Longboards: gliding effortlessly through the waves | Photo: Dave Young/Creative Commons

The art of longboarding is timeless. You could easily say that longboard surfing is a state of mind. An idealized stage of mindfulness. It's the beginning and the end of wave riding.

If you look up the word in a surf dictionary, the result is not as exciting as feels. Longboarding. A board that is long, too long, or longer than a standard board. We were taught that bigger isn't necessarily better but, in this particular case, it might be.

Longboards are often called longboards only because shortboards appeared to take over during the infamous 1960s revolution. When surf planks became smaller, the original longboard era entered the pages of the surf history books.

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Maya Gabeira: she's back in Nazaré | Photo: Ricardo Bravo/Red Bull

Maya Gabeira says Nazaré "feels like home." The Brazilian charger who nearly lost her life in the Portuguese surf break is back in the Canyon to negotiate a new beginning.

Only a big wave surfer knows the feeling. And Gabeira is pretty much comfortable in a testosterone-fuelled outdoor activity. She loves surfing monster waves, and she will do it while she cans.

In 2013, Maya fell in love with Nazaré. Even after the near-drowning accident that took place on the 28th October. The ocean was powerful; maybe not furious or angry. The surfer from Rio de Janeiro knew she had to return to the fishing village.

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Azores: surfing capital of the Atlantic Ocean | Photo: Visit Azores

The Azores Islands will host the 2016 Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, between September 17th-24h.

The Portuguese archipelago located in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean has been chosen by the International Surfing Association (ISA) to host a competition that, in the past, crowned champions such as Matt Wilkinson, Stephanie Gilmore, Julian Wilson, Owen Wright, Jordy Smith, Sally Fitzgibbons, Alejo Muniz, Laura Enever, Filipe Toledo.

The 2016 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship will be run at Praia do Monte Verde, Ribeira Grande, in São Miguel. It is the first the competition is held in Europe since 2008.

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