Another year gone, another year of weirdness compiled. Below are the 25 trends that characterized Week in Review 2012. Kick your feet up and reminisce in all its goodness.
This is fantastic in every possible way. You need to watch this right now (with sound on).
“It’s a Shark. It’s a Shark. A Shark. It’s a Big-Ass Shark.”
A small boat, a large shark, and some cackling foreign folks.
2. AND OTHER DANGERS OF THE SEA!!
Shakira Attacked by Sea Lion, Lives to Tell the Tale
The below photo was released as proof of her attack.
3. PRO SURFERS PRODUCED SOME WEIRD VIDEOS.
Wilko and Friends
These guys are over the top.
Chancho Goes to Mexico
Featuring Sterling Spencer’s Mexican alter-ego. This may be his best one yet.
Matt Wilkinson took it over the top. Again.
Stephanie, A North Shore Warrior
For the Pipeline Pro, Volcom put together a series of Warrior Stat videos on each of the competitors. Alex Gray’s blog, TurkeyMelt.com, then featured this gem of a Warrior Stat video featuring North Shore transplant “Stephanie,” who is an expert on shredding and such.
4. PEOPLE HAD TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS.
Best Website Ever
Hair barrels. Handled.
5. IT WAS BELIEVED THAT ALL ANIMALS WANT TO SURF.
Tortoises Are Not Aquatic Reptiles
Pretty sure that makes this animal abuse?
And Once Again, Why?
7. THERE WAS A LOT OF RIDICULOUS SUP STUFF.
Laird Hamilton, as a Fireman
In a pool, on an SUP. #why
Martin Short SUPs
In the January 2013 issue of Vanity Fair.
A most ridiculous music video. And at 1:07, you will receive confirmation that the SUP fad has officially reached mainstream.
8. SURFING MADE IT INTO THE MAINSTREAM.
A Subtle Brazilian Slater Jab?
This is the homepage of UOL, the Latin American Internet provider, which serves as the biggest homepage portal in the Portuguese speaking world. Under the photo of Slater it reads, “Does baldness treatment medication cause erection disorder? Doctors answer.”
TMZ, Obviously Hurting for Content
First, they proclaimed in a story on Monday that Garrett McNamara has “Superhuman Underwater Survival Abilities,” then this:
“We’re All Part of the Tribe”
Kenny Powers, sponging in Florida in East Bound and Down.
9. AND SURFING WAS IN COMMERCIALS.
This is So Weird
10. PEOPLE GOT PERVY.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a 53-year-old William R. Ainsworth was arrested last week for posing as “15-year-old surfer boys in Florida” on Facebook and attempting to convince young girls to send him provocative photos. Be careful girls, surfer boys with “with well-defined abdominal muscles” on the Internet aren’t always what they seem.
Do You Like Girls and Dub-Step? Then You’d Like This.
It seems someone edited together a collection of different girls surf videos into an extremely intense 4-and-a-half-minute dub-step session.
10. NEWSPAPERS GOT IT ALL WRONG.
11. PRO SURFERS WERE MODELS.
Danny Fuller for Chanel
Danny appeared in a series of four 16-second videos for Chanel fragrance. Watch more here.
Nathan Fletcher Drinks Jägermeister
He earned a seat at the table. Here’s a behind-the-scenes video too.
Chris Del Moro, Male Model
Chris and his hairy face, now featured in a Zadig & Voltaire Fragrance ad campaign.
Mikey De Temple, Male Model as Well
Mikey and his spectacles, now featured in a J.Crew suit campaign.
Steph Gilmore is Big Time
The beautiful four-time World Champ, in the June issue of Vogue.
12. SURFERS STOOD UP FOR SURFERS.
Skin Dog Snaps On NOAA Officials
NOAA Officials attempt to “educate” big wave surfers on the ban against the life saving vehicles that assist the surfers. Ken “Skindog” Collins does not approve.
A Most Amazing Interaction With An Airline
Cheyne Magnusson had some bad airline service, got over-charged for his boards, etc. So he told them about it on Facebook. They then deleted it and blocked him. (Click on image to enlarge.)
13. CRAZY FEATS WERE PERFORMED.
Bethany and Nick Go Surfing
Pretty amazing. Nick can also play ball.
Bruce Surfs Teahupoo Blindfolded
Because he can.
The Kind of Sh*t Internet People Love
Animals, feats of genius, a man with a camera.
14. MEMES WERE BIG THIS YEAR.
So Hot Right Now
In early February, “Sh*t ____ Says” was the flavor of the week. Hundreds of them were produced. This week, it’s these memes. Oh, lemmings.
Here Are Three More Funny Things
Wise Words, 140 Characters at a Time
The gospel according to Jamie O’Brien.
16. THERE WERE SOME REGRETTABLE DECISIONS.
An “Absolute Clown”
This video appeared in a news article titled “No life-jacket boatie an ‘absolute clown’.” Watch with the sound on.
This Is Not a Joke
Great message, but really Kyle? A springsuit?
If you were watching the Rip Curl Pro at work this week, hopefully you turned the sound off for the commercial breaks. Otherwise, your coworkers now surely think you are the kind of human who watches porn on company time. If you did not watch the contest, hit play on the video and take a listen.
17. PEOPLE DID SOME STUPID THINGS.
Well, that’s one way to do it I guess.
Yep, That Happened
Why? is the most important question.
18. SOME QUALITY PRODUCTS WERE PUT ON SALE.
Buy it Now!
For just $1 million, this could be yours. The description says: “Imagine all the important movie star people, like Pamela Anderson and her girlfriends that have touched the board or laid on it, pressing their wet and hot bodies against its long and hard surfaces. Imagine you walking to the beach with the BayWatch Surfboard tucked under your arm and tons of women coming running towards you, wanting to be near you, to touch you, attracted to your your Masculinity, your Purity of Essence (POE).”
Wow. Just wow.
This is for real.
Fashionably Late to the Hipster Party
This week, O’Neill announced a collaboration with Pabst Blue Ribbon.
A New Trend in Asia
Goodbye sunscreen, hello face-kini.
19. MICROPHONES CAPTURED SOME AMAZING THINGS.
Amazing. Just Amazing.
Well done, boys.
The Most Amazing TV News Interview of All Time
Go to 13:55 in this video.
20. YOUTUBE PROVED, ONCE AGAIN, IT’S A PLACE FOR EVERYONE.
A Rap About a Kick Flip
Zoltan “The Magician” Torkos, the man who brought you the surfing kickflip, and then brought you another surfing kickflip, and another, and another, now brings you a rap about it. The Hippy Jump rap is expected to drop soon.
Watch this guy explains how he rides a Flo-Rider.
21. SURFERS TOOK THEIR CLOTHES OFF
Maya Gabiera Got Nakey
Last year, Steph got naked for ESPN’s body issue. This year, Maya Gabiera took it up a notch and surfed naked for this year’s issue. Ouch? To watch the video, click here.
Sage Got Nakey Too
STAB Magazine has convinced another girl to take her top off. In their current issue, California’s Sage Erickson joins Sally Fitzgibbons and Erica Hosseini in the nakey club. To accompany the images, they also released a short film entitled “Wild on the Beach,” which was wildly disappointing…because it contains no beach.
Kepa Acero Gets Even Closer to Nature
Wow. He explains more here.
So Does This Girl
Oh the things that we find “newsworthy.” A top story on the Courier Mail, featured this woman who paddled out naked in Noosa, Australia. “I’ve been surfing for almost 50 years and I have never seen anything like it,” said an onlooker. “There must have been 100 guys out there and out she paddled bold as brass.”
Jordy Smith, a Model
“Goodbye half-naked surf girls, hello half-naked Jordy,” says STAB Mag.
You can thank Dillon.
The Best Bar Mitzvah Invite We Have Ever Received
In a letter from SURFER reader Adam Teel’s uncle, we were informed of Adam’s upcoming Bar Mitzvah. It included this video, which we have deemed the Bar Mitzvah Invite of the Year.
23. POLITICS MADE IT INTO THE SURF WORLD.
Politically Incorrect Meme of the Year
A Surf Off
Someone snapped a picture of Mitt Romney boogie boarding in La Jolla. Obama bodysurfs. Who’s your president?
24. THERE WAS CONTROVERSY.
The Pun Never Stops
SPY’s “Happy to Sit on Your Face” billboard in Encinitas was taken down. They picketed. It made the national news. Bravo, marketing team. They put up a new one, “Happiness is Coming,” which they publicized in their latest press release, titled “New SPY Billboard Goes Erect.”
Slater is Watching
Apt wall art in the room where the future of the ASP was decided.
Oh Medinagate, Wasn’t That Fun?
In case you missed it, it’s summarized below.
25. AND SOME THINGS THAT WERE JUST PLAIN FUNNY.
An Amazing Anti-Marijuana Ad
…In case you need some extra persuasion.
Clay Marzo, “A Frotha”