The Brazilian surfer proved he is a solid performer in American waters. Toledo opened his show with a huge air rotation for a near-perfect 9.67. Aritz Aranburu had to settle with a second place.
"I've been training a lot, but just surfing, not anything else out of the water. It feels good to be back home here with my family and my friends. I just got some new boards, my boards are flying so I feel really confident and really excited about this competition, and I hope to make it to the final again," said Toledo.
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Filipe Toledo, the defending champion, used his dangerous air game to secure two excellent scores and earn the highest heat total of the contest so far, an 18.20.
"I'm really confident and my board is really good. This is actually the exact board I rode at Snapper at the start of the year. I'm feeling confident to the point that I don't need a leash. Actually, I don't train for the airs, it's natural - I just watch a lot of movies," revealed Toledo.
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