Adam Melling conquers the O'Neill Cold Water Classic in Scotland 

Adam Melling (Queensland, AUS) 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 fellow Queenslander and finalist Luke Munro (AUS) in solid five to six foot (1.5 to 2 meter) waves at the world class venue of 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 Quarterfinals.


Kelly Slater exploring the Kirra skills 

Following in the success of the Australia Day Paddle Out, the Kirra Surfriders club (KSC), the Kirra Surf Club (SLSC) and the Surfrider Foundation will join forces again to host the 2009 Kirra SurfStock.

A three day Surfing Festival from November 6th, 7th, & 8th featuring multiple surf events such as the Mick Fanning/Michael Peterson Rising Star Junior Challenge and a range of surfcraft comps from club teams, Longboards, SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boards), Surfboats, Surf schools and even Touch Footy on the beach.

Live music with at least one Internationally famous band on the beach plus loads of activities including Surf Woody’s and Kombi’s, skateboards, movies, photos’s and art embracing the surf culture of Kirra, helping to raise funds for non profit ocean environmental groups like the Surfrider Foundation.


Nick Riley 

Freshwater Surfer Nick Riley made an impressive return from a dilapidating injury in the 25th Jesus Pro Am at Manly, to claim victory in the Open Men’s Division against good mate and rival Boardrider Club member Dustin Atkinson (Manly).

With the Men’s final replicating a local inter-club heat, Queenscliff Boardriders Club member Riley, faced the in-form Atkinson from the North Steyne Boardriders Club.

In excellent 1m surf at Queenscliff Beach, both Riley and Atkinson displayed great early round form, with each progressing undefeated to the man-on-man 20-minute final. However, it was Riley who quickly stamped his authority on the final, posting a 6.10 score to move to a good lead position.

Riley then consolidated his lead with an excellent 8.40 score after completing an incredible combination of backhand carving turns to have Atkinson needing a combination of scores.

Despite a late charge by Atkinson, who netted a strong 7.20 scoring ride after holding priority through an extended lull in waves, it was too late with time running out for the natural footer.

Riley was extremely pleased with his win in what was his first contest after sustaining a severed tendon in his foot which forced him out of the water for 3 months.

“I’m absolutely stoked”, exclaimed Riley, “To come back from injury with a win, especially here at home and against my good mate Dustin, is great”.

“The win is a huge confidence booster for me and will set up the rest of my year competitively”.

For his win, Riley took home $1000 cash and a trip to Samoa courtesy of Line Up Surf Travel.

The Open Women’s division saw a high scoring Final with all four competitors providing the strong Manly crowd with a see-sawing heat.

In the end it was recent Surfest Women’s WQS Champion Phillipa Anderson (Merewether) who was too strong, out pointing Skye Burgess (Lake Heights) into second, 2008 event champion Yvonne Byron (Figtree) in third and Broulee surfer Bijou Busse finishing in fourth.

Anderson claimed $1000 for her victory plus a weekend at the exclusive Salamander Shores Resort, Salamander Bay.

The Cadet Boys and Girls divisions again provided an impressive peek into the next generation of professional surfers with all competitors continuing to raise performance levels.

The Cadet Boys Final featured three Cronulla locals: Rory Jenkins, defending event champ Conner O’Leary and Cory Robertson, against impressive Kiama Downs’ surfer Brett Connellan.