8 Steps To Sail Like A Champion with Marcilio Browne

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 Pozo

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.



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