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Filipe Toledo Apologizes to Fans Following Oi Rio Pro Incident

Editor's note: The following are excerpts from an announcement that has just been released from the WSL communications department in the wake of an incident involving Filipe Toledo at the Oi Rio Pro. Toledo was understandably upset after being called for an interference at the start of his Round Three heat, and violated WSL rules by attempting to storm the judges tower.

Toledo's Interference
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One of the event favorites suffers a costly loss after getting tagged for an interference call in Round Three.

Unfortunately for Toledo, the penalties for that kind of violation are clear, and officials have little wiggle room. Toledo has been fined and suspended, and will not be allowed to compete in Fiji. While both sides are obviously disappointed by this turn of events, the WSL is grateful that Toledo has offered his apologies to fans, sponsors and the WSL.

From the Press Release:
"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.

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. -- Filipe Toledo

"Filipe is a really good kid and an incredible surfer," said Renato Hickel, WSL Deputy Commissioner. "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."

Filipe Toledo during Round 1 of the JBay Open. Toledo will be back in action at the Corona Open J-Bay. WSL / Kirstin Scholtz
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