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Felipe Toledo during the 2016 Vans US Open in Huntington Beach, California
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Filipe Toledo Wins 2016 Vans US Open

Jul 312016

 At this point, they might as well start calling it the Vans US Open of Surfing In Loving Memory of Anyone Filipe Toledo Surfs Against. A long name? Sure. But appropriate considering that for the past three years Filipe has made the final series of Huntington Beach’s QS 10,000, and won it twice. The 21-year-old Monster team rider’s small wave game is simply without holes. Throughout the event his competitors were letting him catch crumbly, 2-foot closeouts under their priority and he just kept fitting in full-rotation airs and big carves on waves better suited for beginners on foam boards than adult surf competitions. And while his win over Ethan Ewing in the final was unsurprising, it didn’t make the trip to the podium — and the $100,000 check — any less sweet. “This is the best feeling in the world,” he said during his post-heat interview. “Now I just can’t wait to get to Tahiti and charge some big barrels.” Congrats, Filipe! We’ll see you at Teahupo’o!

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