The unstoppable Brazilian, who grew up outside Ubatuba on the northeastern coast of the state of São Paulo but is now based in San Clemente, California, won his second straight world title in 2023, establishing himself as the surfer to beat. His success mirrors that of John John Florence’s back-to-back successes in 2016 and 2017. Toledo's intense match-up against Australia’s Ethan Ewing was arguably the highlight of the season, when Ewing’s power moves met Toledo's finesse. In the end Toledo’s near-perfect 9.00 clinched the title.

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