Toledo's temper gets the best of him at Oi Rio Pro
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 May, 2017 - Filipe Toledo has been suspended from competing in the next WSL event after contesting an interference call. In Round Three of the Oi Rio Pro Filipe Toledo bumped rails with Kanoa Igarashi. Kanoa stood up first and set his rail to go left while Toledo tried to go right. The WSL judges called an interference on Toledo which cut his best scoring wave point total in half. The Brazilian surfer then proceeded to the judges tower to complain, loudly, about the decision.
Various media reports say Toledo “stormed the judges tower” and this action is what led the WSL to the rare disciplinary action of suspending him from Fiji.
“The WSL today announced that CT surfer Filipe Toledo has been fined and suspended from competition following an incident at the Oi Rio Pro,” the WSL said in a press release. “The incident, which occurred after his Round 3 elimination, has been reviewed by the WSL Rules and Disciplinary Committee with full cooperation from Toledo.
The WSL said the suspension is for only the Fiji event and that Toledo will be allowed to compete once the Jeffreys Bay event comes around.
“It's disappointing when we have to pass disciplinary action for any of our surfers, but that behavior is not acceptable for the sport.” said WSL Deputy Commissioner Renato Hickel. “Filipe knows this and we look forward to seeing his talent back on tour very soon."
Filipe issued an apology to the press accepting that his actions were not professional.
"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."