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What He Rode: Filipe Toledo

Sharp Eye's Marcio Zouvi breaks down Filipe Toledo's winning board from the U.S. Open

| posted on August 11, 2014
Filipe Toledo and his winning craft. Photo: Guilmette

Filipe Toledo and his winning craft. Photo: Guilmette

FILIPE TOLEDO
HEIGHT: 5’9″ (175.26 cm)
WEIGHT: 141 lbs (64 kg)

SHAPER: Marcio Zouvi (Sharp Eye Surfboards)
MODEL: Holy Toledo
LENGTH: 5’8″
WIDTH: 18.25″
NOSE WIDTH: 12.15″
TAIL WIDTH: 14.15″
THICKNESS: 2.25″
NOSE ROCKER: 4.5″
TAIL ROCKER: 2.21″
VOLUME: 23.5L
CONCAVE: Single
GLASSING: 4 oz bottom + 4 oz S deck + 4 oz deck patch

FINS: Medium FCS II Performer
HEIGHT: 4.55″ (115mm)
BASE: 4.37″ (111mm)
AREA: 14.81″² (9554mm²)
SWEEP: 33.7º
FOIL: Inside

Was Filipe riding this board for the majority of the event?
No, he started with a Disco Inferno on the smallest days than used the Game Changer on Round 3 and 4. He switched to his new model, the Holy Toledo, from there until the Final.

What are some important design elements needed for a board to work in small waves like that?
I think the correct volume, length, and rockers are the key elements to consider if you want an advantage in such weak waves.

How does this board compare to his standard high-performance shortboard?
This board has a flatter rocker but is not any wider or much thicker. Filipe is such a light and agile surfer that adding too much volume would hamper his speed and the quickness of his turns.

Filipe is known for being one of the best aerialists in the world. What design elements help him get airborne?
The rocker transition between his base is fairly flat. That seems to make a difference in helping him launch easier.

Are Filipe’s boards very unique compared to your other high-performance shortboards?
Nope. He is such an amazing surfer that he only needs a decent board to give everyone a good show.

Photo: Guilmette

Photo: Guilmette

Photo: Guilmette

Photo: Guilmette

Photo: Guilmette

Photo: Guilmette

  • David koche

    That new tattoo on his ankle is wild…..

    • David Smart

      that’s an ankle brace…

  • Fabiano Gaston

    Hi guys…

    so, If he surfed the final with ‘HOLY TOLEDO’ model why it’s got a ‘GAME CHANGER’ stamp on the bottom of his surfboard?

    Watching the highlights I confirmed that it’s the same board that he surfed in the final against Willian Cardoso!

    So what’s going on??? What board he truly surfed in the final? GAME CHANGER or HOLY???

    Thanks a lot.

    • Luke

      That’s a new model, he doesn’t have the logo yet, still only for team riders…

  • Fabiano Gaston

    Hi guys…

    so, If he surfed the final with ‘HOLY TOLEDO’ model why it’s got a ‘GAME CHANGER’ stamp on the bottom of his surfboard?

    Watching the highlights I confirmed that it’s the same board he surfed in the final against Willian Cardoso!

    So what’s going on??? What board he truly surfed in the final? GAME CHANGER or HOLY TOLEDO???

    • todprod

      Marcio says it’s the Holy Toledo, but they didn’t have the new logos ready yet, so they used the Game Changer logo.

      • Guest

        Todprod, who are you by the way?

      • Fabiano Gaston

        Oh, ok! I got it, tks.

  • Fabiano Gaston

    I see a GAME CHANGER stamp on it, not HOLY TOLEDO.

    • ARob

      Sarcasm: You’re right Fabiano! It’s a conspiracy to get us to buy the wrong board so we think we’ll surf like Toledo. Alas, we can’t, we’re on the wrong board!

      Reality: Marcio does this on occasion with new models. For example he shaped a few custom disco inferno’s with the old disco decal before making the new inferno decals.

      • Fabiano Gaston

        Sarcasm: ha, ha. very funny!

        Reality: if there’s no decal ready for the new model, why not just letting it without one?

        • stopit

          Reality: who cares.

          • Fabiano Gaston

            Reality: Well, It’s called false advertising, so the court cares.