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Melling wins CWC New Zealand

Melling wins O'Neill Cold Water Classic New Zealand; conditions surprise everyone

Updated: March 29, 2011, 1:39 PM ET
By Jon Coen

2011 has its first O'Neill Cold Water Classic winner, and that is Adam Melling, the 25 year old from Lennex Head, Australia -- Wait, actually he's 26. Yesterday was his birthday.

Calling the win a "birthday gift" isn't really fair to Melling. He earned that win with two vicious forehand snaps for an 8.03 in the final minute to beat out Brazilian charger, Willian Cardoso. Cardoso got busy early and actually led the heat for 29 minutes. What was a gift to Melling was the phenomenal ...

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