Wait for action adds to pressure for FNC surfers on World Tour
THREE Far North Coast surfers have been forced to wait more than a week for the third World Championship Tour event to begin.
Adam Melling, Kieren Perrow and Owen Wright will surf in the Rio Pro in Brazil.
The previous tour event was held in March with the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in Victoria.
The trio failed to fire there, all finishing equal 25th.
Melling had a better campaign in the opening event of the year, the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast.
The Lennox Head surfer finished equal ninth with Perrow. Wright was back in equal 25th.
Wright will be desperate to turn his form around after finishing as world No 3 in 2011.
Younger sister Tyler Wright has had a great start to the year, taking out two WCT events.
She won the Rio Pro women's event at the weekend and collected $15,000 prizemoney.
She is first in the women's world rankings with only two events to go in France and the United States.
The Rio Pro has $500,000 prizemoney in the men's division, the most of any event this year.
The men's WCT Tour finishes with the iconic Pipeline Pro in Hawaii.
There are also events in Fiji, Bali, Tahiti, the United States, France and Portugal.
Perrow famously won his first WCT event at the Pipeline Proin 2011.
Wright has had success in the United States and is a threat at any competition when in form.
Melling has been on the tour for a couple of years now and is still searching for his first win.