Chloe Calmon (BRA) has won the inaugural Longboard Pro Gaia in excellent three foot surf at praia de Canide Norte. Chloe Calmon (BRA), 21, dominated the women’s field on finals day with an impressive performance over Victoria Vergara (FRA), 22, in the final. The young Brazilian out surfed her opponents in Portugal and belts her second LQS title of the season.
“I was excited to come to Europe and get more experience and practice, I learned a lot in France and the waves here were really fun, we got lefts everywhere so as a goofy footer I couldn’t be happier,” she reflected. “I was a little bit nervous before that final but I got a couple good score and calmed down a bit. Now I just feel like home, that win was the last detail missing to make my first stay in Portugal very special.”
“I have to go home now to finish filming some trips for my television series on longboarding, but if I have time I might come back to Europe for the next event in Spain,” she added.
Chloe on her way to victory at Gaia 2016. Photo WSL/Masurel
Vergara with her runner-up result today and a previous 3rd place in France overtakes compatriot Lemoigne in the regional title race halfway through the season. The young Reunion Island surfer couldn’t unfortunately match Calmon’s graceful and timely approach to the clean waves on offer and despite her excellent surfing was forced to settle for second place.
“Slow heats are definitely a flaw in my competition approach and I’ll get to work on that, I get nervous when I finally have a wave and don’t surf it the way I should,” she analyzed. “Chloe chose the better waves so congrats to her, that’s the first time I get comboed so I’ll go home knowing I still have some areas to work on. I’m focused on the European title and getting my ticket for China back so today’s a great result and I look forward to the next event.”
Results today consolidated the European longboard qualifying series rankings as follows, full rankings can be found at worldsurfleague.com.
Victoria Vergara (FRA) .Gaia 2016. Photo WSL/Masurel
Women’s European Longboard QS Rankings:
1- Victoria Vergara (FRA)
2- Alice Lemoigne (REU)
3- Kathleen Barrigao (PRT)
3- Carole Lormant (FRA)
5- Francesca Rubegni (ITA)
Halfway through the 2016 longboarding season with two events now completed, surfers will next meet at the Longboard Pro A Coruña early July in Galicia.
The Longboard Pro Gaia is scheduled from June 10-12, 2016 at Praia de Gaia, Gaia – Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.
The Longboard Pro Gaia is organized by Portugal Ativo Club with the support of Câmara Municipal de Gaia, Águas de Gaia, Turismo do Porto e Norte and sponsored by Douro Gaz, Liberty, Pagaqui, Novotel, Superbock, Junta de Freguesia de Canidelo, Douro Marina, SupDouro, Nelo, Pena Park Aventura, Cespu with media partners Porto Canal, FuelTV, Rádio Nova Era – Rádio oficial, SurfPortugal, Surftotal and Onfire among others.
WOMEN’S LONGBOARD PRO GAIA FINAL RESULTS:
WOMEN’S LONGBOARD PRO GAIA SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Chloe Calmon (BRA) 18.57 def. Carole Lormant (FRA) 10.50
SF 2: Victoria Vergara (FRA) 12.84 def. Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN) 7.17