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Filipe Toledo Demonstrates The Snapper Flow

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Filipe Toledo Demonstrates The Snapper Flow

Filipe spreads across Snapper like Nutella on crepes. His surfing is a smooth, tasteful blend with the occasional sprinkling of powdered sugar. To succeed on the Goldy you have to flow, especially in conditions on par with yesterday. As perfect as the wave appears, it's tricky, with dead spots and small pockets for speed. Local knowledge and Kelly Slater usually reign supreme (the gent's won the event nine times), but Filipe's surfing is tailored to it. Last year he was looked unbeatable at the famed Superbank until an injury in the semis sidelined him for the remainder of the Australian leg. The year before he won the event. And yesterday, he barely lost out to rookie, Frederico Morais and will surf against another CT greenhorn, Zeke Lau in the pending round two elimination.