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INTERVIEW BRAWZINHO BY SIEPLYWA.PL
First please give us some basic info about yourself:
Name/Surname: Marcilio Browne de Oliveira Neto
Place of birth: Fortaleza, Brasil
Favourite spot: Ponta Preta
Preferred tack to sail: Starboard tack
Favourite gear type (board- single/quad/thruster/twin?): quad and 4 batten sail
Favorite Windsurf athletes: Kauli, JP , Goya
Favorite non-windsurf athletes: Kelly Slater, Travis Pastrana
Other sports/hobbies? Surfing
Sieplywa.pl: First of all congrats on going through mission one of RBSC! Do you like conditions like these that you’ve scored there?
Marcilio Browne: It was very hard conditions and the whole set up was intense. From leaving the Marshals, arriving in Maui for a few hours , than heading straight to Ireland , sleeping for half a night than facing that storm, it was hard for sure . I am glad that I did it, it was a new experience, but if you ask me if i want those conditions everyday the answer is NO !
Sieplywa.pl: You’ve probably heard this question a dozen times but, how did it all start for you?
Marcilio Browne: It started back in Brasil when i was 4 with my dad and uncle , they both windsurfed , also my grandmother lived right at the beach so we just sailed out from her garage . Also I lived only a few hours drive from places like Jericoacoara, Paracuru , so I had a coast full of amazing spots right there for me , I was very lucky .
Sieplywa.pl: How much time do you spend at home during the year? Or maybe you now consider Maui your home?
Marcilio Browne: I am now living in Maui, I stay here probably 4 to 5 months, the rest i am travelling . I like it here, but I still miss Brasil and I go there as much as possible, normally 1,5 month divided in a few trips .
Sieplywa.pl: Are there any spots that you would still like to visit or that you would like to visit more often?
Marcilio Browne: I would like to go to Indo, never been there and looks great, also Australia. And would be great also to have that event back in CV, I love it over there and really look forward to go back .
Sieplywa.pl: Do you prefere the competitive side of the sport or maybe the freesailing one?
Marcilio Browne: I like both, I think both are fun. Competing is great, when you have good conditions, gets you excited and really focused, I really enjoy it. Also its a way to push yourself harder than you would otherwise if just free sailing most days. But on the other hand nothing better to sail with just friends on perfect waves, no pressure, so, I can say I love both for sure.
Sieplywa.pl: Did you always want to become a professional?
Marcilio Browne: Yes, since the start that was my goal, I never wanted to have a real job, so I always did my best to be able to make windsurfing my work.
Sieplywa.pl: How do you prepare for the season? Do you go to gym also and keep the special diet and nutrition plan? Maybe you have some methods of preventing the more common injuries or core training techniques?
Marcilio Browne: I go to the gym with Scott Sanchez from MPG here in Maui, apart from that I try to eat well and stretch. But most important I think having fun is my main goal, I try to keep it always interesting and try to be as much as I can in the water, in the end of the day thats the best practice you can get by far. The gym and stretching for me I see more like just maintenance, I think just doing a little bit on weekly bases is how I feel the best, just to keep things in place and avoid injuries.
Sieplywa.pl: Lately we start to see the big names retreat a little bit from PWA, probably everyone heard of Kauli leaving Neilpryde for slightly smaller sail company Hot Sails, you also seem to back off fom some time and engage more in AWT. Do you think that it is going to start a trend between the best guys of looking for smaller tours that offer much better conditions for sailing and competing?
Marcilio Browne: I am actually still doing the PWA and thats still my main goal. This year we will have some new events, so will be fun to compete on fresh locations and do something different. I will also do some of the AWT events, probably Santa Cruz and Maui. But I am not sure if a trend is really starting, I still see most of the guys doing the PWA, and at the same time the AWT have some events with fun conditions also, but I still see the PWA as the main world tour .
Sieplywa.pl: By the way, did you ever think on competing in slalom or formula also?
Marcilio Browne: No, never !
Sieplywa.pl: Coming back to PWA, do you feel that riders have any influence on how the PWA looks like at all? Does anyone listen to riders suggestions?
Marcilio Browne: Yes, I think they do listen a bit for sure. I think slowly we are all starting to work closer together, in result we seem to move forward a bit. I just hope the tour can find some more starboard tack events so everything is a bit more even .
Sieplywa.pl: Do you think that PWA wave events should also come back to places like Great Britain which are colder but offer good conditions?
Marcilio Browne: Sure, I think we should, I have been there before, there are so many sailors and the conditions are fun !
Sieplywa.pl: What were your main reasons to leave Fanatic/NS for Goya?
Marcilio Browne: Just a lot of things together. I am very thankfull for the support NS/Fanatic gave me on the past, I had a great time with them, but it was time for me to change. I get along super well with everyone on Goya, it really made sense for me to move, also as I am living in Maui, we can be in contact pretty much everyday, work on the gear, sail together and etc. After this first year I can say I had so much fun and really look forward for the future .
Sieplywa.pl: What side of the partnership do you appreciate and respect the most if it comes to rider-sponsor relations? Is it rather the opportunity to have a big influence on product development or rather a free hand and sponsor support on representing the brand not only by competing during highest level events? I mean what kind of partnership with your sponsor is the best in your opinion?
Marcilio Browne: I just think brands should give riders the option for them to choose want they want to do (or at least give the choices ) on a way that also benefits the brands, I believe both have to be happy with each others work, and really help each other grow. So basically if the people involved get along and do what they agreed to at first its only natural that both grow. And for sure riders should work together with the brands developing gear, so they ride what they like and the brand can take advantage on their riders knowledge to improve their products.
Sieplywa.pl: Don’t you think that the idea of windsurfing as a sport for masses was lost somewhere during the process of discipline development with all the high end stuff? Maybe the race to be able to say, we offer the best out there” lead to the point where the sport is now out of reach for those who it was once affordable for? What do you think about it?
Marcilio Browne: I actually see people pushing on the gear development as something positive, it means stuff is getting better and easier to ride and I like to see people putting energy into trying to make the sport better. Yes, things are more expensive now, but they are so much better, and last for so much longer , its really about how you see it, I am trying the get the positive of it, when I look back and see what people used to ride, and how many masts they used to break, I am so happy to be where we are! I don’t know as I never worked closely on the sales side. I think there are many factors that by coming together affected the sport. I mean, its very hard to put a blame on somebody or someone specific, if it was clear we would have around found a solution. I think we still have a great sport, still have events and can still have a lot of fun . For sure the sport could be bigger, but it could also be smaller, so I think people should just enjoy it as it is, great in my opinion.
Sieplywa.pl: Do you currently work on any movie project? We all Wonder if you’re planning on making a movie together with Levi J (If yes, please give us some sneak peak on it).
Marcilio Browne: Not really any projects now. We film most days we sail, but only for small internet videos!! I will let you know when we have any other projects coming .
Sieplywa.pl: Talking on movies which are a great inspiration for many, maybe you could tellu s who is the biggest inspiration for you when you go sailing, and who do you think have influenced your style the most through past few years?
Marcilio Browne: A lot of people, for sure Naish, JP , Goya , Siver, Kauli . I watched videos from a lot of people over and over. I would say I was most influenced by Kauli and Goya. Still some of the new guys also really inspire me, Victor Fernandez, Ricardo and Phillip Koster have inspired me a lot on the jumping side , those guys get me fired up to sail and train also on onshore, I love watching them sail and see how some times they can do so much on such hard conditions .
Sieplywa.pl: Everyone probaby asks about what you like the most about your lifestyle. What are the cons of being a pro windsurfer in your opinion?
Marcilio Browne: I would say all the travelling, dealing with airports, being away from home and family, that last one is what I feel the most.
Sieplywa.pl: Would you like to say cheers to someone?
Marcilio Browne: My family and friends !!
Sieplywa.pl: Couple of words to Polish windsurfers?
Marcilio Browne: All the best for you guys and thanks for reading this!!!
Sieplywa.pl: Thanks for the interview!
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