We caught up with Filipe Toledo, Stance Punk & Poet, on life, his favorite wave, and how he keeps it simple.

Question: What is your favorite travel destination?

The Maldives. It was my first surf trip to the Maldives last year, and I brought my family with me, and it was such a cool family surf trip because at the same time, I could surf and also have a really great time with my family. It was just so perfect for the baby and my wife, for me to surf, and for all of us to relax.

Question: What is your favorite wave?

Lower Trestles, because it’s only a five-minute drive from where I live. It’s a really high-performance wave, and I can pretty much do all kinds of maneuvers in the wave. It's great training for me.

Question: If you weren't a professional surfer, what would you be doing with your life?

Growing up in Brazil, I would probably want to be a professional soccer player. That’s the first thing, and if I was here in America already, I would try to go to a really good university. Or maybe skateboarding; I like skateboarding a lot.

Question: If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

My wife! Dead or alive, it would be her.

Filipe Toledo White Wall

"In surfing and in my daily routine, I like to keep it simple, and keep it real."

Question: What's your favorite tattoo?

It would have to be the one on my chest. It’s a lion. It's from the trophy from J-Bay, the contest that I won. J-Bay was a really historical event, because of the waves, and because of the waves that I surfed. Really good waves. The double alley-oop that I did was probably one of the most insane waves that I've surfed, actually.

Question: Tupac of Biggie

It's gotta be Tupac

Question: How do you uncover the uncommon?

In surfing and in my daily routine, I like to keep it simple, and keep it real. I don’t want to do something to show people that I’m this or I’m that. Especially these days, with all these social media, Instagram and everything, I just want be real. Not those people that you see on Instagram and think “Oh that’s sick!” and then you see them in real life and think “What the hell?” They are fake. I want to be the same guy on social media that I am in real life, so people will say “Its true, its him and he is the same guy.” I just want to keep it simple.

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