Merewether surfer Morgan Cibilic has dropped just three places to 102nd on the qualifying series after not improving his top-five points total at the Phillip Island Pro on Monday.
Cibilic qualified for the semi-finals on Sunday but fell 13.15 to 10.95 to eventual champion Jordan Lawler on Monday morning.
Cibilic needed an 8.8 late to win but finished with a 6.6.
Sunday: Merewether surfer Morgan Cibilic won through to his third consecutive semi-final appearance on the World Surf League qualifying series on Sunday.
The teenager, who won the Mandurah Pro and finished third in the Cape Naturaliste Pro last month in Western Australia, will face Jordan Lawler in the semi-finals of another 1000-point event, the Phillip Island Pro, likely on Monday at Penguin Parade.
Cibilic was second in his round two heat on Friday to progress to the weekend’s competition.
He won his four-man round-three heat with a 13.25 total (6.5 and 6.75) and he had little trouble in the quarter-finals where he defeated Thomas Cervi 15.55 to 10.35. He opened with a 8.30 to take control and backed it up on his third wave with a 7.25.
Cibilic, in his first full year on the QS, hopes to win the Australia/Oceania title race in which he sits third.