Vans World Cup of Surfing
ASP Prime Men's event
Sunset Beach Oahu, Hawaii
25 November - 6 December 2012
Final Day action wrap-up in video and pictures
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 December, 2012 : - - Honolulu -- Adam Melling won the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach Tuesday. It was exactly what he needed to retain a position on the ASP World Tour for 2013. Melling won US$40,000 and moved to equal second on the Vans Triple Crown series ratings. Melling found himself in the final against Sebastien Zietz, Gabriel Medina, and Adrian "Ace" Buchan knowing he needed a win or a second to get the points he needed to requalify.
Zietz ran away with an early lead after a tube ride. Melling was afraid he had peaked too soon, surfing "the perfect heat" in the quarter finals that earned him the highest score of the entire competition. Glassy 6-8 foot surf prevailed and so did Melling's powerful level of performance. He turned the tables on Zietz just before the close with a near-perfect ride (9.33).
He shot from third to first. With seconds remaining, Medina paddled into a game changer, got barreled and cleanly exited. Melling was left floating, waiting for Medina's score to drop... not enough to steal the win, but enough to take second, relegating Zietz to third and Buchan to fourth.
Kauai boy Zietz is one of only a handful of surfers to ever make back-to-back finals in 30 years of the Vans Triple Crown, Zietz leads the Triple Crown ratings and that gives him a wildcard into the ultimate event: The Billabong Pipe Masters (Dec. 8-20). He is also incredibly close to clinching the $100,000 Triple Crown cash bonus.
Melling or Alejo Muniz tied for second on the Triple Crown ratings, would need to place third or better at Pipe, with Zietz losing first round, for Zietz to lose the title. In addition to the cash, Zietz could walk away with a $30,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a $10,000 custom Nixon watch.
"A wildcard to Pipe definitely never seemed like a possibility but yeah, it's happened and I was stoked to hear. I just found out that Andy Irons was the only surfer to ever get three finals in a row (at the VANS Triple Crown), so hopefully I can do that and put my name next to Andy's and that would be a dream come true."
Also awarded Tuesday, the JN Automotive Rookie of the VANS Triple Crown, to the top newcomer to this prestigious series. It was awarded to Koa Smith (Kauai). Equal fifth after semi-final losses Tuesday were Perth Standlick and Jesse Mendes. Equal seventh after the semi's were Alejo Muniz and Lincoln Taylor.
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing now moves to the Banzai Pipeline for the third and final stage of the series. The first potential day of competition is Saturday, December 8.
1st - Adam Melling (AUS) 16.16pts, $40,000
2nd - Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.67pts, $20,000
3rd - Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 13.70pts, $12,000
4th - Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.26pts, $10,000
In celebration of 30 years of world class surfing, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater offers $1million in prize money this year, including a $100,000 bonus, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a $10,000 custom Nixon watch for the overall series champion. Each of the three events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has a two-week holding period within which to run, requiring just 3-4 days of excellent surf to be completed.
The events are broadcast live on Oceanic Time Warner Cable around Hawaii on channels 250 & 1250HD; in Los Angeles on channel 101*; in San Diego on channel 411*; and in Desert Cities on channel 111*. *partial live coverage, subject to pre-emption for local CIF prep sports playoffs. To stay on Oahu's North Shore and witness the action in person, special rates are available at Turtle Bay Resort.
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is made possible with the support of: vitaminwater; Nixon; Skullcandy; GoPro; Turtle Bay Resort; Clif Bar; Mauli Ola Foundation; wavejet; the Association of Surfing Professionals; JN Automotive Group; Hawaii Tourism Authority; Oahu Visitors Bureau; Surfline.com; Surfing Magazine; Hawaiian Airlines; truth®; Oceanic Time Warner Cable.
Author: The Editors
Tags: Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Sunset Beach, Adam Melling