Hailing from the wave-rich town of Lennox Head, Australia, Adam Melling has been turning heads with his smooth style which bridges the gap between power and flare. Surfing waves like Lennox Point and being a drive away from the wave-rich Super Bank gave Adam the platform on which to improve and refine his ability to a point that he’s now one of the best in the world. After winning the 6-Star Cold Water Classic in Scotland in 2009 and finishing the season in fourth on the WQS, Adam qualified to join the best in the world on the ASP World Tour beginning in 2010. Since that time, he’s had an up and down ride, but continues to be considered one of the most dynamic surfers on Tour.
Q & A
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Beat the Best
Making the WCT
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How did you start surfing? How old were you?
My Dad got me into it at a very young age, as any kid wants to do what there Dad does. I would have been 3 years old.
If you were not a pro surfer, you would be?
Running some business...restaurant, coffee shop or health food bar. Or maybe a fitness instructor.
What is the biggest obstacle you have faced?
Copping with my Dad passing away when I was 12.
What is the best advice you've heard?
God never gave you something too big to handle.
What is the best advice you've heard on improving your surfing?
Just have fun with it. Although it can get stressful at times, you surf your best when you are just having fun.
To be a successful pro surfer, you need to:
Keep your body and mind healthy, have fun with it and keep that competitive edge.
At this level, what is something unique you do in your training to improve your surfing?
I have a fitness trainer that really helps me keep fit. I focus on core fitness. It is good to do something other than surfing and it really helps when you are in the water.
What is one trait of yours that is truly Australian?
I say mate way too often.
Did you ever have a doubt on whether to pursue pro surfing?
It sort of just happened for me. I finished school and did ok on the junior series. I was asked if I was up to all of the traveling and time away. It was kind of a big thing coming from a small town, but I love competing and surfing so I went for it.
What is one thing that you have learned about the world this year from traveling?
It definitely opens your mind. You see a lot of different cultures and places where people do things so different to anything you've ever seen. In some places it shows us how good we have it and it shows us that we all need to be more respectful towards each other.