The 2005 Bonaire King of the Caribbean – Interview Marcilio Browne
As winds continued to be light, we got up close and personal with Brazilian rising star Marcilio Browne de Oliveira Neto, a.k.a. Browzinho (BRA-105, Naish/ Naish).
<PHOTO1>As winds continued to be light, we got up close and personal with Brazilian rising star Marcilio Browne de Oliveira Neto, a.k.a. Browzinho (BRA-105, Naish/ Naish).
How did you get into windsurfing?
My dad is nine times Brazilian windsurfing champion, so he basically taught me from the age of four. I live in Fortaleza, it’s almost always windy there, so I progressed pretty quickly.
These days you sail a lot with Kauli Seadi and Konan Lang. Can you tell us more about that?
I met Kauli through my father when I was eight and Konan back in ’99. We’re sailing together every day now, really learning a lot from each other. We’ve been going to Maui together which was great. It’s nice to watch and sail with the major pro’s, most of them are very cool and teach me a lot.
Speaking of Maui, you competed in this year’s Jeep Hawaii Pro contest. What was that like?
It was though, but fun. I sailed against Victor Fernandez, Matt Pritchard, Keith Taboul, Mariano Estivill and Boujamaa Guilloul, who took me out. I did manage to land a clean double forward, but Boujamaa had the edge.<PHOTO2>
So you’re doing waves and freestyle. Which discipline do you prefer?
Definitely waves. I’m going to compete in Guincho next month and the Canaries. Guincho should be fun. It’s porttack, which is my favourite. Pozo on the other hand will be hard! Hardcore wind from the left and all the big names are there. But it will be a very good learning experience for me.
Tell us about your training.
I would love to spend more time in Floripa in the south of Brazil, where Kauli lives. You have both tacks there, good waves and wind. I hope to go there after coming back from the European PWA events. Fortaleza is good for freestyle, but it doesn’t really get any waves. I’m still in school, but I mostly study by email, so I’m not stuck in one location.
<PHOTO3>Are you enjoying life on the tour?
Absolutely. I’m making a lot of friends and am really improving my sailing. I get to sail with and against the biggest names in windsurfing and it sure beats being in Brazil all year. I do miss my family and sailing with my younger brother Gabriel. He’s thirteen and does like one-handed backloops. We’ll be hearing more from him for sure.