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Monday, April 12, 2010
Updated: June 14, 6:20 PM ET
In like Flynn

Last winter at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Flynn Novak was the last Hawaiian left standing for the quarterfinal round. That's some feat considering the bombing Pipe early in the event. He would loose to Kelly Slater, but not before cementing his position as one of the greatest Pipe riders today.

The guy loves home.

Then in January, at the Volcom Pipeline Pro, he lost a Round of 64 heat to fellow North Shore hellmen Marcus Hickman and Jamie O'Brien (the eventual winner.) The unusually early out for Novak means he won't get a slot in this year's Pipe Masters.

You may recall that he won the Sponsor Me Hawaii Pro last summer at Ala Moana Bowls to secure his slot at Pipe in December 2009.

Not surfing the Pipe Masters, Novak has no way of winning the Triple Crown this year. Without that to look forward to, he has no reason to do the WQS and qualify for the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haliewa and the O'Neill World Cup at Sunset. Hence, you haven't seen the Pipe specialist in Brazil, Australia, or Tasmania at any of the recent 6-stars.

"I've been watching some of the events online," he says, "and I have to admit it doesn't look very good. I'm so much happier to be here in Hawaii."

He went so far as to state that the spring has felt just like an extension of winter with the active NPac ocean. The last few years, there have been specific wildcards reserved for "Pipeline Specialists," but it's doubtful. But really, does he seem to be sweating it?

Flynn Novak, a Pipeline Specialist if there ever was one.