Lennox surfer beats world champion in international comp
LENNOX Head surfers Adam Melling and Owen Wright have had mixed fortunes on the World Championship Tour this year.
Melling has had a week to remember at the Hurley Pro in California.
In a day of upsets the 28-year-old Lennox-Ballina Board-riders member beat reigning world champion Joel Parkinson in the third round of the competition.
Wright, meanwhile, has been forced to withdraw from the remaining events with a back injury.
He was advised by a medical team not to resume competition and focus on being back for the first WCT event on the Gold Coast in 2014.
The injury occurred at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event in April. Since then he has worked on a possible return to the WCT this season.
For Melling, wave choice was the key and he registered the heat's highest wave score of 8.5 (out of a possible 10), finishing with a 14.67 (out of a possible 20) while Parkinson was forced to settle for a 10.06
It was an important heat for Melling to win to help secure his requalification on the tour in 2014.
"I waited for about 10 min- utes and Joel got one straight up," Melling said.
"I wanted to have his strategy, but I knew there were better waves than the one he got so I waited and it paid off.
"Coming up against Joel you can get rattled because he's the world champ, but I just took it as a boardriders competition and had a bit of fun with it.
Melling came up against a red-hot Julian Wilson in the fourth round.
Wilson registered a 19.07 while Melling finished ahead of South African Travis Logie in the three-man heat.
Melling was scheduled to take on fellow Australian Josh Kerr in the fifth round of the competition early this morning
The Hurley Pro is the seventh of 10 events on the 2013 Tour.
It finishes with the iconic Pipeline Pro in Hawaii in December with other events in France and Portugal beforehand.