March 6, 2008 : – – Carlsbad Ca — No Fear’s VP of Marketing, Britt Galland announced today that the company has signed WQS pro surfer and Pipeline specialist, Flynn Novak to its team of professional riders.
“Flynn is an incredibly talented surfer and all-around waterman,” said Galland. “He’s among an elite class of surfers that can rack up big scores in small surf, but is equally comfortable charging second reef Pipe or towing into outer-reef bombs.
Flynn will join fellow No Fear top 100 WQS warriors, Shaun Ward (CA) and Ola Eleogram (Maui) as they make their drive to qualify for the ‘CT in 2009. Flynn is a widely-respected Pipe charger who epitomizes the No Fear brand and what it stands for, so we’re stoked to have him onboard.”
Born and raised on the North Shore, the 24-year-old Novak is psyched to get some well-deserved support. “After a year on the QS, I have a much better idea about how to compete in different conditions, and also a better understanding of the equipment I’m going to need. The support from No Fear will definitely help me get where I want to be…and that’s on the ‘CT, hopefully either next year or the year after.”
Flynn is a journeyman with all the tools. Last year he earned one of the highly coveted wildcard seeds in the prestigious Pipeline Masters with an impressive, equal fifth place result at the WQS Pipeline Pro in February 2007. He also had a top 10 finish in lackluster conditions at the 6-star event in the Canary Islands.
On day three of the 2007 Pipe Masters—the Dream Tour’s grand finale—Novak put himself in position to move on to the next round by posting one of the highest wave scores of the day—a 9.33 awarded for a deep, Backdoor barrel. He backed that up with a 6.0.
But he had the heat stolen out from under him on a miraculous charge by Australian Phil MacDonald, who blew up for a high 8 score in the final minute to compile a 16.67 heat total. That shocking upset on surfing’s center stage has only served to strengthen Novak’s motivation and focus.
Novak cracked the WQS’ top 100 (86th) in 2007 during his first full season on the tour and is determined to march up through the ranks. Track his progress along with the results of Shaun Ward, Ola Eleogram, Mikey Bruneau, Darrell Goodrum, and the rest of the No Fear crew at nofear.com.