Filipe Toledo suspended from OK Fiji Pro
The WSL today announced that CT surfer Filipe Toledo has been fined and suspended from competition following an incident at the Oi Rio Pro.
After having a paddling interference called against him Toledo was penalised half of his second scoring wave. Toledo surfed out the heat - which, incidentally, he still would've lost even without the interference - he then attempted to storm the judges tower.
The incident has been reviewed by the WSL Rules and Disciplinary Committee with full cooperation from Toledo:
"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."
The suspension will conclude following the OK Fiji Pro:
"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."