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The year in action sports, 2012

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Lil Wayne

Photograph By Alli

When Forbes magazine released a list of the highest-paid celebrities under 30, Lil Wayne came in at number eight, earning close to $27 million in 2011. So when Wayne announced in 2012 that he was quitting the rap game to concentrate on skating, the world took notice. This year we saw videos of Lil Wayne skating at San Francisco's Double Rock skatepark, cruising around the course at Street League events, popping up at X Games Los Angeles and even opening a skatepark in his hometown of New Orleans. During a live chat at X Games, Wayne described waking up in the morning and thinking about skating and landing kickflips. Every skateboarder knows that feeling, and if it took Wayne 30 years to figure that out, so be it.