Most kids start learning to walk at around one year old and then it’s something that becomes second nature – you don’t even have to think about it, right? Having begun windsurfing at the very young age of 4, windsurfing has obviously become second nature to Marcilio Browne. I have no idea if, when he sails, he has to think too much about what he’s doing but whatever’s going on inside when he’s sailing he makes it look effortless and totally instinctive … kind of like walking on water!
Brawzinho turned pro at 12 and went onto win his first PWA event at 16 and in 2007, at only 18 years old, he became freestyle world champion. He is one of the latest additions to the Goya team and now concentrates primarily on wave sailing and has been in some of the recent great windsurfing movies such as Four Dimensions and Minds Wide Open.
Check out the News section on Marcilio’s website for up to date info: http://www.marciliobrowne.com/en
Many thanks to Frank Berthuot for all the awesome photos in this interview and allowing us to use them: http://www.berthuotvisuals.com/
Name: Marcilio Browne
Where are you currently based? Maui
Sponsors: Goya, ION , MFC , APSU
Why are you so passionate about windsurfing? Its what makes me happy, I have been doing since I am 4 , I love all the aspcects .
Most visited website? Not sure
Three words you believe describe you: don’t know … happy , bit paranoid maybe , perfectionist
Three words that others might use to describe you: no idea
A phrase or motto you live by: do it your best or don’t do it
What was for breakfast this morning? oat meal and smoothie
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Ayrton Senna , I am a huge fan .
If you were a superhero, which power would you want to have? Instant transportation around the world, be anywhere anytime
You’re going on a windsurfing trip to a desert island, other than your windsurf gear, what 3 things do you take with you? food , a camera and my girlfriend to manage both
Favorite movie? Favorite song? lord of war, that’s the first good one I can remember . led zeppelin’s songs
Favorite place to eat. Brasil
How long have you been windsurfing? since 1994
Where is your favourite windsurfing spot and why? Paracuru, because all my friends are out over there everyday
Who was your inspiration when you started windsurfing and why? my dad, Naish, Polakow , Goya , Kauli …
What’s your preference? Multi-fin or single fin? Jumping or wave-riding? multi fin, waveriding
What advice do you have for someone who’s starting out in windsurfing and would like to progress in the sport? Don’t give up until you can get planning, after that you will be hooked .
Windsurfing was a hugely popular sport in the 80s. Do you believe it will make a comeback and if so how can people help this along? yes I believe it will come back. All people have to do is enjoy themselves and go windsurfing
What is your most vivid or favourite memory of a personal windsurfing moment? First time Water starting , it was so good to be able to go deep and sail by myself after that
If you weren’t a windsurfer, what would you be doing? probably working with my father in Brasil
What kind of training do you do, be it physical or mental, to keep you in shape for windsurfing? MPG in Maui with Scott Sanchez, cycling, surfing and starching
What are the biggest misconceptions about being a pro? People think we just play all day long, but its actually a real job and has a lot of risks and it requires pushing your body to the limits everyday.
As a pro, what have been your highlights as a windsurfer? And the low points? World champ 2007, first went to Maui, when moved to Maui , starting working with Francisco Goya and the rest of the team
Other than family, what do you cherish in your life and why is it so important to you? Health and happiness.Because without those there is nothing .
Do you have a regret you wish you could amend? not really, every mistake I made has made me stronger and the person I am now
Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions? For sure I do, if a person stops to have ambitions than there is nothing to look forward too.
Do you have any pet hates? people eat with mouth open , people touching my toe nails
What was the last book you read & what was the last movie you watched? Andre Agassi’s biography and ‘This means war”
If you find yourself getting burned out or are stuck in a rut, what do you do to revitalize yourself or snap out of it? do the opposite of what I was doing .
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years from now? same thing hopefully
How do you personally define success? If you are satisfied with yourself I guess
I’m a big believer in…. karma, what goes around comes around
Call me crazy but…. Its been 10 minutes and I don’t have this awnser .
My favorite place on earth is…. home
My parents are…. Coming to maui this spring to see me .
I could never…. Say never
I’ve always wanted to…. Live my life to the fullest
Life is nothing without…. family
Today I will…. Gym , sail, work on my computer, eat , watch tv and sleep
The internet is…. Wonderful yet annoying
If I had the power I would change…. The way windsurfing is seen and market it diferently
I am…. Ready for breakfast