My Time With Filipe

Photo: Corey Wilson

The Supporting Cast of Filipe Toledo’s new film Spinning At The Speed Of Now

Photo: Trevor Moran

Joe Pesci and Robert DeNiro in Goodfellas. Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey in The Wolf Of Wall Street. It’s no secret that a strong supporting cast can turn a good film great, so when it came to selecting Filipe Toledo’s costars in Spinning At The Speed Of Now, we weren’t just picking teams for kickball, here. This was more serious. We needed guys that could not only be sparring partners for Filipe, but also complement the vibe and diversity of cast. Americans, Brazilians and Aussies. Mentors, protégés and peers. They’re six in total, and they played their roles to perfection. Are you ready to meet them?

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Name: Victor Bernardo

Age: 18

From: Guarajá, Brazil

Stage: Lakey Peak, Indonesia

Why him? A fellow lightning bolt in the Brazilian Storm, Victor brought a combination of top-shelf surfing and raw teenage energy to the trip…and a new haircut.

Photo: Jimmicane

From the horse’s mouth: “I remember [SURFING’s] Jimmicane said that if I shaved my head, the whole crew would shave theirs, too. So then Filipe shaved my head and on the next day we were all shaving their heads. The surf? It was like what you dream about. Right and lefts, perfect ramps, only me, Filipe and Miguel in a couple of surfs. It was a trip to put on the books.”

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Name: Miguel Pupo

Age: 23

From: Itanhaem, Brazil

Stage: Lakey Peak, Indonesia

Why him? At just 23, Miggy was the “veteran” of the Indo trip, and reminded his junior compatriots that
style and rail work was as important as soaring.

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From the horse’s mouth: “Filipe is definitely the fastest guy in world today. If I had to describe him in one word it would be aggressive. He pushed me so much, but in a different way; he is fearless of getting hurt. Not because he is super strong, but just the way he thinks. The kid really believes he is going to make everything off every section. If you think like that, there is a big chance you’ll make it.”

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Name: Damien Hobgood

Age: 36

From: Satellite Beach, Florida

Stage: Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Why him? Because he’s the complete package in the water and, when it comes to surf trips, you can never go wrong with a Hobgood.

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From the horse’s mouth: “The waves in Panama were fast and punchy, kinda like Filipe. He is a competitor, but also very humble and respectful, which is what drew me to him. He’s always had the airs, but his rail game is what is really catching everyone’s eye nowadays. Mainly because he has taken over as the fastest surfer in the world. When he goes through a carve with that much speed it makes you go, ‘What just happened?’ Hopefully with this movie you’ll be able to slo-mo it and find out.”

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Name: Josh Kerr

Age: 31

From: Tweed Heads, Australia

Stage: Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Why him? Because Josh is kinda like Peter Pan, he likes to fly and doesn’t wanna grow up. So we thought he’d pair well with Filipe.

Photo: Trevor Moran

From the horse’s mouth: “Filipe is doing some of the most innovative surfing in the world right now. I was tripping on his airs, how he uncorks the rotation so quick and lands full rotation 95 percent of the time. It’s inspired me to really work on faster rotations and throwing airs on dumpy sections, out into the flats…but at 31, it’s not the best on my body!”

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Name: Carlos Muñoz

Age: 22

From: Estilleros, Costa Rica

Stage: Costa Rica

Why him? Between his stunning make-ratio, local knowledge and cultivation of all-over Pura Vida vibes, Carlos fit with Filipe like gallo pinto’s rice and beans.

From the horse’s mouth: “Filipe is a little monster! He can make any wave look good. I love surfing with people with such amazing talent. I tried to copy him but it’s a little hard. There is going to be so much great surfing in this movie, and Pura Vida vibes all over!”

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Name: Stevie Pittman

Age: 15

From: Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

Stage: Costa Rica

Why him? Because what better to motivate the best small wave surfer in the world than a young American nipping at his heels?

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From the horse’s mouth: “That wedge that we surfed was so sick, super fun the whole time. I’m already excited to go back. Besides Filipe’s surfing, one thing I’ll remember for a long time is when we were all sitting outside the hotel one night and lightning struck a pole like 10 feet away from us. Everything went completely white and the ground shook. It was so scary!”

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