Adam Melling Wins O'Neill Cold Water Classic

29 Mar 2011 0 Share

ONeill Coldwater Classic
March 29, 2011
Report and photos courtesy of ASP


Adam Melling has clinched the first event of the 2011 O'Neill Cold Water Classic at Gisborne, New Zealand today claiming six-star event in the last 30 seconds from Brazilian surfer Willian Cardoso.



The final took place at The Pines on Wainui Beach in clean 1.5m waves with offshore winds. This was despite a horrid forecast of gale force onshore winds for today. The miraculous turn around in weather had the crowds out, rugged up and absorbing the action that unfolded in the last seven heats.

Melling's win was a also a sweet birthday present.

"I am 26 today and I won the final… I am stoked" said Melling after being chaired up the beach by his mates.

"At the start of the heat there, I was looking back in at the beach and I was thinking, 'wow, I don't have any waves'. I missed one at the start and I was freaking out a bit and Willian was down the beach but I knew I was in a good spot and if a sucky one came in I knew I could bang out the turns and get the score."

At the prize giving after an emotional haka performed by an inspired local Maori, Melling was awarded with a traditional Maori weapon called a tewhatewha.

Melling also received $20,000 USD for the win and moves up one place on the ASP One World Rankings to 23rd and hopes to be able to attend more O'Neill Cold Water Classic events in a bid to win the Series and claim the $50,000 USD prize money for the Series win.

The O'Neill Cold Water Classic Series now heads to its northernmost destination – Thurso, Scotland, for the 6 Star ASP World Tour event from April 13 until April 19, before culminating, the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Series, California, in Santa Cruz, October 24-30, 2011. ?

For more news, photos and video from the event, head to event wenbsite

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