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BARRA DE LA CRUZ, OAXACA, MEXICO – AUGUST 11: Morgan Cibilic of Australia surfing in Heat 5 of the Round of 32 of the Corona Open Mexico presented by Quiksilver on August 11, 2021 Barra de la Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico. (Photo by Tony Heff/World Surf League)

Cibilic’s fairy-tale rise to culminate in world title challenge

Cibilic’s fairy-tale rise to culminate in world title challenge

Morgan Cibilic grew up surfing at Angourie before moving to Merewether in Newcastle.

In 2019, he seemingly came from nowhere to qualify for the World Surf League’s 2020 Men’s Championship Tour (WCT). Covid put the brakes on the 2020 season, however, the 2021 season’s world title qualifying competitions were completed in Mexico last week, where Cibilic finished equal ninth, and he had amassed 25,270 points and a fifth-place rating and a shot at the world title.

As a result, Cibilic will compete against the four surfers above him, Gabriel Medina, Italo Ferreira and Filipe Toledo (all from Brazil), and the USA’s Connor Coffin at the season’s finals at Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California (September 9 to 17). Image: Courtesy WSL

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