I try not to waist my energy, instead of going full power at all times, I try to choose the moments when I am actually going to do a move and then sheet in. Sometimes sailing full speed all the time can take a lot of your energy and focus. So just looking around and saving your energy until you go for a big jump or a wave ride helps. If you save your energy you will save your power and that will end up helping you to keep control of your gear for longer.
How to wave ride in side on shore over powered conditions
For onshore I personally prefer to have a very fast board, which allows me to ride a smaller sail than usual. Waveriding frontside in onshore conditions is hard, and especially if you are getting over loaded on the sail, so having a fast board will help a lot. Going frontside you can keep going longer and more vertical on your button turns if your sail isn’t too powered up, as long as your board keeps the speed. On the jumping end it’s pretty much easier to do all the moves if you have a smaller sail, so yes, choosing the right gear is very important. Apart from that I think just training and repetition, getting used to all the little details and spending extra time will take you further than anything else.
How to forward loop when over powered
I think going fast is very important, its almost like your sail gets less powered and more controlled when you go faster. Also, when its super windy, going even more downwind than usual helps a lot, takes a bit of power off the sail and makes it a bit easier to see the landing. The basics are still the same, slide the back hand back, wait a bit after you jump until the nose of the board is pointing down, look back, tuck your legs in and pull the back hand (maybe not as hard as you can in this wind, haha).
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How to back loop overpowered
The back loops have a bit of a different technique in these winds. I think first of all choosing a vertical ramp is everything, a ramp that will push you straight up. Even if that sounds scarier, that’s the safest way to do it. If you go up really vertically it means you are taking power off your sail. If you just jump on a ramp that’s not so steep, you can get pushed down wind and your sail will be super powered up by the time you are landing, I wouldn’t recommend that. So choose a good ramp, try to go straight up, as vertical as you can, bring your boom close to your waist, look back over your shoulder and try to point straight down for your landing, also keep your knees tucked in.
Be sure to join us again tomorrow for more from Dany Bruch including a special extended feature on jumping high.