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Top 10 Stories of 2011

The most trafficked stories of the year on surfermag.com

| posted on December 28, 2011

Mark Healey and the Great White, the third most-trafficked story of 2011. Photo: Team Effort Films

Surfermag.com had a great 2011 that started with an award winning redesign and ended with some record setting traffic around SURFER Poll time. In between we introduced the Photo of the Day, Rob Gilley’s Waxing Gaseously, Shea Lopez’s expert punditry, and the very popular How-To Blog. While our photo galleries received a huge amount of the site’s traffic here are some of the stories that really moved the needle in 2011. Click the headlines to take you to the story.

1. Surfer Poll
Our annual readers poll and video awards pulled in more traffic than there was on the red carpet on the night.

2. Andy Irons Autopsy results
After months of delays, Andy Irons’ autopsy results were released to the public in a whirlwind of speculation.

3. Mark Healey Rides Great White Sharks
For the benefit of our online fans we leaked a spread from our June Issue and it went viral. While the photo of Mark Healey riding a shark was only a small part of the profile, it was the part that made headlines around the world.

4. Jeremy Flores and Sunny Garcia engage in fisticuffs.
An unfortunate incident in the Burleigh shorebreak was caught on camera much to the disgust of the online surf population.

5. Sion Milosky Dies Surfing Mavericks
The death of Sion Milosky was yet another tragedy that bookended a difficult few months for the surf world. Sion’s hard charging and kind heart won him fans the world over. He will be forever missed.

6. Martinez Disqualified From New York
Bobby-gate was so popular with our readers that it all but dwarfed the excellent surf on tap for New York’s first (and only?) World Tour event. His on-air rant made headlines around the world and divided the opinion of the surf population.

7. Steph Takes Her Kit Off.
Ah, there’s nothing like a little gratuitous nudity to get the masses clicking. The introduction of Janna Irons’ week in review gave her raging attention deficit disorder a creative outlet and our readers a lighthearted view of the surf world every Friday. It also featured some of the weirdest stories of 2011. Check out Year in Review here.

8. Slater-Gate
In November the ASP awarded Kelly Slater his 11th World Title a heat early and set surfing back 25 years. Sure, Slater’s victory was inevitable, but the gaff ultimately resulted in the resignation of the ASP’s CEO Brody Carr.

9. Waking From the Dream
Matt Warshaw laments the ASP’s decision to turn the 2011 World Tour into the Big City Tour. Ironically the big city events delivered some decent surf (especially NYC) and the Tour, despite numerous controversies, had a pretty good year wave-wise.

10. Floater-Gate
An opinion piece about Adriano DeSouza’s floater lit the comments section up like a Christmas Tree (Holiday Tree?) with colorful language and flagrant allegations of racism. Nationalism, of course, was hardly mentioned.

Notable mentions:
1. The Kelly Session
2. The Search Preview
3. Teahupoo Hype
4. Youtube Killed the Secret Spot
5. Blank is the new black

  • Jester

    On Surfer’s choice of “Floater-Gate” as one of “Top 10 Stories of 2011″: [Quote 1] ANACHRONISM: (2) a person or a thing that is chronologically out of place; especially one from a former age that is incongruous in the present (3) the state or condition of being chronologically out of place (Merriam-Webster dictionary) [Quote 2] BRAZILIAN DOMINATION 2011 A.D. It’s over. Our stereotypes are antiquated, silly. (…) From pro juniors to big-wave specialists, the Brazzos dominated on so many fronts in 2011 it’s clear we better drop our prejudices. Because they’re taking over the world – one misconception at a time (Surfline “The Year in Review”).

  • booya

    NYC delivering the best waves of the Big City stops??? pffff….One day of decent waves and everyone says that contest was all time….The first 3 days leading up to the finals were in pitiful waves that no other contest would run in….SF had as good if not better waves and that was not even considered “Good” Ocean Beach.

  • Brazzo 4 Life

    Jesters knows what’s he sez. The era of Brazzo domination starts in 2011 and will run as long as Aussie and seppo media darlings keep up their little girls acts. Gabriel Medina is your new king. Long live the king.

    Brazzo 4 Life

  • hey jester

    It wasn’t “Surfer’s” choice, it was the actual “surfers” that kept clicking on it that made it one of the top stories. These are the “most trafficked” stories not the most important, intellectually stimulating, useful, etc. stories. Blame your peers.

    Aside from nudity, a little latent racism will really get those numbers up.

  • http://www.uk-drdrebeats.org beats by dre uk

    NYC delivering the best waves of the Big City stops??? pffff….One day of decent waves and everyone says that contest was all time….The first 3 days leading up to the finals were in pitiful waves that no other contest would run in….SF had as good if not better waves and that was not even considered “Good” Ocean Beach.