THURSO’S O’Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland ended on a high note as the reeling Scottish right delivered a day of solid five foot surf. Aussie Adam Melling dominated proceedings and deservedly triumphed. coming out on top. Whilst not a completely classic week of competition, slightly reduced by unfavourable winds, Thurso and Brims Ness certainly did their bit more to elevate this competition’s status as one of the high points on the WQS tour. Even at two foot Brims delivered consistent picture perfect barrels and when the swell was on Thurso rifled down the line like a Scottish express train. One thing that was pretty perfect all weekend was the quality of the pictures coming from the rain-soaked photographers on the reef.
Melling, beat Munro in a 35-minute encounter after getting through four rounds dominated 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.
I just couldn’t let go a second one, not that sword and I am so stoked to get it eventually. I was freezing and really tired during that heat but I managed to get a couple of good waves early enough and managed to hold Luke (Munro) back until the end. I had a great event and was feeling good the whole time. I am just so happy, and very cold.Adam Melling
The 24-year old Australian surfer had to best former event champion Brit Russell Winter and solid young-gun Marc Lacomare (France) before taking the Australian Blake Thornton, will now lead the ratings until the next ASP WQS 6-Star Prime event in the Maldives.
I wanted to go one better than last year and I really like the waves here so I was hoping for it. This wave of Thurso East is similar to what I have at home except for the water temperature and I felt pretty comfortable throughout the day. That Cold Water Classic thing is great, there has been some good swell at both events. Adam Melling
2009 runner-up Luke Munro, 25, a former ASP World Tour competitor and now looking to requalify for the elite circuit, could not answer Melling’s early fire in the final struggling to find a strong ride and stay in the race for the title. Munro, who had impressed with his power surfing and radical approach since day one, came short in the last battle, leaving Melling get away with the famous O’Neill CWC Scotland sword.
Joan Duru (France) definitely experienced the shocker of the day losing in semifinal No.1 to Munro in the dying seconds of their encounter - after leading the battle and holding tight to his first ever prime-rated event final ticket for more than twenty-nine minutes. Duru, who had surfed exceptionally throughout the final day netting a couple of excellent scores including a 9.00 pointer in the quarters, made a mistake while having priority over Munro and had to accept an equal third place finish for his best result of the year.
Duru, who grabbed 2275 ratings’ points for his Scottish campaign, jumps to an unprecedent number four on the WQS and will build on his rising favorite status after placing no worse than 9th throughout the whole European April league. Duru increased his lead on the ASP WQS European ratings and will be much expected to resume his ASP Dream Tour qualification quest when he paddles back out in the next event.
Other semifinalist and rising Australian to make the final four was Blake Thornton, the New South Wales resident finishing his run in the semis of the The Most Northern event on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS). Thornton (New South Wales, AUS), 24, was left away from the final in a wave-starved heat where he was not able to find any good waves.
Former event champions Russell Winter, Nathan Hedge and Adam Robertson all placed equal 9th today showing their consistency at the world famous Thurso. Sunny Garcia was unlucky to be knocked out after catching a classic wave seconds after the final bell.
The young Australian talent, Owen Wright, impressed on in his second round heat. The former ASP WQS tour leader is definitely a name to watch out for the in the next few events.
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