At just 18 years of age, Filipe Toledo is part of a new generation of young, talented Brazilian surfers. He first came to the attention of the surfing world In August 2011 at the Nike US Open of Surfing, arguably the largest and most competitive juniors competition of them all, where he claimed victory in a star-studded finals that also featured superstars John John Florence and Kolohe Andino. Filipe continued to impress in 2012, stealing the show at the Billabong Pro Juniors event at Burleigh Heads by launching inverted maneuvers and defeating contest favourites. He went on to drop two perfect tens within the span of a week on two different continents and then put in a standout performance at the 2012 Rip Curl Gromsearch event at Bells Beach, finishing second behind Dylan Lightfoot. Born on 16th April 1995, Filipe grew up surfing at Red Beach near his home town of Ubatuba, near the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. He was taught his skills on the board by his father Ricardo, an ex-pro surfer who has been there every step of the way to guide his son’s personal and athletic development. Filipe’s progressive surfing repertoire, featuring his favourite airs and turns, is now firmly established on the world stage, and he has cemented his burgeoning reputation on the ASP World Championship Tour in 2013. After solid results all year, including quarter-final appearances at Bells Beach and Rio, he currently lies 17th in the overall rankings.
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