Surfing is a predominantly individual sport, but collective unity will be fundamental in February 2024, when Filipe Toledo, João Chianca and Gabriel Medina compete at the ISA Surfing Games in Puerto Rico. Filipe and Chumbinho have already secured their places for the Paris 2024 Olympics, while Medina continues to seek qualification for the Games.
For Medina to qualify, Brazil needs to become champion in the team competition at the event organized by the International Surfing Association (ISA). Thus, the positive performance of the three athletes becomes crucial to achieving this goal. Filipinho is determined to help his compatriot guarantee his presence at the Games.
In an interview, the two-time world champion expressed his desire to have his friend on the stage of the biggest sporting event in the world, aiming for an all-Brazilian podium. “Right now, it’s not just about me. With another place for Brazil, our chances of winning medals increase, and why not dream of a 100% green-yellow podium? Without a doubt, I will do my best at the ISA to we guarantee this place for Gabriel (Medina). It would be incredible to have him there too”, said Filipinho, who triumphed at the WSL Finals in Trestles, last week, winning his second world surfing title.
The World Surfing Tour (WSL) allocated ten Olympic places for Paris-2024 in the men’s category, with a limit of two athletes per country. Filipe Toledo qualified because he was last season’s champion, while João Chianca won his place by placing fourth in the ranking. Three-time world champion Gabriel Medina finished in sixth place and, not reaching the Finals, lost his place on the circuit. Now, their last opportunity will be at the 2024 ISA Surfing Games, which will offer an additional place to the winning country in the team competition. In total, 24 athletes will compete in the men’s surfing category at the Paris 2024 Games.