Melling gets two for one
Daniel Ikaika Ito
Vans World Cup of Surfing champion Adam Melling was exhausted and elated on the winner’s stage. The 27-year-old Australian was still trying to get a grasp on his fortuitous situation. He surfed four heats Tuesday on his way to winning the World Cup of Surfing, $40,000 and requalification for the 2013 World Championship Tour.
Furthermore, Melling’s win vaulted him to No. 2 in the overall Vans Triple Crown of Surfing ranking.
“Surreal, I can’t believe it happened,” Melling said of his victory and tour requalification. “It’s been a crazy day.”
Melling was on point yesterday — literally and figuratively. He picked off a barrel deep off of Sunset Point and linked two cutties for a 6.83 out of a possible 10 points. Then he improved his score with a 9.33 — a powerful display of rail-to-rail surfing. Melling’s style was perfect for the 3- to 5-foot surf, and the conditions reminded him of Australia.
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