Walking On Air
Australia's Adam Melling has a good reason to celebrate. Not only did he win his first Vans World Cup, he also qualified for the 2013 World Tour.
Melling On Top
Adam Melling fought through a razor-thin final heat to win his first Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach, Hawaii.
Young Brazilian Gabriel Medina fought hard in the barrel, but finished a close second to Melling.
No Tears Here
Don't feel bad for Sebastien Zeitz. The Hawaii native got his first win at the Reef Pro last week in addition to his third-place finish at Sunset Beach.
After so narrowly missing a slot on the 2012 World Tour, Nat Young of Santa Cruz, Calif., secured his spot for 2013 at Sunset and made the round of 32.
Jay "Bottle" Thompson thinks Sunset was made for a bloke of his stature, threading some tricky barrels but barely missing the quarters.
No surfer has won at Sunset as many times as local boy Pancho Sullivan. Sullivan called Sunset a performance wave as he owned the first day with a 15.50 total.
The Aussies ruled Day 2, and Jack Freestone had a convincing Round 2 win over some formidable Hawaiians before falling in the round of 64.
Look Out Below
Hawaiian Keanu Asing may not have advanced out of the round of 96, but this free fall brought some real attention to the young power surfer.
And of course, there's this guy, Mr. Slater, who decided to ride a 5-foot-10 quad in well-overhead Sunset.