It was the Toledo show once again yesterday on the Gold Coast. The bounciest, most spring-loaded surfer in the world recorded his first ever event win on the world tour, beating Julian Wilson in the final by 19.60 to 14.70. The Roxy Pro was won by last year’s world no. 3 Carissa Moore, who beat defending world champ Steph Gilmore in the final.
Is Toledo the best small-wave surfer on tour? It would certainly seem that way. The young Brazilian was the standout throughout the event, and though conditions were slightly bigger than the day before, the clean, fun-sized walls wrapping round the point yesterday still looked as though they’d been tailor-made for Filipe’s high-energy, fleet-footed brand of progressive surfing.
After losing his Round 1 heat, which was so long ago now it almost seems like a different event, Toledo never once posted a sub-16 heat score. Yesterday he took down a rejuvenated Bede Durbridge in a tight quarter-final clash before easing past Adriano de Souza in the semis. Julian Wilson, who appears to have carried over his fine form from the end of last year into the new season, was one of four Australians left in the draw at the start of the day, the other four places all occupied by Brazilians. He lucked into what was arguably the wave of the day — Toledo’s 10 in the final notwithstanding — on his way to victory against compatriot Taj Burrow in the quarters, before getting the best of Miguel Pupo in his semi-final heat.
But with Cyclone Marcia now a distant memory, there was only one storm in town, and even Julian’s defences couldn’t hold out against the miniature hurricane spinning rapidly through the Snapper Rocks line-up.
More from the Quik Pro Gold Coast:
And here are some highlights from yesterday!
Full results and highlights from yesterday can be found here.