The World Surf League has suspended Filipe Toledo (BRA) from competing in the upcoming Outer Known Fiji Pro as a result of his actions in the Oi Rio Pro when he attempted to storm the judges’ tower after a Round-Three interference call.
The debated interference call happened in Toledo’s heat against Kanoa Igarashi in Round Three when neither surfers have yet established priority. Both Filipe and Kanoa paddle-battled for a peak and they both popped up and got to their feet on the left but the WSL judges decided that Toledo hindered Igarashi’s takeoff and gave him a non-priority interference call.
Here’s a replay of their round three battle:
The WSL Rules and Disciplinary Committee evaluated Toledo’s actions and decided to suspended him from competition along with an undisclosed penalty fine.
Toledo accepted the disciplinary action and he made a statement in the WSL 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.”
On Behalf of the WSL, Renato Hickel, Deputy Commissioner also released his statement in the said press release:
“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.”
The suspension will be lifted after the Outer Known Fiji Pro. Toledo, who currently ranks No. 6 will suffer the effect of the suspension to his World Title campaign.
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