Toledo Pushes Through Back Pain, Brings World Title Decision to Hawaii

Toledo Pushes Through Back Pain, Brings World Title Decision to Hawaii
Filipe Toledo of Brazil advances to the quarter finals of the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal after winning Heat 3 of Round 4 at Supertubos on October 20, 2019 in Peniche, Portugal. (Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL via Getty Images)

World No. 2 Filipe Toledo (BRA) posted another major performance despite openly discussing recurring back pains and by advancing into the Quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, forcing the men’s World Title decision to the last stop on tour, the Billabong Pipe Masters, in Hawaii this December. The Brasilian dismantled a little right with turns and then went to his aerial repertoire to seal the deal on a Quarterfinal berth.

“I’m watching all the heats and it’s showing the title scenarios so of course, I’m aware of the situation,” said Toledo. “My back still hurts sometimes and I just give everything I have out there, and try to be strategic if I’m not 100%. I actually felt pretty loose and confident out there today, it’s probably the first time since the event started. I’m happy to push the title to Hawaii, I feel like it’s going to make things more interesting for everyone and also give me a little more time to recover.”

Stay tuned for the latest from the Rip Curl Pro Portugal

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Filipe Toledo of Brazil surfing in the bonus round of the 2019 Freshwater Pro on September 21, 2019 in Lemoore, CA, United States. (Photo by Cait Miers/WSL via Getty Images)

Source: World Surf League

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