Lennox Head-Ballina Boardriders (Le-Ba) have finished third in the prestigious Jim Beam Surftag event at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast.

Surfing against the likes of former world champion Mick Fanning — who ironically was a Le-Ba junior member — the LeBa team put on an impressive overall performance.

Adam Melling posted the highest total score of the final, a 25.6 that aided the team in taking home their third place finish overall.

Mick Fanning (Tweed Heads) drove the Kirra Surf Club to victory by posting the top-scoring ride during the final, where the club defeated arch-rivals Snapper Rocks.

Fanning’s world renowned lightning-fast forehand snaps earned an incredible 9.9 (out of 10) score for a 25.1 total score which saw Kirra rise to victory with 90.1 ahead of Snapper Rocks B who placed second with 88.0, Le-Ba third with 69.2 and Snapper Rocks A fourth with 40.7.

It was an emphatic victory for Kirra, who held on until the dying minutes and lying just 0.9 points behind the heat leaders Snapper Rocks B, sealing their victory on the final wave of the heat to win the series and go into the National Finals in Sydney as the Queensland Champions.

The Jim Beam Surftag saw 14 clubs compete at Duranbah with a total of three ASP World Tour competitors including Fanning for Kirra and Joel Parkinson and 2009 ASP World Tour qualifier Josh Kerr for Snapper Rocks B.

Le-Ba’s third placing qualifies the club for the national final in Sydney in March.

PICTURE: Adam Melling (Lennox Head) posted the highest score during the finals of the Jim Beam Surftag Series at Duranbah. Picture courtesy of Kirstin Scholtz/ASP Australasia