More of the same but inspiring nonetheless!
What would you do if, like Filipe Toledo, you were banned from the Not-Half-Bad Fiji Pro?
A. Paddle from nearby Tonga and storm the judges’ tower, which conveniently sits in International Waters and therefore outside the WSL’s jurisdiction*.
B. Jump for joy, knowing that your tube prowess couldn’t be ridiculed until at least Teahupo’o.
C. Hang out in Brazil and practice more small wave surfing.
Let’s watch and find out!
So definitely C., B. is debatable, and sadly A. did not occur.
Lucky for Toledo, his small wave game is second best in the world and continues to thrill despite its market-place saturation.
We’ve always loved Fil for his airs, but the way he lays rail on a two-footer defies comprehension. His 2:14 turn caresses my thighs. The tow-ats twist my nipples.
But really, If I’m Filipe Toledo — the undisputed small wave/aerial master who stumbled into a two-month vacation — I’m gonna work on my flaws. The kid says he wants a title, yet I’ve never seen him take a “practice” (AKA do nothing but get barreled everyday) trip to Tahiti or Fiji.
He’s got the money, he’s got the time, and he’s apparently got the drive, so what gives?
Most pros have to be forced to practice in knee-high burgers, but it’s all Filipe seems to want to do. Alternatively, other CTers enjoy recon missions to Chopes and Cloudy while Filipe dawdles in San Clemente and Brazil.
And while I’m happy to gorge on Filipe’s small wave brilliance, I can’t help feeling empty in the afterglow. I feel this clip, from top-five film Good Will Hunting, epitomizes my feelings on the subject. (My role is played by Ben Affleck while Filipe is portrayed by a young and dashing Jason Bourne).
*Probably not international waters… definitely still within the WSL’s jurisdiction