The Most Popular Photos, Videos, and Stories of 2009


Every year we take a long, reflective look at what flourished and what withered on 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.

Top 10 Stories of 2009

10. First-Ever Presidential Shaka Thrown by Joel Patterson

9. The SURFER Profile: Darryl Flea Virostko by Kimball Taylor as featured in SURFER’S April 2009 Issue

8. The SURFER Interview: Andy Irons by Joel Patterson as featured in SURFER’S March 2009 Issue

7. Jamie O’Brien Rewrites the Book on Surf Cinematography by Jake Howard

6. Surfer Survives Battle with Great White Shark by Taylor Soppe

5. Great White Shark Sighting at Malibu by Ben Marcus

4. Nikii Makes a Bikini; Lands a Job by Zach Weisberg

3. The Ten Best Surf Towns in America as featured in SURFER’S July 2009 Issue

2. Sterling Spencer Gets Shacked on His Cell Phone by Zach Weisberg

1. April Fool’s: 100-foot Wave Surfed in Chile by Jason “Big Wave” Vasquez

Read the most popular stories on in 2008.

Top 10 Videos of 2009

10. My Eyes Won’t Dry Three

Brian Conley gives you enough inside the tube vision for a lifetime.

9. 2009 Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Nominees

A collection of rides that will leave you in disbelief.

8. Jordy Smith’s Rodeo Flip

The Red Bull surf crew heads to the Mentawai’s and Jordy Smith pulls off a freakish air.

7. …Lost’s 5′ 5″ 19 1/4 Redux: Making Magic on Little Boards

Little, tiny surfboards can be very fun.

6. Costa Rica Pumps with Ben Bougeois and Crew

The REEF Team enjoys Costa Rican perfection.

5. Kelly Slater and Manoa Drollet Score a Heaving Tahitian Slab

During the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Kelly Slater and Manoa Drollet snuck off to find their own piece of paradise.

4. Home-Made SURFER Bikini

Nikii Swiss gets industrious and makes a bikini using SURFER Magazines.

3. Alana Blanchard Rips

Not only is she gorgeous…she can surf better than you.

2. Introducing: Matt Meola

If you didn’t know who Matt Meola was before you saw this…you do now.

1. The 100-Foot Wave Video; April Fools!

We’re sorry. We didn’t think you’d really fall for it.