Adam Melling, Mick Fanning to hit the waves at Portugal comp
LENNOX Head's Adam Melling and Tweed's Mick Fanning are to compete at the ASP Prime Cascais Billabong Pro in Portugal.
The European Qualifying Series finale was set to begin yesterday, but the Association of Surfing Professionals had placed it on standby as of yesterday afternoon.
Fanning, who's ranked number three in the world, has won two events this season and is in contention for his third world title.
"I've always enjoyed the European leg and Portugal has been a great addition to the ASP World Championship Tour," he said.
"Taking part in the event at Cascais gives me the opportunity to explore more of the coastline and test myself against the super-talented surfers on the Word Qualifying Series.
"Hoping to score waves and a win."
Melling, who's ranked 27th in the world, has had a disappointing year.
His most impressive performances have been at the Qualifying Series Mr Price Pro Ballito in round 11 and Vans US Open of Surfing in round 14.
Melling will be keen to bounce back after an early exit at the Quiksilver Pro France, which finished on Monday.
The consistency of the swell on the Portuguese coast this time of year and the ability to select two different locations promise a week of intense action.
Alongside large crowds of Portuguese surf fans, event organisers are anticipating an epic week of surfing.
Melling will compete in heat 7, while Fanning will compete in heat 12.