The year in action sports, 2012

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Most people who rode a board and watched snowboard/skateboard/BMX/surf/whatever videos in the '90s hold a particular affection for the Beastie Boys and their music, which dominated a generation's worth of soundtracks and radio airwaves. But when Adam Yauch passed away from a long battle with cancer, it evoked a particular kind of sadness for snowboarders. He might have been a rockstar, but he was also a man who held a season pass at Snowbird, woke up before dawn to get first tracks on powder days and wished he could ride like Terje. The world misses him, but we're allowed to miss him a little more, because he was one of our own...