The airs themselves were ridiculous, of course, and the rotation, particularly in the case of the second one, was perhaps straighter and more perfect than Flynn’s. (Novak, in fairness, looks like he has an extra six inches or so of height to get round). But equally impressive was the way he had only even been in Hawaii for a day or two, and seemed to have added this most difficult of manoeuvres to his bag of tricks with such a minimum of effort, slinging them out almost on cue for the benefit of the recently-arrived photographers lining the beach.
It was also the second time in the space of a month he’d sent the internet into overdrive. In October he released footage from Portugal of this unfeasibly high air in waist-high waves.