Lennox Head surfer Adam Melling clinched the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Prime O’Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland by Swatch today, finishing on top of another 23-heat marathon-day after defeating Queenslander and finalist Luke Munro (AUS) in solid five to six foot (1.5 to 2 meter) waves at Thurso East.
Melling, 24, who was surfing his second consecutive final at Thurso, grabs valuable 3500 ratings points to keep his ASP World Tour qualification campaign going, leaving the Highlands ranked No 1 on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS).
Melling also rises as a serious contender towards the first ever O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series Champion title.
Melling, who bested Munro in a last 35-minute encounter after getting through four rounds and delivering an ultimate assault, eventually made it to the highest rank of the event, dominating proceedings on the final day with several impressive results including a 16.50-point tally in Round 4 before netting the event’s highest score of 17.50 points (both out of a possible 20) in the quarter-finals.
“I just couldn’t let go a second one, not that sword and I am so stoked to get it eventually,” Melling said.
“I was freezing and really tired during that heat but I managed to get a couple of good waves early enough and managed to hold Luke back until the end. I had a great event and was feeling good the whole time. I am just so happy, and very cold.”
Melling will now lead the ratings until the next ASP WQS 6-Star Prime event in the Maldives, and will build on his great confidence boost to keep his Dream Tour inception goal within reach.
“I wanted to go one better than last year and I really like the waves here so I was hoping for it,” Melling said.
“This wave of Thurso East is similar to what I have at home except for the water temperature and I felt pretty comfortable throughout the day. That Cold Water Classic thing is great, there has been some good swell at both events.”
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