Every year we take a long, reflective look at what flourished and what withered on SurferMag.com in hopes of better serving our viewership. As we’ve come to find out, one thing we can expect from our viewers is consistency.

You want sex. You want freakishly huge waves. And more disturbingly, you want shark attacks. While we try to avoid unnecessary abuse of the latter out of respect for unnecessary fear-mongering and the universe’s inevitably karmic tendencies, there were were an abundance in emotionally-charged superlatives this year, and here’s what you decided you liked most.

Have a look and it’s easy to understand why.

Top 10 Photo Galleries of 2009

10. Portfolio: Ron Stoner

Classic images from SURFER’S most well-respected lensman.

9. Meet North America’s Newest Monster Slab: The Yeti

The Pacific Northwest is home to plenty of mean inhabitants…including the Yeti.

8. Wipeouts and Women of the North Shore 2009

This year’s version of last year’s idea. Two things that never fail to turn heads on the North Shore…

7. Massive South Swell Pulses Through Pacific

With the shift in seasons came the shift in swell directions…and a welcome one at that.

6. Inside New England with Nick LaVecchia and Brian Nevins

The life of a surfer isn’t all sunshine and sand. Welcome to the world of frostbite and wind burn.

5. SURFER Poll 2009 Photo of the Year Nominees

Classic images from the year – from the world’s best surf photographers.

4. The First California Swell of 2009, Part Two

This was among the most hyped swells in a long time. Good thing the swell finally showed up.

3. A Day in the Life of Alana Blanchard

Every surfer dude’s dream come true: a day with Kauaian bombshell Alana Blanchard.

2. Clark Little Portfolio: Shore Pounding Bliss

Clark Little’s shore break photography made big news this year on Good Morning America. The surf world took notice too.

1. Wipeouts and Women of the North Shore 2008

This gallery made the top five of the 2008 list in just five days. As a result, it was a tough one to beat after racking up a year’s worth of page views. Nearly two million to be exact.

Check out the most viewed photo galleries of 2008.