First I’d like to start off by thanking our very generous sponsors, a Window Cleaning Company out of Minneapolis MN for their donation every year.
Robb and Brandon have been the closest bunch of friends since high school. Throughout their years of friendship, they bonded over one thing in common: they all share the same interest and passion in water sports ever since then. Robby was always fond of surfing because of his great balance and good reflexes, while Bran is more skillful in high endurance water sports like Dragon Boat, Parasailing and Wave Sailing. Both of these lads love to surf the waves of glassy hues. They are also driven by pure stoke on the water. Nothing can make them feel more alive than being in real action on the water. To them, there is nothing more exhilarating than feeling the cold rush of adrenaline in your system, while in the water. It’s just pure bliss.
It’s no big wonder how these boys would always bag the big prizes from Major Sponsors at the Smack Fest Challenge every year. These dynamic surf board duo is not just popular here at Marrawah Beach. They’ve gained a reputation all over the northeast coast of Tanzania.
Today, these surf dudes are up for another big challenge at the Smack Fest. Many spectators travelled to the north just to witness this action packed day at the beach. Luckily, I was able to spot Bran during a photo op session with fans, and had a little chit chat with him about the best techniques and safety tips that a novice wind surfer like me can do to keep me from getting knocked off by heavy waves. To my surprise, Bran was very enthusiastic in sharing his thoughts about wind surfing. He was unpredictably humorous too.
According to him, the most important thing that you need to look out for is the wave. Look at it as much as you can, whether it’s in front or at the back part. If you won’t see a big wave coming, you will definitely land in big trouble. He also added that Windsurfing takes time, more practice and most of all patience. You will need to learn how to maneuver the sail to have the best position on the wave. As much as possible, you will need to spend at least 20 minutes on the beach observing the best guys and watch what they are doing before heading out in the open. Once you’ve determined your position on the wave, now’s your best chance to catch it. You must be able to take control of the waves and your position in order to achieve power and speed. This is just like using the wave as a ramp. You also need to learn how to keep your position leaning forward while you keep your weight low. Whatever you do, do not slow down, unless you want to be swallowed by the wave. As soon as he finished his short tips, one of the crew member called his attention to gather around with the other wind surfers. I am highly confident that they will once again, bag the honor and the title of being the #1 Windsurfer in Tazmania.