Archive for Dezember, 2019

2019 Vice-World Champion

Posted: 31st Dezember 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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2013 PWA Wave World Champion - Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) - came agonisingly close to adding a second wave world title to his cabinet this year… so close in fact that if the Brazilian had been able to advance just one more heat at the Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic then he would have been crowned the 2019 PWA Wave World Champion. However, Browne finished just short finishing 3rd in the semifinals. 

2019 still represents an exceptional year for Browne on tour with the 30-year-old finishing as the vice-world champion behind eventual champion - Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) - while he was the only sailor to boast a top 5 finish or better at every event. We recently caught up with Braw for an interview, which you can read below:

Hi Marcilio, congrats on a great season - finishing in the overall top 3 for the second time in three years - how does it feel to be the vice-world champion for 2019?

Feels great! The level these days is pretty scary and every heat is a really big challenge. So yeah, 2nd place is a huge achievement for me and its nice when all the work translates into results. 

Ultimately, you were one heat away from being wave world champion for the second time in your career, how did it feel to be so close, but just miss out?

For the first week, it was quite hard. Being that close and not getting it for sure hurts a lot, so yes, the first couple of days didn’t feel great. After a few weeks went by I started thinking of 2019 more as all the events and not just that last result and slowly I felt happier and happier about how it all went and all the amazing memories from the season. 

You didn’t finish outside of the top 5 in any of the 4 events - the only sailor in the overall top 10 to boast that record - how pleased are you with the level of consistency you showed?

I didn’t know I was the only one who achieved that, but yes that’s awesome, especially considering the mix of conditions we had to deal with this year. 

What would you class as your highlights for the 2019 season? And which moments stand out for you?

I became a much better swimmer after the Maui event haha! 
Just kidding, for me, the highlight was my heat against Philip [Köster] in Pozo, I think that was the best heat I ever put together, and it was against the guy I needed it the most, so I was really stoked. 
Also, the double elimination in Germany was special for me. I was feeling very sick and to finish 2nd after a lot of heats in the double elimination felt almost like a win. Thanks to Francisco Goya and Mateus Isaac for caddying that day, they made all the difference. 

On the flip side…. Is there anything you wish you could do differently if you were given another chance?

I mean there are always things we could have made different but at the time those decisions are very hard to make, wave selections, jump choices… If I could think of something that stands out the most it was my wave selection in Tenerife during the heat that I lost, I wish I had picked better/bigger ones. 

Overall I am happy with how I trained and prepared, sometimes it's just not your day. 

What do you think about the level on the world tour at the moment?

It’s amazing, everyone took their preparation to a new level. There have always been certain guys that were really good at specific spots, but now more and more the sailors see the value in being more all round and it really shows in the majority of the fleet.

After a busy summer of competing - what have you been doing since the end of the season? And what are your plans for the rest of the winter?

I have been working on my boards a lot, with Goya we have been making lots of prototypes and figuring out my quiver for next year. Some really exciting things in the making! Apart from that, I have been sailing Ho’okipa, training with Sarah Hauser and spending some quality time with my wife and baby. 

Thanks, Braw. Have a great new year and enjoy the rest of the winter!

Brazil 2019 | Part One

Posted: 30th Dezember 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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It’s that time of the year again when the first videos of sailors winter training in Brazil start to drop and first up is Italy’s Francesco Cappuzzo (RRD / RRD Sails / AL360), who has been pushing extremely hard by the looks of it.

The Italian finished 12th overall on the Freestyle World Tour in 2019 - including a 7th place finish in Sylt - while he also competed in the Canaries legs of the Wave World Tour.

You can see the 22-year-old flying into huge aerial power freestyle moves @ and it looks as though he is the latest sailor to add the double air culo to his repertoire!

The Northwest Frontier – W.A

Posted: 28th Dezember 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Follow Olly Bridge and Megan Barnett on a fun road trip through Northwest Australia. Enjoy!

Transfer Season

Posted: 27th Dezember 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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Youp Schmit (Tabou / GA Sails) has left I-99 & Avanti Sails to join Tabou & GA Sails after enjoying his best season to date on the world tour - 4th overall. The 24-year-old sailed on Tabou and Gaastra as a youngster, but this is the first time that he has signed a professional contract with them! After his best season to date, and with the news that he is moving on to a new adventure, we recently caught up with Youp for an interview. 

You used to be on Tabou and Gaastra when you were growing up... how long were you with them and how does it feel to return them?

Indeed! I have been stoked on Gaastra/Tabou since a little kid, the other day I posted a little video on my social media! And I have been in touch with team manager Matt Prichard since a little kid but we never got a deal going. As my pro career took off in 2010 I signed with JP/NeilPryde. I was using the gear as I started off with freestyle and was in love with the gear, so I am stoked to be back! 

After your best season on tour - 4th overall - what are your goals for 2020?

The world championship title. 

Obviously in Sylt - you had to compete badly hampered by your knee after having recent knee surgery... are you back to full fitness now? 

Indeed, right before the finals of the world tour season I had a knee injury and surgery just 4 weeks before the world championship finals, I was stoked to have made it with the help of my physio and all the people supporting me to be able to make it happen, and to be a part of it, competing, and even advancing through some heats.

I had my knee taped up and in a knee brace, it was a big struggle but I was more than stoked to be there doing my thing! Right now I am almost 3 month further and got to recover perfect, and got to put a lot of work in getting my knee back in shape to take on anything! 

Will you be spending the winter on Bonaire? Or do you have some trips planned?

For now I will still be spending my time at home and training myself to be 100% top fit condition! To be ready to take on a training trip to Cape Town - looking for strong winds and radical conditions to get ready for the 2020 world tour! 

What are your first impressions of your new gear?

I am stoked to be on Gaastra/Tabou, the gear is looking very good! I like the sails - they are feeling great in my hands and the boards are feeling perfect under my feet! 

Thank you PWA World Tour for the interview, I was stoked answering every question!

All the best regards,
Youp Schmit

Thanks, Youp. Good luck with the rest of your recovery and see you in 2020.

One Session in Dakhla

Posted: 26th Dezember 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Watch Colleen Carroll enjoying the great kiteboarding conditions that Dakhla has to offer.

Kitesurfing Santa Claus at Union Island

Posted: 26th Dezember 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Santa is riding on Union island, in the Grenadines! Watch Jeremie Tronet’s new clip.

Praia Do Guincho

Posted: 26th Dezember 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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Even with the latest online highly accurate weather forecasts there is still always the chance of getting skunked on a mission to score windy and waves... but that's just part of windsurfing. Unfortunately, that was the case for Graham Ezzy on a trip to Portugal, but he still made the most out of the conditions on offer...

Graham Ezzy: “Over the summer, I traveled to Portugal for a holiday between world cups. The epic forecast arrived as mediocre conditions. But luckily, I love mediocre Atlantic windsurfing. No massive waves, no long walls, no steady winds. But plenty of fun taking on the challenge of windsurfing in difficult seas in one of my favourite places in the world.”

You can see Graham Ezzy's latest video @

Pretty in Pink

Posted: 25th Dezember 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Watch Olly Bridge kiting at Hutt Lagoon (Pink Lake), at Port Gregory, Western Australia.

Cinematography: Megan Barnett

Maxime Chabloz PartOne

Posted: 24th Dezember 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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In this video, Maxime Chabloz shows us what a day in Brazil looks like. Surfing, kiting and having fun! Check out Part One of his new short video project.

Filming and edit by Fabian Gattlen (Forthvisuals)

Sessions – From Above featuring Oswald Smith

Posted: 23rd Dezember 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Watch Oswald Smith shredding at the world-famous kiting destination of Tarifa, Spain. Enjoy 3 and a half minutes of pure action!

Filmed & Edited by
Kyle Cabano

Francis Peve – Wild Pogo