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Filipe Toledo Suspended from Tour!

Derek Rielly

by Derek Rielly

No Fiji for Filipe after attempted storming of judging tower!

Oh the fatal rigidity or WSL rules. I awoke this morning not to the smell of blooms through an open window or the fullness of a plump ass in my face but the hollow news that Filipe Toledo had been fined and suspended from the tour’s next event after an “incident” in Brazil.

You can guess why, right? You saw it? His paddling interference on Kanoa Igarashi in a round three heat? Where Filipe, who is a perfect salad of athletic genes, was the unbackable favourite?

A recap.

Four minute into the heat, a peak comes, more of a left that a right. Filipe paddles for the right; Kanoa for the left. Neither gives an inch. Filipe pulls off the wave as Kanoa forces the issue. The judges call a paddling interference on Filipe which means his second highest scoring wave is cut in half.

Son of a bitch. Filipe eventually loses and, shortly after, attempts to storm the judging tower.

Now, Filipe ain’t no marble mountain like Sunny or Zeke.  He’s lovely and passionate and gives off a fuzzy warmth. As non-threatening as a baby animal in distress.

An easy mark. Fined. Suspended.

Here’s the press release.

“I’m a passionate guy and surfing is my life,” said Toledo. “After getting an interference in the third round in Saquarema, I was very upset and my actions after the heat were unacceptable. After cooling down, I realized that I was not myself. I’m very sorry for my behavior. I want to apologize to the fans, my sponsors, the media and WSL. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept my suspension. I am disappointed to miss the next event, but looking forward to returning stronger for Jeffreys Bay. Good luck to everyone in Fiji and thank you all for the continued support.”

The suspension will conclude following the OK Fiji Pro:

“Filipe (Toledo) is a really good kid and an incredible surfer,” Renato Hickel, WSL Deputy Commissioner, said. “The WSL is very fortunate to have someone of his caliber on tour and he is constantly progressing the level of surfing in the live arena. It’s disappointing when we have to pass disciplinary action for any of our surfers, but that behavior is not acceptable for the sport. Filipe knows this and we look forward to seeing his talent back on tour very soon.”

See what drove Filipe nuts here.