Wright produced scores of 9.17 and 6.10 to take the victory 15.27 to 13.97 in the final.
"It feels great, I've put so much effort into training lately for the year ahead and I'm feeling fit and injury free and I've got the right boards – this is just part of what I want to do this year," said Wright.
"It's my first win since New York in 2011 and it's important to get that winning feeling – I'm fully aware that this is a 4-Star event and the World Championship Tour is another serious step-up but I feel right to really have a crack at it this year."
Melling admitted he was disappointed to come up just short.
"I'm pretty bummed on second place, the goofy footer got me, but it's been a fun day, there were some great heats early today and I'm still pretty happy with that result – I'm looking forward to Snapper."
Owen Wright (Aus) 15.27, Adam Melling (Aus) 13.97
Adam Melling (Aus) 18.43, Ricardo Christie (NZ) 12.40
Owen Wright (Aus) 15.33, Alejo Muniz (Bra) 14.50
Ricardo Christie (NZ) 16.17, Mitch Crews (Aus) 11.93
Adam Melling (Aus) 18.87, Marco Fernandez (Bra) 12.16:
Owen Wright (Aus) 17.93, Thomas Woods (Aus) 15.50
Alejo Muniz (Bra) 14.33, Brent Dorrington (Aus) 11.83
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