Sailor in Focus

Over the coming weeks we will be interviewing a number of the PWA sailors to find out what makes them tick. This week its Brazilian wave ripper Marcilio Browne.

Born in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, Marcilio Browne (Fanatic / North / MFC) first stepped on to a windsurfing board at a very young age. Since that first time he has never looked back and he has achieved a huge amount in a very short period of time, winning his first PWA competition aged just sixteen and his first freestyle world title aged eighteen. Since then Browne has moved over to the waves where he has become famous for his incredibly explosive moves and super powerful top turns. This season Browne has been seen to be pulling some of the finest double forward loops on tour and some mind-blowing backside 360’s.

PWA: Ninth place is a great position to finish the year in, what are your thoughts on the 2010 season?

Browne: “It was a fun year, I had my best result in Pozo with a fifth place but it didn’t do so well in Tenerife and Denmark. It was still fun going around, hanging out with my friends and sailing on those places.”

PWA: What new moves are you currently learning?

Browne: “I am in Maui right now, basically just focusing on improving my wave riding and developing some new sails. I haven’t tried new moves lately, I have been trying to be more consistent on my turns mostly.”

PWA: When did you first step onto a board? 

Browne: “The first time I stepped onto a board was when I was four years old.”

PWA: What is your favorite move?

Browne: “I really like the pushloop forward.”

PWA: We saw you ripping on the tow-in in Sylt. Do you freestyle much at the moment?

Browne: “Not really any more, I used to loads but I haven’t really done it since 2009.”

PWA: Where is your favorite place to windsurf?

Browne: “I really like sailing at Hookipa in Maui.”

PWA: How do you learn your moves? Videos? Watching others? 

Browne: “A bit of everything, but mostly watching footage of myself.”

PWA: What move did you find the hardest to learn? 

Browne: “The Flaka”

PWA: What do you do when you’re not windsurfing? 

Browne: “Sup, cycling, reading, stretching, watching movies and relaxing.”

PWA: What are your goals for 2012?

Browne: “Have fun and hopefully get my results to be a bit better.”

PWA: Thanks for your time Marcilio, enjoy your winter and we look forward to seeing you out on the water in 2012.

To follow what Browne is up to, check out his website at