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Novakov, Mike


Invincible kneeboarder during the early and mid-'80s from Narrabeen, Australia; winner of the World Amateur Surfing Championships in 1982, 1984, and 1986. Novakov was born (1961) in Manly Beach, raised in Sydney, and began surfing in 1975. He became the New South Wales kneeboard champion in 1981—and was the first kneerider to use a tri-fin board—then went on to win dozens of regional, state, and national titles over the next eight years.

"Smart money was on Mike Novakov," Surfing magazine wr...