In an emotional message shared on his social media accounts, Filipe Toledo announced his withdrawal from the remainder of the 2024 Championship Tour season.
The decision, as Toledo expressed, was not an easy one and followed days of discussions with those closest to him.
Toledo acknowledged the support of the World Surf League (WSL), expressing gratitude for being granted a wildcard for the start of the 2025 season.
Despite the challenges and difficult decisions, he remains committed to returning to the competitive scene better than ever.
The two-time world champion opened up about the toll that a decade of competing at the highest level has taken on both his physical and mental well-being.
Toledo has been candid about his struggles, not only with injuries but also with mental health, emphasizing the need for a break to recover and prepare for the next chapter of his 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," Toledo shared in his message.
"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."
He Will Be Back
The decision to step back from the 2024 Championship Tour reflects Toledo's self-awareness and dedication to his overall well-being.
The Brazilian expects that the break will allow him to heal physically and rejuvenate mentally, ensuring that he returns to the competitive scene with the vigor and enthusiasm that have made him a fan favorite.
Lastly, Toledo expressed his passion for the sport and his intention to use this time off to fully recover, emphasizing that he aims to come back stronger than ever.
He thanked his family, friends, sponsors, and the WSL for their support and loyalty throughout his career.
"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!" Toledo concluded, expressing his gratitude and respect for those who have been part of his journey.
As Filipe Toledo takes a break from the 2024 Championship Tour, it is not yet clear whether he'll compete for Olympic medals in Teahupoo, Tahiti.
Withdrawal After Hate
The decision to step away from the 2024 professional surfing season comes a week after Filipe's withdrawal from the Pipe Pro.
The reigning world champion's move ignited an unprecedented wave of hate, mockery, and public humiliation from public humiliation from anonymous internet surfers, surf media, and surfing court jesters.
Despite citing illness, the Brazilian's words were interpreted as fear of surfing by a few and soon followed by the remaining online mob.
At the time, despite the uncontrollable chain reaction of loathing and shame, there were nearly no public messages of solidarity from fellow competitors and notable surfers.
However, after the decision to put his career on pause was taken, many previously silent athletes praised Toledo's courage, self-care, and dignity.
In a month, the WSL's Championship Tour lost three world champions from three different countries: Stephanie Gilmore, Carissa Moore, and Filipe Toledo.
Coincidence, correlation, or causation?