The year in action sports, 2012

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Hurricane Sandy strikes

Photograph By Ryan Struck

In a very rare weather phenomenon, Hurricane Sandy combined with a strong Atlantic low-pressure system and smashed right into New Jersey, leaving a path of destruction on the New Jersey and New York coasts 220 miles long. It has been called the second most devastating hurricane to hit the U.S., but the surf community is leading the charge to rebuild.