Aussie Adam Melling finished fifth at the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, but scored big without the jersey: His GoPro clip of a perfect sunset barrel has won the Portugal edition of the ASP GoPro Challenge. Melling will be awarded US$10,000 -- not to mention the glory of being a master GoPro cinematographer.
A low-light barrel gives Adam Melling the vision in vibrant yellows and oranges.
The ASP GoPro Challenge asks competing surfers to submit their videos from the contest venue starting two days prior to the contest window, and no later than the conclusion of the competition. Portugal's Challenge is the fourth in the series, following faceoffs at Margaret River, Fiji and Tahiti. Judging criteria and previous winners are listed here.
Other submissions included:
The Spaniard throws tons of spray in his fourth GoPro submission.
Ace Buchan gets acrobatic in the tube for a feat of skills and nature.
Nic Von Rupp finds an end-of-day tube for another submission to the GoPro Challenge.
Watch all of the Portugal GoPro Challenge submissions, while the action from Portugal and beyond is at aspworldtour.com/videos.
How good was Josh Kerr's barrel at The Box? The answer is on C.J. Hobgood's face.
Out of the 25 videos submitted for the debut ASP GoPro Challenge at Margaret River, judges selected one of two from Josh Kerr (AUS).
Women's Fiji Pro wildcard Tatiana Weston-Webb locks into a Cloudbreak barrel, fighting through a few sections before getting clipped.
WCT replacement surfer Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) topped all submissions from the elite Tour challengers at Cloudbreak during the Fiji Women's Pro.
WCT sophomore Nat Young takes off on a drainer running toward Tahitian peaks.
As if it couldn't get any better than surfing epic and triple-overhead barrels, Nat Young (USA) won the Billabong Pro Tahiti edition of the ASP GoPro Challenge.