Melling still in the game
LENNOX Head surfer Adam Melling has kept his chances of re-qualifying on the World Championship Tour alive after he advanced to the quarter-finals of the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii.
Melling needed to beat former world champion Joel Parkinson in the fifth round yesterday.
He scraped through in tough conditions with a 5.17 (out of a possible 20) while Parkinson could only manage 4.20.
It was a big effort for Melling who was dumped on to a shallow reef earlier in the competition and is also carrying a knee injury.
Melling scraped through the fourth round after beating Julian Wilson with a 15.73 in the third round.
The win knocked Wilson out of world title contention with Mick Fanning, Adriano de Souza and Gabriel Medina still in the mix.
He was due to surf against Hawaiian Mason Ho this morning.
Meanwhile, Lennox Head surfer Stu Kennedy has returned home after competing in Qualifying Series events in Hawaii.
Kennedy will be the first reserve on the WCT next year and will replace any injured surfers.
With a number of current injuries he is likely to get an opportunity to surf in the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast.
Former Lennox Head surfer Owen Wright is among those surfers on the WCT currently injured.
He had to pull out of the Pipe Masters after he was concussed in a practice session.