Melling shows them the wave
SCORES of young surfers are shooting for the stars now that Le-ba boardriders favourite son Adam Melling has shown the way to the top.
Born and bred in Lennox Head, Melling set the club alight as he surfed through to the final at J-Bay and members are still on a high with their hero back in town.
Le-ba boardriders president Jonny Hewett believes his mate's success will have a flow on effect for more than 150 members.
“Adam has shown with his results that the sky is the limit,” Hewett said.
“What he has done shows that even if you come from a small local community you can make the big league.
“He is a great role model.”
Melling has been a Le-ba member since he was ‘knee high to a grasshopper' – a legacy passed on to him by his late father, Robbie.
“The family has been a big part of the club for more than 20 years now and it is fitting that Adam is the one who can encourage the kids to aim high,” Hewett said.
“They will all be pushing to another level now they have seen what is possible.”
While the club has been a force on the surfing scene for a long time, Melling's performance at J-Bay is the crowning glory – but his career is only young and Melling now has a golden chance to build a legacy of his own.