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Images from the 2017 Corona Open J Bay

13 Questions with Filipe

Jul 312017

We recently caught up with Filipe Toledo—hot off a victory at J-Bay and just before he’s set to take the waves of Huntington at the Vans U.S. Open. This young surfer has had a killer year. The last stop of the World Surf League Championship Tour stands as the definite highlight—with those perfect 10s and that back-to-back alley oop! But Filipe’s success comes as no surprise; surfing runs deep in the Toledo blood.

So, we had to ask what’s got him stoked this year, and maybe steal a surfing secret or two while we’re at it. Be sure not to miss out on the Vans U.S. Open this week, and see if the reigning champ snags a third victory. Thanks Filipe for the chat, and good luck!


Where’s been your favorite place to surf this year?

Definitely J-Bay. It’s perfect.

You scored a perfect ten early on at J-Bay, do you think that gave you the confidence to push you to win the whole event

For sure, that perfect 10 gave me so much confidence and I felt so comfortable as well!

You’re known as one of the best small wave surfers, now, where are the best small waves to surf?


Do you have any pre-competition rituals?

Yes, I always pray before my heats!

What are some of your interests/hobbies outside of surf?

I love to play soccer and skateboarding.

What’s your favorite song to hype you up?

Various rap music.

Favorite film?

Spinning at the Speed of Now

Surfing seems to be a Toledo family affair, when are you going to get your daughter on a board?

Yes, so blessed to grow up in a 100% surf family, and very soon my daughter will catch her first wave!

Who’s your surfing inspiration right now?

Mick Fanning

What does your perfect wave look like?

JBay 6-8ft barrels on the inside

What’s the craziest wave you’ve ever surfed?

The Box in Australia

Worst wipeout?

Waimea Hawaii

Who are you looking forward to competing against?

That is a hard question to answer…all the surfers are really good, so anyone that I compete against will be hard and really fun!