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GISBORNE, New Zealand (Tuesday, March 29, 2011) – Adam Melling (AUS) has clinched the first event of the 2011 O’Neill Cold Water Classic at Gisborne, New Zealand today claiming the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) six-star event in the last 30 seconds over Brazilian surfer Willian Cardoso.
The final took place at The Pines on Wainui Beach in clean 1.5m waves with offshore winds. This was despite a horrid forecast of gale force onshore winds for today. The miraculous turn around in weather had the crowds out, rugged up and absorbing the action that unfolded in the last seven heats.
Melling posted 15.20 out of a possible 20 points for the win, made even more special given he was celebrating his 26th birthday.