Australian Adam Melling has won the Vans World Cup of Surfing, taking home $40,000 and re-qualifying himself for his spot on the ASP World Tour for 2013.
Read below for the ASP press release:
Australian Adam Melling, from Lennox Head NSW, has won the US$250,000 VANS World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, Hawaii – exactly what he needed to retain a position on the ASP World Tour for 2013. Melling, 27, won US$40,000 and moved to equal second on the VANS Triple Crown series ratings.
Melling found himself in the final against Sebastien Zietz (Kauai) – the recent winner of the REEF Hawaiian Pro (the first stop of the $1million Vans Triple Crown of Surfing); Brazilian wunderkind Gabriel Medina; and fellow Australian Adrian “Ace” Buchan (Central Coast, NSW). He was up against the wall, knowing he needed a win or a second to get the points he needed to requalify.
Zietz ran away with an early lead after a 7.67 tube ride. Melling was afraid he had peaked too soon, surfing “the perfect heat” in the quarterfinals that earned him the highest score of the entire competition: 18.4 points out of 20 (9.4 & 9.0 wave scores)…..(read more)