13 in '13: GJ's 13 Craziest Things of the Year

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It was the best of years, it was the worst of years. We saw a lot of good things happen and we saw some things that kinda bugged us. From the death of Buttons and Chris Love to the Riot at the Open and the 100-foot wave in Europe. So much, so fast. Here's a look at 13 of the most nuttiest things that happened in the world of surf in 2013.

13. Sam George's Eddie Aikau Doc on ESPN
Have you ever seen anything so cool on normal television? When ESPN ran this on national TV it really blew us away. The film sets a whole new standard for talking surf story on the big screen. And whilst the Taylor Steele stuff will always be epic, we haven't been this stoked on a surf flick since we screened Five Summer Stories at our Buttons benefit at Lido a few months ago …

12. Maya Gabeira and Carlos Burle's Incident at Nazare … oh and Laird's Claim
Whether it's Burle's 100-foot wave or Gabby almost drowning trying to catch one, for a few days a couple months back there wasn't a single person in the surf world not talking about that 100 foot wave (not that anyone has forgotten about McNamara's the previous year). And then Laird came out and talked about it. We're not pointing fingers, picking sides or any of that other stuff, but that was some good rhetoric and caused a little uproar in the big wave community.

11. The final day of the Billabong Pipe Masters
Nuff said. This was the sickest day of pro surfing we've seen, if not for the drama, the surfing. John John and Kelly in the final. Kelly winning. Mick Fanning getting to the semis doing what he had to do to win the world title. All time. And the look on CJ Hobgood's face when he was sitting out the back after Mick's wave in Round 5 … the whole day was timeless.

10. The death of Chris Love and the birth of Drug Free Surfing Movement
When Chris Love died earlier this year something had to happen. And one surfer/photographer named John Salanoa was the person to get it going. He started a DFS sticker campaign and earned the support of some of the world's best surfers. He's on a mission to save lives, and as far as we know, no other young surfers have died since Chris. Hats off to John for kickstarting the Drug Free Surfing Movement. It's more alive now than ever.

9. The HB Riots at the Vans US Open of Surfing
The Vans US Open would make this list anyway because it was the first time they've ever sponsored the biggest surf event on the planet. The riots after the final put a little bit of a stain on it but it's nothing we're gonna trip on. Still, riots or not, the Vans US Open of Surfing was a big deal and next year is only going to be better … or will it?

8. Anastasia Ashley's Twerking
Over 6,000,000 views on You Tube and growing on our mind more each passing week. Did it really happen? Did she do it on purpose? Was it all set up? Doesn't matter. Anastasia's brilliant.

7. Dustin Barca Vs. GMO Corporations
Big corporations are poisoning the lands in Hawaii and no one likes it. No one hates it more than Dustin has been doing everything in his power to stop the GMOs. For the past year and longer, Dustin woke up everyday thinking about it and falling asleep each night thinking about more. His voice would be heard. Has been heard. The people get it. But will the corporations? Our heart is with Dustin and his crusade into 2014 and beyond. We have faith the people of Hawaii will win.

6. The New ASP World Tour
It was bound to happen. The ASP was basically going through the motions, each event's sponsor having total control of the webcast, putting their biased staff behind the mic and interviewing all the surfers. This just isn't right. While it's entertaining and extra fun for staffers it just doesn't work out that well. So the ASP sold to Zosea Media, bought the Big Wave World Tour and is out to conquer the world in 2014. Can't wait to see how that all rolls out come March at Snapper.

5. The Death of Buttons
This hit the world by storm. It hurt the world ten fold. Buttons was a surfing icon and one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. His surfing was far ahead of his time and after battling his demons for so many years he seemed to find a new peace in life with wife and children and an epic surf school on the North Shore. The world came together in hopes that he would beat it but in the end the cancer took his life. He is gone but will never be forgotten. Buttons we love you and will see you on the other side.

4. The Coming of Age of Tia Blanco
There's one girl surfer who kicked a little more ass in 2013 than any other amateur surfer we can think of. Tia went on a rampage in the Open Women's NSSA and won back to back to back to back events, over and over, taking the title and holding down the top of the NSSA Open Women's rankings. And she's still there…. on top of all that she might be the next best thing to happen to women's surfing since Alana Blanchard. No joke. She's the real deal and with model good looks it's only a matter of time before some company much larger than Volcom takes her under their wing and pays her a million bucks to do it all over again for their brand. But for now, she's Volcom all the way and isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

3. XXL Big Wave Challenge founder Bill Sharp Reinstates the Newport Surf Council to Help City of NB Change Outdated Blackball Regulations
This is still in the works but in late 2013 the rebirth of the Newport Surf Council took shape and made some suggestions to the Newport City Council, or the Blackball Working Group, rather, that should change the way we surf in Newport for years to come. It might not happen this summer, but it will happen the next. Change is coming and the blackball, in some parts of Newport, could be a thing of the past.

2. The death of Transworld Surf
This was a big deal but it seems now to be more of a publicity stunt than anything. TWS never went anywhere. They still produced a special edition, the website is more alive than ever and their online presence has all but disappeared. But the news was a big deal. Grind Media bought up and axed the title so their two Er and Ing titles could take the lead on newsstands, because face it, Transworld was kicking their ass.

1. Ghetto Juice Magazine, Yo!
You didn't think this wouldn't make the list now did ya? Of course it was another epic year for the biggest little surf mag in the world. Eight epic issues and a lot of good times, including Airshows, Grab Bag contests and a couple movie premiers that went off the charts. Expect more greatness in 2014.

This top ten 13 list is dedicated to the memory of Kirk Passmore. —- by Skip Snead


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It was the best of years, it was the worst of years. We saw a lot of good things happen and we saw some things that kinda bugged us. From the death of Buttons and Chris Love to the Riot at the Open and the 100-foot wave in Europe. So much, so fast. Here's a look at 13 of the most nuttiest things that happened in the world of surf in 2013.

13. Sam George's Eddie Aikau Doc on ESPN
Have you ever seen anything so cool on normal television? When ESPN ran this on national TV it really blew us away. The film sets a whole new standard for talking surf story on the big screen. And whilst the Taylor Steele stuff will always be epic, we haven't been this stoked on a surf flick since we screened Five Summer Stories at our Buttons benefit at Lido a few months ago …

12. Maya Gabeira and Carlos Burle's Incident at Nazare … oh and Laird's Claim
Whether it's Burle's 100-foot wave or Gabby almost drowning trying to catch one, for a few days a couple months back there wasn't a single person in the surf world not talking about that 100 foot wave (not that anyone has forgotten about McNamara's the previous year). And then Laird came out and talked about it. We're not pointing fingers, picking sides or any of that other stuff, but that was some good rhetoric and caused a little uproar in the big wave community.

11. The final day of the Billabong Pipe Masters
Nuff said. This was the sickest day of pro surfing we've seen, if not for the drama, the surfing. John John and Kelly in the final. Kelly winning. Mick Fanning getting to the semis doing what he had to do to win the world title. All time. And the look on CJ Hobgood's face when he was sitting out the back after Mick's wave in Round 5 … the whole day was timeless.

10. The death of Chris Love and the birth of Drug Free Surfing Movement
When Chris Love died earlier this year something had to happen. And one surfer/photographer named John Salanoa was the person to get it going. He started a DFS sticker campaign and earned the support of some of the world's best surfers. He's on a mission to save lives, and as far as we know, no other young surfers have died since Chris. Hats off to John for kickstarting the Drug Free Surfing Movement. It's more alive now than ever.

9. The HB Riots at the Vans US Open of Surfing
The Vans US Open would make this list anyway because it was the first time they've ever sponsored the biggest surf event on the planet. The riots after the final put a little bit of a stain on it but it's nothing we're gonna trip on. Still, riots or not, the Vans US Open of Surfing was a big deal and next year is only going to be better … or will it?

8. Anastasia Ashley's Twerking
Over 6,000,000 views on You Tube and growing on our mind more each passing week. Did it really happen? Did she do it on purpose? Was it all set up? Doesn't matter. Anastasia's brilliant.

7. Dustin Barca Vs. GMO Corporations
Big corporations are poisoning the lands in Hawaii and no one likes it. No one hates it more than Dustin has been doing everything in his power to stop the GMOs. For the past year and longer, Dustin woke up everyday thinking about it and falling asleep each night thinking about more. His voice would be heard. Has been heard. The people get it. But will the corporations? Our heart is with Dustin and his crusade into 2014 and beyond. We have faith the people of Hawaii will win.

6. The New ASP World Tour
It was bound to happen. The ASP was basically going through the motions, each event's sponsor having total control of the webcast, putting their biased staff behind the mic and interviewing all the surfers. This just isn't right. While it's entertaining and extra fun for staffers it just doesn't work out that well. So the ASP sold to Zosea Media, bought the Big Wave World Tour and is out to conquer the world in 2014. Can't wait to see how that all rolls out come March at Snapper.

5. The Death of Buttons
This hit the world by storm. It hurt the world ten fold. Buttons was a surfing icon and one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. His surfing was far ahead of his time and after battling his demons for so many years he seemed to find a new peace in life with wife and children and an epic surf school on the North Shore. The world came together in hopes that he would beat it but in the end the cancer took his life. He is gone but will never be forgotten. Buttons we love you and will see you on the other side.

4. The Coming of Age of Tia Blanco
There's one girl surfer who kicked a little more ass in 2013 than any other amateur surfer we can think of. Tia went on a rampage in the Open Women's NSSA and won back to back to back to back events, over and over, taking the title and holding down the top of the NSSA Open Women's rankings. And she's still there…. on top of all that she might be the next best thing to happen to women's surfing since Alana Blanchard. No joke. She's the real deal and with model good looks it's only a matter of time before some company much larger than Volcom takes her under their wing and pays her a million bucks to do it all over again for their brand. But for now, she's Volcom all the way and isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

3. XXL Big Wave Challenge founder Bill Sharp Reinstates the Newport Surf Council to Help City of NB Change Outdated Blackball Regulations
This is still in the works but in late 2013 the rebirth of the Newport Surf Council took shape and made some suggestions to the Newport City Council, or the Blackball Working Group, rather, that should change the way we surf in Newport for years to come. It might not happen this summer, but it will happen the next. Change is coming and the blackball, in some parts of Newport, could be a thing of the past.

2. The death of Transworld Surf
This was a big deal but it seems now to be more of a publicity stunt than anything. TWS never went anywhere. They still produced a special edition, the website is more alive than ever and their online presence has all but disappeared. But the news was a big deal. Grind Media bought up and axed the title so their two Er and Ing titles could take the lead on newsstands, because face it, Transworld was kicking their ass.

1. Ghetto Juice Magazine, Yo!
You didn't think this wouldn't make the list now did ya? Of course it was another epic year for the biggest little surf mag in the world. Eight epic issues and a lot of good times, including Airshows, Grab Bag contests and a couple movie premiers that went off the charts. Expect more greatness in 2014.

This top ten 13 list is dedicated to the memory of Kirk Passmore. —- by Skip Snead

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