Lennox Head surfer Adam Melling is out of action with a knee injury. The fifth event on the World Championship Tour started in Fiji yesterday.
Lennox Head surfer Adam Melling is out of action with a knee injury. The fifth event on the World Championship Tour started in Fiji yesterday. Kelly Cestari

Injury to knee fells Melling on World Champs Tour

A KNEE injury will make life difficult for Lennox Head surfer Adam Melling on the World Championship Tour.

Melling is ranked 23rd in the world. He had to pull out of the Fiji Pro event which started yesterday.

The 29-year-old first injured his knee at the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast in March.

It was the first WCT event of the year. He surfed in four events before withdrawing from the Fiji Pro.

It is not known how long he will be out of competition.

Former Lennox Head surfer Owen Wright had his share of injuries too.

He also was injured early last year in Australia and missed the second half of the season.

Wright has had a steady 2014 and shown glimpses of his best.

He won his first heat in Fiji yesterday to advance to the third round.

He pipped American Nat Young with a 10.77 (out of a possible 20).

Young looked to have had the heat won before finishing on a 10.47.

Australian Matt Wilkinson was also in the heat and finished with a 10.00.

Meanwhile, younger sister Tyler Wright is ranked fourth after the WCT women's event in Fiji.

It was the first competition of the year in which she was knocked out before the quarter-finals.

The women don't surf again until the Vans US Open Of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California, on July 27.

Wright finished overall runner-up behind Hawaiian Carissa Moore last year but has fellow Aussies Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore ahead of her on the current WCT rankings.

Surfing in the men's event in Fiji is expected to continue today.