He's been idle for almost six months, but Thirroul-based surfing star Owen Wright has drawn inspiration from fellow professionals, as well as sister Tyler Wright, as he edges closer to a return to the water.
Forced to abandon plans to launch his own ascent up the world championship rankings this year, Wright has logged almost six months of rehabilitation to mend a disc injury in his lower back.
The 23-year-old had his season abruptly cut short at Bells Beach in April, but remains on target to return to the water in early 2014.
"It was a real big messy day and I just fell awkwardly [at Bells]," Wright said. "I knew I did something straight away and I just to said my coach, 'I don't think I'm going to be surfing for a while'.
"It's been a while, but I'm ready to get back into it."
And in that time, Wright has revelled in the success of younger sister Tyler, who pushed Hawaiian Carissa Moore right to the edge in a bid for a maiden world title.
In an ironic twist, Wright's bid ended when fellow South Coast surfer and good friend Sally Fitzgibbons eliminated her in the quarter-finals in the tour's final round in Portugal.
"I enjoyed it and I was so nervous going into that last round," Owen said. "Watching surfing for me has been really exciting ... especially the women's surfing.
"There's so many little battles going, it's become really, really interesting."
Wright has spent a large portion of the year at the High Performance Centre on the Gold Coast, with Jeremy Sheppard, getting treatment on his injured back.
He's convinced the time out of the surf will serve him well in 2014.
"I'm trying to take inspiration from everyone in the time I've had off," he said. "I've seen Mick Fanning, I've seen Parko [Joel Parkinson] have time off, I've seen a lot of guys come back with a fresh look and I'm trying to do the same.
"It's definitely helped me and I'm more fired up."