Marcilio 'Brawzinho' Browne has proved he is currently the best all round wavesailor in the world, by taking the 2013 PWA title. Whilst nobody else can quite do it like Brawzi, we all want to try...

Here's a very special guide, from the champion himself, on how to wavesail like a champ...

Marcilio Browne, the new world wave champion


Basically, I try to time it right and go in between sets when launching. It's always important to keep your knees and elbows bent while sailing on top of waves, and also keep your weight further back. If you are launching in shore break try to commit once you decide to go and don't hesitate.

Wave Choice

It depends a lot from place to place, but mostly it's important to have good speed in order to be further out from everyone and still get in the wave, that's the only way to really 'pick' a wave that you want on a very crowded spot, otherwise people can just keep on going around you.

Apart from that, you can also watch the spot a lot before going out.. which waves are the best of the set? It's usually the 2nd and 3rd, but it depends. Also, waves can come from different angles and, depending where you are, one angle can break better than the other; so a good choice would be to watch and see how it forms best , that will help you to keep on the right spot and choosing the good ones. Asking some locals could also be helpful.

Marcilio Browne in action at the Red Bull Storm Chase in Tasmania

Jumping High

I think having a lot of power in the sail can bring you higher than anything else, so if you really want to go high be sure to be powered up!

The second thing is to choose a good ramp. If you want to go straight up you should look for a ramp as vertical as you can find. After that you can train how to push on your legs at the right time against the wave, that can give you some more projection, and with practice and timing that technique can make you go high on small ramps too. Bending your elbows and bringing boom close to your waist can help with control in the air, also tucking your knees.

On page two tips on the forward loop, onshore turns, getting vertical, aerials and what to do when a jump goes wrong...

[part title="More on page two..."]Forward Loop

For sure, opening your hands wide, looking back , pulling back hand and tucking your knees. But another important thing is, to be sure that before start to rotate the nose is pointing low and downwind, that will prevent you from going end over end and will also helps to have a nice sideways rotation.

Marcilio Browne in the Canaries

Onshore Turns

For onshore waveriding I try to always use bigger gear than I usually would on side shore. In onshore conditions, it's very important to have power in the sail as it's way harder to get it from wave, as it usually blocks the wind.

So, keeping the back hand wide and opening the sail on the bottom turns really help to keep good speed, it also gives you more time to see where you are going and hit the lip with a good timing and placement.

Getting Vertical

For this timing is very important, if you go too early there wont be enough power to go back, if you go too late you can wipe out after the wave breaks on you. So, most important is to start a normal bottom turn and to get the last vertical push you can always push harder on your back foot, that should help the board to go more vertical.

Marcilio Browne getting air in Ho'okipa


There are many ways to do them and once again, timing is everything. It's good to always have speed, that will make you get air after hitting the lip and will help to make it back into the wave. Some times if you're going slow is harder to get air and you end up coming down with the lip instead of getting air.

Always remember to try to project yourself forward, keeping as a goal to land in the base of the wave. Remember the wave also moves forward, so if you just go straight you will end up in the back. It's very important to be hitting the lip right when it is throwing forward.

When A Jump Goes Wrong

It really depends, as it can go wrong in so many ways. But if I can bail I do, as long as I can throw the gear down wind so I wont land on top of it, or if I am sure to be able to get both feet out of the straps (keeping one foot in there by accident can be bad, and it happens often!). Always remember to unhook your harness before jumping!

This article has been produced in conjunction with our sister publication, Boards.