By Le Figaro with AFP
Brazilian surfer Filipe Toledo has announced that he is taking a break for “mental health” reasons and to “concentrate for the Olympic Games” in Paris.
Brazilian surfer Filipe Toledo, reigning double world championannounced that he was withdrawing from the WSL circuit this year for reasons of “Mental Health”but he did not question his participation in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. “I’m going to take some time to rest and relax, to take care of my family, to take care of myself, and to concentrate for the Olympics”said the 28-year-old surfer in a series of Instagram stories on Sunday evening.
Only Brazilian to have won two consecutive world titles, in 2022 and 2023, “Filipino» made this announcement at the end of the first stop of the World League Surf (WSL) circuit season, in Hawaii, where he withdrew at the time of the repechage. Despite its withdrawal this year, Toledo will benefit from a wild card (invitation) from the WSL to return in 2025.
“I need rest”
“I have always been honest about my issues, both injury and mental health. Competing at the highest level for a decade has taken a toll on me, I need rest to recover before the next chapter of my career.”, he confided on Instagram. Another Brazilian surfing star, three-time world champion Gabriel Medina, also took a break from his career for mental health reasons in 2022.
The surfing events for the Paris Olympics will take place from July 27 to 30 on the Teahupo’o lagoon, in Tahiti, in French Polynesia. Brazil has been one of the leading surfing nations in recent years. In 2021, Italo Ferreira won the first gold medal in history among men in this discipline which made its entry into the Olympic program at the Tokyo Olympics.