Using Biomechanics and Physics to Analyze Exactly How Far Filipe Toledo Traveled During His Monstrous Rio Air

Using Biomechanics and Physics to Analyze Exactly How Far Filipe Toledo Traveled During His Monstrous Rio Air

Taking that into account, his overall fall distance was in the range of 10 to 11 feet, which is equal to the height of an official NBA basketball rim (10 feet).  Hopefully, it goes without saying but that is not a reasonable distance to fall.

To get these distances, the video was analyzed by comparing objects of known dimensions, like Filipe’s height and the length of his board, to objects of unknown dimensions, like the height and distance he traveled.

It was also about 50 percent greater than the distance traveled by JJF during his Bells aerial, which was closer to 20 feet.

It’s worth noting that recreational stunt divers routinely reach speeds of 60 mph — nearly three times Filipe’s speed on this wave.

That speed combined with his launch angle enabled Toledo to fly about five to six feet above the lip of the wave.

Most of us would be mangled by a mishap in these circumstances.  Here’s some context: studies on the survivability of falls into water (i. e. from bridges, usually with lethal intent) suggest speeds near 80 mph are the upper limit.

As Filipe lands, his right knee is at the extreme limit of flexion, twisted a bit, and supporting much of his body weight before he springs back into a standing position.

Overall, what stood out to me the most about this aerial was the distance he’d traveled, appearing to stay suspended in the air forever.

Guys like Filipe Toledo make gnarly falls look trivial but that’s because they know how to fall.

I couldn’t help but try and add some objectivity to this feat, so I did some rough analysis using photogrammetry and projectile motion calculations and came up with some quantities and comparisons.

Read more here: The Inertia

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