Michael Novy Wins Inaugural Nomad Big Wave Awards

It nearly cost him his life, but Sunshine Coaster Michael Novy now finds himself with some handy pocket money after catching one of the deepest and heaviest barrels ever at The Right.

Michael Novy has scored a huge double win over the weekend, taking out both the ABA Inverted D’bah Pro and the ABA Nomad Big Wave Awards on the same day.

Novy had a fantastic weekend of competition at the perfect beach break waves of Duranbah Beach QLD,winning all five of heats and making his way into the final up against highly ranked local Joe Clarke.

Both Novy and Clarke went wave for wave in the final, with Novy only scoring the win with his last wave of the event, beating out Clarke by 0.6. Cade Sharp and Dave Winchester took out equal third Place.

The winner of the Nomad Big Wave Awards was also announced on the weekend, with Michael Novy taking out the prestigious first place in the “Rider of Biggest Wave” category.

Novy with his winner’s cheque. Photo Michael Jennings

Amongst the submissions for the Biggest Wave included noted Big Wave riders Lewy Finnegan, Chris James, Sam Thomas, Davis Blackwell, Damien Martin, and Seamus McGoldrick.

Novy took out the competition with a massive keg at The Right in WA, towed in by fellow competitor Damien Martin.

The footage was judged by a panel of experts, headed by world tour head judge Craig Hadden, along with some of bodyboarding’s most experienced and respected riders, Ben Player, Ryan Hardy, and Jase Finlay.

Jase Finlay said of Novy’s winning wave:

“I think the line he draws from behind the peak is what sets Novy’s wave apart. That’s where everyone wants to be, but its almost the most risky.”

“This place regularly dishes out two or three wave hold downs, so with the amount of water and sheer size of this wave, it would easily be life threatening. For me this is the greatest ridden wave in the competition, i love it!”

Other winners of the event were Damien Martin for “Best Wipe Out”, for a horrific wipeout at The Right in WA, and James Strickland for “Filmer of Biggest Wave”.