9. Sponsors Are A-Changing
Photograph By Sebas Romero/Red Bull Content Pool
In 2013, many brands in skateboarding and BMX suffered economic setbacks and were forced to scale back their pro teams. As a result, this year had an unusually high number of sponsor changes among pro athletes, including a slew of BMX athletes leaving Premium, Haro Bikes and others. The upside? Many athletes took control of their own brands, launched companies and negotiated other deals with new brands.