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Filipe Toledo has withdrawn from the World Surf League’s 2024 Championship Tour.
In an announcement on Sunday, February 11th, the two-time, reigning world champion announced the move, citing “mental health” as a primary cause.
The news comes just days after Toledo withdrew from the kickoff event of the 2024 season, the Lexus Pipe Pro, after a poor showing at sizable Pipeline, which sparked a social media fusillade of commentary on the Brazilian’s reticence in big surf.
Per Instagram and a press release from the WSL, Toledo issued the following statement:
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce today that I am withdrawing for the remainder of the 2024 Championship Tour season. This decision has been so hard for me to make, and it comes after days of discussion with those closest to me. The WSL has been very supportive, and I am very grateful that they have granted me the wildcard for the start of the 2025 season. I am committed to coming back better than ever.
“In the past, I have been honest about some of my challenges not only with injuries, but also with mental health. Competing at the highest level for the past decade has taken a toll on me, and I need a break to recover for the next chapter of my career.
“The platform of the CT has given me everything - it is a dream life that has allowed me to support my family in ways I could never imagine and have incredible experiences. I love this. I live for this. I have so much respect for my fellow competitors, both the men and the women on tour. You guys are amazing.
“I have so much passion for the sport, but I need some time off to fully recover so I can come back stronger than ever. I appreciate the support and loyalty of my family, friends, sponsors, and the WSL. I hope my fans around the world understand this decision and will stick with me when I return to the tour next year. I wish my fellow competitors a great CT season ahead. I will be watching!”
He will be replaced by Morocco’s Ramzi Boukhiam for the remainder of the 2024 season; he will also be granted a wildcard for the 2025 season; no word on whether or not he will maintain his spot representing Brazil in the Paris 2024 Olympics at Teahupo’o, Tahiti.
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