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Surfer Morgan Cibilic eyeing higher honours after hot run on qualifying series | photos WILD WEST: Morgan Cibilic is chaired up the beach after winning the Mandurah Pro, his first senior World Surf League title, last week. Picture: WSL / Justin Majeks
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1234567 – Merewether surfer Morgan Cibilic started this year on the qualifying series, his first full season, hoping just to break into the top 200 and get a start at home in Surfest in 2019.
After a memorable West Australian trip, the 19-year-old has already cracked the top 100 and has had to lift his sights to winning an Australia/Oceaniatitle.
Cibilic arrived home on Monday after winning the Mandurah Pro and making the semi-finals of another 1000-point contest, theCape Naturaliste Pro.The results pushed Cibilic up 38 places to 99th on the QS after three top-10 efforts had already put him well ahead of schedule.
“I’m pretty frothing still. I can’t really believe it,” Cibilic said.“I couldn’t even get into the bigger events, I could only compete in the smaller ones, and I’mstill in the top 100, so I’m stoked.I’m not sure I’ll stay there but I’ll be close to it.”
The natural-footer will bypass the Hawaiian QS leg and turn his attention to winning the Australia/Oceania title. He sits third on 2145 points behind Merewether clubmate Jackson Baker (2697) andSheldon Simkus (2350) with 1000-point events left at Phillip Island and Port Stephens.
Baker, who sits 60thoverall on theQS, will travel to Hawaii for the 3000-point Sunset Beach event and the final two 10,000-point contests.
“I just miss out on the big Hawaiian events because you have to be top 70ish,” Cibilic said. “I could have made the 3000 but Idecided I’m just going to finish the Australian leg and try to win the Australasian title.I just need to beat a couple of guys who are just behind me and Sheldon Simkus.But even if I finish second I’ll probably qualify for 10,000s next year, so that’s my goal.”
Cibilic’s rise is part of an amazing season forMerewetherSurfboard Club’s malecontingent. Baker has won three lower-ranked QS events and Ryan Callinan has all but booked a full-time return to the championship tour for 2019 after 6000-and 10,000-point victories lifted him to second. He also became the talk of the surfing world with his giant-killing run to the Quiksilver Pro France final as a wildcard this month.
“To have threein the top 100, that’s pretty sick,” Cibilic said.“That was another one of my goals this year, after seeing Ryan and Jacko win comps, I wanted to win one as well, so all the boys can get up there.I definitely look up to those guys …It should be good in the next couple of years.
“I was going to put off uni for a couple of years.If I couldn’t crack the top 100 by the time I was 21, 22, then I would give surfinga miss, I guess, and carry on with my life, but I’m doing pretty well at the moment so I don’t think I’m going to stop anytime soon hopefully.”