Marcilio “Brawzinho” Browne, from Brazil, is the “likeable guy” of the PWA tour. Competitive, focused and determined, on the tour. Laid-back, reserved and “out of the spotlight”, when not on the water. With his charm and down-to-earth attitude, Marcilio is maybe not your most outrageous windsurfer, on the tour. But at last year’s event, he did the outrageous, by beating Philip Köster, in a close fought final, and becoming not only the King of Cold Hawaii 2013, but also the PWA Wave World Champion. It had been a quiet and low-key event, on the water last year, in comparison to the previous years. Then, on the final day, the wind picked with strong onshore winds ramming the coast. This made for a tricky and exciting final… with surprises in store, for everyone.
“I was super surprised”, says Marcilio - still looking somewhat stoked. “Those onshore conditions, like we had in the final, were never really my thing”.
To add to the excitement, he was up against Philip Köster, in the final. Köster, from Germany, is generally known as “the guy to beat”, when it comes to winning on the PWA World tour.
“And on top of that, having Phillip made it even harder. So I really just focused on myself. I didn’t look at what he was doing and tried my best with what I was given. I felt like that final we were both battling more against the conditions, than each other. And then, when the results finally came in, and I had won, it was just unbelievable for me. One of the highlights of my career for sure!”
Seeing how Marcilio will build on from his surprise win last year, will be exciting to watch at this year’s event. He had a super start at Pozo, in June, ending with a podium place, in 3rd. Tenerife didn’t go too well. The Brazilian met Klaas Voget halfway, and his 2nd wave event of the season ended there. So maybe it’s time to turn the heat up, a bit! We could see a second Cold Hawaii title on the horizon, this year.
“I feel good for sure! I’m healthy and have been sailing a bunch, so I will go and give my best every time I go into the water. More than anything, I want to have fun and be happy with my sailing,” said the humble Marcilio. Never one to boost his own ego.
Being in the No.1 spot as PWA Wave World Champ, some of your time is spent looking back over your shoulder, and seeing how the other sailors are chasing your title. This year is no exception!
Marcilio, also known as “Brawzinho”, says about the competition this season, “There are a couple of guys that are very dangerous. Campello, Köster and Fernandez are probably the hardest to beat - especially in Denmark.
Klitmøller is a favourite place for many people. All year round, it’s one of the best places in Northern Europe for windsurfing, surfing and SUP’ing. And after, Marcilio won his Cold Hawaii title here, and his World title, then this quiet, local fishing village is certainly engraved in his memory.
“I really like going there and I have great memories,” says Marcilio. “It’s a very mellow little town, great for relaxing and slowing down, for sure. After traveling so much I like going there and just living slow: sailing, surfing, doing a few nice nature trails and pretty much just being around friends. The locals are so nice and they always welcome us very well. It’s a big pleasure for me to come back, and it is definitely a trip I look forward to.”
Sounds like a “match made in heaven”, or at least a match made on the waves! The humble and laid-back Brazilian, seems to have found a place he can call ”home”, while he’s focusing on keeping the PWA Wave World Champion title in his sights. Cold Hawaii could be the place his season really takes off… again!