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Top Longboarders Head Back to Gaia, Portugal

The Longboard Qualifying Series is a quick one, as there are only about 10 events worldwide through which the world's best longboarders can work toward a chance at even competing for a World Title. So each event is important for everyone and surfers often travel huge distances for a chance to wear the WSL jersey.

Surfiel Gil (ARG). Gaia 2016 The definition of a perfect longboard wave. WSL / Laurent Masurel

In Europe, surfers have three opportunities during their season to build their regional ranking, in which they try to qualify for the World Longboard Championship and secure the highly coveted European Title.

The season started last month in Caparica, and is about to head to Stop No. 2: the Longboard Pro Gaia, Portugal. This event will unfold from June 9-11 and once again welcomes surfers from all corners of the globe.

Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) and Alice Lemoigne (REU) .Caparica 2017 Lemoigne and Sphaier, winners of the inaugural event of 2017. WSL / Laurent Masurel

Among the pros flocking to Gaia, a few names on the entry list pop out: two former World Champions, Lindsay Steinriede and Rachael Tilly, the current leader in the Women's European title race, Alice Lemoigne, as well as the winner in Caparica, Rodrigo Sphaier.

Last year's conditions brought awesome longboarding waves, long waist-high lefts with perfect noseriding sections and the spectacle was incredible, so let's hope mother nature delivers once again next week.

Highlights: Champions Crowned in Gaia
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Antoine Delpero & Chloe Calmon take out the inaugural Longboard Pro Gaia in great conditions on final day of competition.

Catch all the results, photos, videos and updates on the event site.

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