Watch: Morgan Cibilic // Five Days in May
As a CT rookie, Morgan Cibilic is still waiting to surf his debut heat, yet rather than letting six months of nerves wear him down, he's used the time to his advantage.
"Earlier this year I was feeling a bit of pressure," says Morgan of his jump onto the CT and into the world surfing spotlight, "but having all this time off has allowed me to come to terms with it."
"Every time I surfed there were lots of eyes on me, I wasn't used to that, but now I'm OK with it."
From his Yamba base, Morgan's been making regular missions north towards the border where his coach, Bottle Thompson, can, thanks to Queensland border control, cross into NSW and give his young charge advice.
"Having the time to work on technique and boards has been great," says Morgan. "We've been nutting things out. Working on little tweaks."
Had COVID never happened, the CT would currently be swinging out of the Javanese jungle and heading towards Saquarema. Morgan didn't bother checking the G'Land forecasts to find out what he missed, instead staying focussed on the job at hand.
But it must be hard staying motivated without comps to go to?
"Nah....it's been pumping." says Morgan. "It's easy to get up and go to work when it's like this."
And his boards?
"It's another benefit of the delay," explains Morgan. "At the start of the year we [he and shaper Will Webber] were in two minds with my equipment, but we've settled on it now."
What they've settled on is a shape Will and Morgan call the Wundabat, and which Will describes as, "Just like Homer's enchanted baseball bat, so too is Morgan's mystical new short board."