LENNOX Head's Adam Melling looked set to carve through competition at the Hurley Pro at Trestles, California, but he's been outclassed by Filipe Toledo in Round 2.
Melling's Heat 11 performance on Tuesday against the Brazilian looked set to stun, as our local boardrider went all-out almost immediately in the 1.2 to 1.8 metre surf. Dropping into a giant wave, Melling carved through effortlessly to earn a 9.17, before gaining momentum off a heavy lefthander for huge air, landing on the lip and riding into another vertical hack for a 9.83 lead.
As time ticked over, Toledo proved his recent move to San Clemente was paying dividends.
Melling surfed well, but the Brazilian's dominance was evident.
Towards the end of the contest, Toledo pulled off a casual air reverse to finish at 15.93 - inching out Melling on 15.40.
When the dust settled, Toledo admitted he had to pull something pretty spectacular out of the bag to surpass Melling.
"I saw (Melling) doing a couple of big turns so I knew he had a huge score, so I knew I had to do something crazy," he said.
"I know the wind is really good for airs so when the first left came I just went for the punch."
Meanwhile, Tweed Head's Josh Kerr managed 10.43 against Spain's Aritz Aranburu, who returned to the beach with a 10.07.
Joel 'Parko' Parkinson, also from Tweed, faces off against Aranburu in Round 3, Heat 12.
Stephanie Gilmore, originally from Murwillumbah, faces Laura Enever from Sydney in a Swatch Women's Pro Trestles quarter-final match-up.
A full day of competition was expected today.