FNC trio eliminated at Hawaii
LENNOX Head surfers Stu Kennedy and Adam Melling have finished the season on the World Surf League in Hawaii.
Both were eliminated in the second round of the Billabong Pipe Masters in low-scoring heats yesterday.
Kennedy was new to the tour this year and showed plenty of promise at stages throughout the season earning a spot for next year
Meanwhile, Melling was hoping for a big performance at Hawaii in order to re-qualify.
Elsewhere, French surfer Jeremy Flores found the wave of the day and was rewarded with an excellent 9.17 (out of 10) in third round against Byron Bay's Matt Wilkinson.
Wilkinson was also eliminated after a breakout season which saw him start the year with back-to-back wins at the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold and Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Victoria.
He also finished runner-up in Fiji and lead the rankings for the first part of the year.
"Career-wise, this year has been the best year of my life,” Wilkinson said.
"To have the lead for such a long time was a pretty crazy experience.
"It was great for me to feel like I could really fight for a world title and before this year I did not think I had it in me.
"Now, I feel like I've had a lot of missed opportunities in the back-half of this year and I could have been fighting for a title.
"I am stoked with how the year has gone. I obviously would have wanted to do better here, but I am stoked going into the off-season.
"I plan to come into next year knowing what I want and what I am going to fight for.”
Former Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright won five events and her first world title this year.