- 02 November 2013 | Windsurfing
Marcilio "Brawzinho" Browne is the 2013 PWA Wave World Tour champion.
The prestigious JP Aloha Classic saw Marcilio Browne holding his nerve in the title showdown against Alex Mussolini, to deservedly be crowned the new wave windsurfing champion. The Brazilian's first, of possibly many, wave world titles.
The decisive battle saw Browne and Mussolini competing in a four-man heat against Josh Angulo and Robby Swift for the 2013 PWA Wave World Tour.
The heat was one of the most eagerly anticipated and high-pressured heats for a number of years, with both Browne and Mussolini looking to claim their maiden titles.
After an intense 22 minutes it was soon revealed that Browne had advanced, whilst crucially Mussolini, agonizingly missed out in third place, as the two-time PWA Wave World champion, Angulo, also advanced.
Browne produced one terrific wave consisting of a powerful, vertical turn, straight into an incredible air taka and one more gouging hack to write his name in windsurfing history.
The tension on the beach, as the result was revealed was palpable, Browne was soon overcome by a sense of disbelief and euphoria at the same time, whilst Mussolini saw his title dreams come to an end.
"It's my childhood dream, it's what I've been working towards for my whole life and it's finally come true, it's unbelievable. It's been a long week and as much as you try to think about it, it's always there in the back of your mind, and now that it's actually over and it's done, it's not a load off my back, but I can relax", says Browne.
"The first wave I went down in the first heat my legs were shaking, I'm not gonna lie, I'm just happy it worked out, had faith and got the job done".
Mussolini can still hold his head high after achieving his best finish to date on the PWA World Tour - runner-up - and he'll be back stronger than ever for 2014.
Overall 2013 PWA Wave World Tour Rankings:
1. Marcilio ‘Brawzinho' Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC)
2. Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra)
3. Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC)
4. Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra)
5. Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC)
6. Philip Köster (NeilPryde / Starboard / Maui Ultra Fins)
7. Jules Denel (JP / NeilPryde)
8. John Skye (RRD / MFC)
9. Leon Jamaer (Fanatic / Hot Sails Maui)
10. Klaas Voget (Fanatic / Simmer / MFC)