Watch out for Adam Melling
TOP 20 surfer Kieren Perrow has tipped Lennox Head local Adam Melling as the darkhorse on the World Championship Tour next year.
Melling and his Lennox Head colleague Owen Wright have qualified for the WCT for the first time in 2010, and while Wright is well-known after twice defeating nine-time world champ Kelly Slater, Perrow believes Melling has an opportunity to spring a surprise.
Melling and Wright earned promotion from the men’s World Qualifying Series after finishing the tour ranked fourth and fifth respectively.
“Both of those guys will give it a shake,” Perrow said.
“But I just see Melling as a guy who can sneak in and cause a few surprises.
“He comes in as an unknown quantity under no pressure and with such a strong power base I can see him being a real darkhorse.”
Perrow has recently returned to his Suffolk Park home after finishing the pro tour equal 13th – his best result since 2003.
In the final event, the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii, Perrow tamed one eight-foot monster to grab a perfect 10.
“That is one of the most exciting moments of the year,” he said.
“To be able to surf Pipeline when it’s not crowded and to have thousands of people on the beach watching, it really gets you pumped.”
The 32-year-old said he had no nerves paddling out to one of the world’s biggest breaks, which provided the perfect wave for him to earn his perfect score.
“The surf was about as good as it gets that day, six to eight feet and flawless,” Perrow said.
“You can see the good waves coming and I could tell this one was going to be crazy when it hit the outer reef.
“I just managed to sneak under the lip and hold on. I didn’t know if I was going to make it out but when I did I really claimed it.”
Now safe and sound in his home town, Perrow and his wife Danielle are awaiting the birth of their second child early in January.
The new arrival will have to compete for attention with five-year-old Tosh, but Perrow says there is plenty of time for both.
“It’s a cruisy start to the year, I don’t have much on so I’m looking forward to spending the summer at home with my family,” he said.
The brigade of local surfers on the world stage continues to grow with Owen Wright, Stuart Kennedy (Lennox Head), Garrett Parkes (Byron Bay) and Tyler Wright (Lennox Head) to contest the ASP world junior championships at North Narrabeen from January 9.