World surf champion Toledo to take year off competition

Brazil's reigning surfing world champion Filipe Toledo has announced he is taking a one-year mental health break from competition.

The 28-year-old, who won the World Surf League championship in 2022 and 2023, joins fellow big names in Australia's Stephanie Gilmore and Hawaiian Carissa Moore in taking the year off.

Toledo competed in the opening contest in Hawaii, but withdrew from the Pipe Pro after just two waves in the opening heat, citing food poisoning.

However, some critics linked the aerial specialist's absence to his dislike of big, barrelling waves.

With the second stop at nearby Sunset Beach getting under way this week, Toledo says he needs some time out.

The first Brazilian surfer to claim back-to-back world titles, Toledo has won 17 titles on the Championship Tour since joining in 2013 at the age of 17.

"In the past, I have been honest about some of my challenges not only with injuries but also with mental health," the Brazilian said in a statement.

"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.

“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 hope my fans around the world understand this decision and will stick with me when I return to the tour next year."

Granted a wildcard to compete in the World Surf League's 2025 season, Toledo has already qualified for the Brazilian team for the Paris Olympics, although he didn't address whether he planned to compete.

Morocco's Ramzi Boukhiam, who upset Australia's defending champion Jack Robinson at the Pipe Pro, will take Toledo's place in the Championship Tour field.

License this article

What is AAPNews?

For the first time, Australian Associated Press is delivering news straight to the consumer.

No ads. No spin. News straight-up.

Not only do you get to enjoy high-quality news delivered straight to your desktop or device, you do so in the knowledge you are supporting media diversity in Australia.

AAP Is Australia’s only independent newswire service, free from political and commercial influence, producing fact-based public interest journalism across a range of topics including politics, courts, sport, finance and entertainment.

What is AAPNews?
The Morning Wire

Wake up to AAPNews’ morning news bulletin delivered straight to your inbox or mobile device, bringing you up to speed with all that has happened overnight at home and abroad, as well as setting you up what the day has in store.

AAPNews Morning Wire
AAPNews Breaking News
Breaking News

Be the first to know when major breaking news happens.

Notifications will be sent to your device whenever a big story breaks, ensuring you are never in the dark when the talking points happen.

Focused Content

Enjoy the best of AAP’s specialised Topics in Focus. AAP has reporters dedicated to bringing you hard news and feature content across a range of specialised topics including Environment, Agriculture, Future Economies, Arts and Refugee Issues.

AAPNews Focussed Content
Subscription Plans

Choose the plan that best fits your needs. AAPNews offers two basic subscriptions, all billed monthly.

Once you sign up, you will have seven days to test out the service before being billed.

AAPNews Full Access Plan
Full Access
  • Enjoy all that AAPNews has to offer
  • Access to breaking news notifications and bulletins
  • Includes access to all AAPNews’ specialised topics
Join Now
AAPNews Student Access Plan
Student Access
  • Gain access via a verified student email account
  • Enjoy all the benefits of the ‘Full Access’ plan at a reduced rate
  • Subscription renews each month
Join Now
AAPNews Annual Access Plan
Annual Access
  • All the benefits of the 'Full Access' subscription at a discounted rate
  • Subscription automatically renews after 12 months
Join Now

AAPNews also offers enterprise deals for businesses so you can provide an AAPNews account for your team, organisation or customers. Click here to contact AAP to sign-up your business today.

Download the app
Download AAPNews on the App StoreDownload AAPNews on the Google Play Store