Mercedes-Benz Windsurf World Cup Sylt

Day 5: Marcilio Browne Reflects on Finally Making a 3rd World Title Reality After Several Close Calls

Wall-to-wall sunshine and almost no wind greeted competitors on Day 5 of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz Windsurf World Cup Sylt and as forecast the wind remained light throughout meaning that the contest remained on hold for another day. 

After having a little bit of time for the news to slightly settle in we managed to catch up with the newly crowned Men’s PWA Wave World Champion - Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) - who adds to his previous world titles from 2007 and 2013:

Hey Braw, congrats on becoming world champion - how does it feel to win your third world title 9 years on from your last?

It feels surreal actually, something that has been my main goal for so long finally becoming reality. 

You’ve had some close calls in the past - did you ever start to doubt whether you would get your hands on another world title? 

In 2019 it was extra hard, losing it by 1 position really hurt, and at that point it was hard thinking of starting all over again. For a few months i felt really mentally tired of it all, and didn't even want to think about contests, but as time went by I slowly got the motivation to compete again and by not having events due to covid it made me miss those more. 

How does winning your third world title compare to your first or second world crowns?

They all felt soo different from each other. This one felt the best by far as i feel like I trained a lot smarter over the past 3 years and by doing that I could balance other things in my life a lot better, I had plenty of family time and everything felt in the right place. I think this was the most important, to feel like I was always there for my family, but also training super hard. Also I put a lot more energy into developing my gear and I felt a lot more dialled in on that aspect - especially for onshore conditions, so i never wasted any energy second guessing my gear choices. 

It seemed like you had no idea that you would be world champion if you won the heat against Ricardo… did you deliberately try not to find out what you needed to win? 

Yes, when I received the PWA email I stopped reading it as soon as I realized they were going to mention the title calculations. I didn't want to know about any of that, I just wanted to focus on myself and my sailing until it was all said and done, I think thats why so much emotion came out at that moment. 

The conditions looked pretty sick and heavy Monday - how was your day and what gear were you on?

The conditions were incredible, probably the best Sylt I’ve seen in 15 years. My day was loooong. I was at the beach at 5:45am as we knew the skippers was at 6:45am. I was trying to see what the waves looked like as I was bringing my gear down in the dark. As soon as they called for Freestyle I quickly got into my wetsuit and went for a 30 min warm up at 7am. After that I took a break until 10, then it was on competing until about 5pm I think. I feel totally exhausted today, really tired and sore. It’s nice to have a couple days rest before the double resumes. 

Thanks, Marcilio and congratulations once again!

The outlook for tomorrow has improved slightly overnight and there now looks to be the possibility of some more racing with 9-14 knots from the north-north-east currently being predicted. All fleets will meet at 10am tomorrow morning for their skippers’ meetings with a first possible start for Wave & Freestyle at 10:30am, whilst the first possible start for Slalom is 11am.

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Result 2022 Mercedes-Benz Windsurf World Cup Sylt - Women’s Wave 

*Single Elimination

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa | ARU (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Justyna Sniady | POL (North Sails / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Lina Erpenstein | GER (Severne / Severne Sails)
4th Steffi Wahl | GER (Windflüchter Surfboards / Sailloft Hamburg)
5th Maria Morales | ESP (Goya Windsurfing)
5th Maaike Huvermann | NED (Severne / Severne Sails)
5th Marine Hunter | FRA (KA Sail)
5th Isabel Trivino Delgado | ESP (Severne / Severne Sails)

Result 2022 Mercedes-Benz Windsurf World Cup Sylt - Men’s Wave 

*Single Elimination

1st Philip Köster | GER (Severne / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins)
2nd Marc Paré | ESP (Fanatic / Duotone)
3rd Marcilio Browne | BRA (Goya Windsurfing)
4th Victor Fernandez | ESP (Fanatic / Duotone / SWOX)
5th Ricardo Campello | VEN/BRA (Naish / Naish Sails)
5th Thomas Traversa | FRA (Tabou / GA Sails)
5th Antoine Martin | FRA (Starboard / North Sails)
5th Leon Jamaer | GER (Flikka / NeilPryde) 

Result 2022 Mercedes-Benz Windsurf World Cup Sylt - Men’s Freestyle 
*Single Elimination

1st Adrien Bosson | FRA (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Steven Van Broeckhoven | BEL (Starboard / GUNSAILS)
3rd Jacopo Testa | ITA (AV Boards / Point-7 / AL360)
4th Yentel Caers | BEL (JP / NeilPryde)
5th Sam Esteve | FRA (JP / NeilPryde)
5th Dieter Van der Eyken | BEL (Severne / Severne Sails)
5th Youp Schmit | NB (Tabou / GA Sails)
5th Amado Vrieswijk | NB (Future Fly / Severne Sails)

Current Ranking 2022 Mercedes-Benz Windsurf World Cup Sylt - Men’s Slalom
*After 4 Eliminations 

1st Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)
2nd Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils)
3rd Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne Sails)
4th Amado Vrieswijk (NB | Future Fly / Severne Sails)
5th Mateus Isaac (BRA | Severne / Severne Sails)
6th Sebastian Kördel (GER | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)
7th Johan Soe (DEN | FMX Racing / Point-7)
8th Luuc Van Opzeeland (NED | Severne / Severne Sails)
9th Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)
10th Sebastian Kornum (DEN | JP / NeilPryde)

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