Adam Melling: tasting victory at Sunset Beach

Adam Melling has conquered the Vans World Cup of Surfing 2012, at Sunset Beach, Hawaii. The Australian defeated Sebastien Zietz, Gabriel Medina and Adrian Buchan in the final heat.

Melling has retained a position on the ASP World Tour for 2013 and moved to equal second on the Vans Triple Crown series ratings.

"Waking up this morning I was like, this comp is going to be over today and I really want to be on that podium," said Melling.

"I don't know why it comes to this but on tour it's definitely hard. It's only 32 guys and they want it so bad and they all surf so good"

"I like power surfing and I think that's definitely one of my strengths. Coming out here you can push as hard as you want because those boards are pretty big so you get out there and push hard. A lot of Aussie surfers can do that stuff so it's good.

Zietz ran away with an early lead after a 7.67 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: 18.4 points out of 20 (9.4 & 9.0 wave scores).

But glassy smooth 6-8 foot surf prevailed and so did Melling's powerful level of performance. Digging deep, he turned the tables on Zietz just minutes before the close with a near-perfect ride (9.33) that featured four gouging turns.

The Kauai surfer leads the Triple Crown ratings and that gives him a wildcard into the ultimate event: The Billabong Pipe Masters, which will run from the 8th-20th December.

Vans World Cup of Surfing 2012 Final:

1. Adam Melling (AUS) 16.16pts, $40,000
2. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.67pts, $20,000
3. Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 13.70pts, $12,000
4. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.26pts, $10,000

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