Adam Melling wins Vans World Cup of Surfing
The Vans World Cup of Surfing held its final day of competition Tuesday in surf from the 6-foot mark all the way down to 3 foot at Sunset. Early morning heats looked real good as there was still swell in the water and sunny skies, not a bit of wind – but as the morning turned to early afternoon, that all changed. Hawaiians call it VOG (it's like SMOG and FOG but with volcano ash and low clouds), and it moved in and made viewing the heats – which were all the way out to Sunset Point – very hard, and bad for taking photos.
Orange County's Brett Simpson and Tanner Gudauskas had a great run for Orange County, both of them making it to the Quarter Finals. Simpson had a heart-breaking loss in the QF when he was beat out by Alejo Muniz by only .24 of a point. As for Tanner Gudauskas, he took down a lot of big names on his run to the QF but had a hard time with waves lining up with him.
The whispers among the competitors happened when SeaBass, Sebastien Zietz, made it to the finals. Would he win two of the three jewels so far? He had already won in Haleiwa at the Reef Hawaiian Pro.
The final had Adrian 'Ace' Buchan, Gabriel Medina, Adam Melling and Sebastien Zietz. Zeitz started out the heat with a barrel into a power carve and landed a 7.67 for it and set the tone. Medina, not to be outdone, found a barrel of his own in the final minutes for an 8.17 and it looked to be his win, but as the final minute hit, Melling found a 6-foot set wave on the outside and cut and carved the critical section of this big boy for a 9.33 and for the win.
Zietz is still the leader in the crown for the 2012 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.