Santa Cruz pro surfer Nat Young edged Adam Melling, who is currently tied for 13th in the world rankings by the Association of Surfing Professionals, to win their heat in the Round of 48 in the Burton Toyota Pro.
Young scored a 14.73-point, two-wave total to Melling’s 14.57. Young’s best scoring waves were 7.40 and 7.33. Melling’s were 7.57 and 7.00. The top two surfers from the heat advance to the Round of 24 in the ASP six-star event. American Heath Joske [7.30] was eliminated, as was Japan’s Masatoshi Ohno [9.83].
The Round of 24 goes down to a three-man heat format, where Young will face Brazilians Filipe Toledo and Krystian Kymerson
The Burton Toyota Pro, where Young also won his Round of 96 heat, is run as part of the Surfest Newcastle Australia at Mereweather Beach. The event continues today [it's already Friday there] with the rest of the Round of 48 and the Round of 24.
– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets