Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne showed what a force he would be on the tour if there were more starboard tack events, by winning the 2012 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup Super Session on Saturday. In a lighter than expected on shore northerly wind of 15 knots, Victor Fernandez Lopez demonstrated his class in the first 30 seconds with a table forward that brought him a series of 7 points from the judges. But with one jump counting to win the heat, Browne, born and raised on the starboard tack in Brazil, and now living on another one in Maui, took the lead with an air chacho. He then bettered it with a sweet one-foot back loop that scored 8s with the judges.
“It was a little bit tricky, I’m glad I got my jumps in at the beginning of the heat because then the wind dropped and I watched the guys planing back and forth,” Browne said. “I am not used to these cold conditions so my hands were numb.”
The rare conditions in Klitmøller meant it was first time in five years – since Guincho, Portugal in 2007 – that there has been a starboard tack jumping contest on a world tour dominated by port tack venues. Even had Philip Köster, the world champion, not been a no-show, he would have found it tough to beat Browne in these conditions.
Thomas Traversa, the Cold Hawaii World Cup champion, did enter and the starboard tack and the light airs favoured him, but his back loop was not good enough to get him out of the qualifying round led by Browne and Robby Swift.
Kauli Seadi, the triple world champion and one of the most ambidextrous on the tour, made it a Brazilian day, with an air chacho, but his wet landing meant 6.5s, which was enough for third place. As the wind slackened further in the second half of the heat, the scores dropped and there was little opportunity for the six riders in the final, including John Skye, Swift and Jamie Hancock, to better their scores.
Browne paid tribute to Seadi after. “When I was 15 my father trusted Seadi to take me with him travelling,” Browne said. “Without him I wouldn’t be standing here.”
Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne – one foot back loop Victor Fernandez Lopez – table forward Kauli Seadi – air chacho (wet) John Skye Robby Swift Jamie Hancock
Qualifying round one:
Jamie Hancock - Q – one-handed back loop. John Skye - Q – back loop Ricardo Campello Kenneth Danielsen Mikey Clancy
Qualifying round two:
Marcillo ‘Brawzinho’ Browne - Q – high back loop Robby Swift – Q – air chacho Ross Williams Thomas Traversa Antoine Martin
Qualifying round three:
Victor Fernandez Lopez – Q – table forward Kauli Seadi – Q – air chacho Tuomo Naallsvaara Markus Rydberg