The Top Stories Of 2012: A Look Back At The Year In Action Sports

While every year sees its share of big stories, 2012's felt epic in proportion around the world and our industry. The news media had a feeding frenzy gorging on a huge presidential and local election cycle. Europe was on the brink, the Middle East was well past it, and the US is speeding toward a fiscal cliff. Against that backdrop, the action sports industry's highlights and lowlights played out across the calendar.

We took a look back at the year’s biggest headlines as the final days of the years wind down…

January

Dyrdek In Talks With Burton To Buy Alien Workshop

Gigi Rüf Launches Slash Snowboards

2011 Full Year Core Shop Sales Grow 9.1%

February

Vail Co-President Discusses Kirkwood Purchase

Billabong Announces Partial Sale Of Nixon, Plans To Close 100-150 Stores

The State Of The Action Sports Employment Market

Billabong Receives $766 Million Purchase Offer, Requests Trading Halt

March

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Burton Celebrates 30th US Open

January Snowboard Sales Analysis

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Sunday BIZ: Inside Skullcandy 2.0

April

Nixon Co-founder Discusses Partial Sale

Travis Rice Claims '11/12 Exposure-Meter Crown, Discusses Win

Dyrdek Weighs In On DNA Distribution Purchase

Dew Tour GM Discusses Venue Cuts, Revised Strategy

Just How Bad Has The Snow Season Been?

May

DVS VP Tim Gavin On Company's June 13 Auction

Surf Summit 15—Wrap Up

Dragon Chief Executive Will Howard Discusses Details Of Acquisition

June

UPDATE: DVS Sold For $8.55 Million To Sequential Brands Group

June Mountain Closed 'Indefinitely'

Billabong Halts Trading, Announces Strategic Overhaul, Raising Capital At Significant Discount

Vans Announces New Athletic Shoe Line, Plans To Grow Revenues $1B

Rip Curl Europe Closing 5 Stores, Laying Off 47

'11/12 Snowboard Season Sales Wrap Up

Echo Mountain To Be Auctioned August 2

July

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Vail Becomes New Home Of Burton US Open

TPG Locks Deal For 24% Of Billabong Shares; Expected To Raise Purchase Offer

Mike West On Matix Purchase & Brand's Future

Quiksilver Cuts 44 Positions

August

Billabong Announces Transformation Strategy On Heels Of $275M Loss

September

Hurley And Nike To No Longer Sponsor US Open Of Surfing

US Open Of Surfing Owner IMG's James Leitz Discusses Contest's Future

Photo Gallery: Snowboarding Pioneer Tom Sims Dies Of Heart Attack

October

Hurricane Sandy Floods NYC With A Record 13 Feet

Jake Burton On Overhauling Corporate Structure, Closing The Program Brands

TWBiz Action Sports Index Hits Record High

Billabong Halts Trading Following Rumored TPG Pullout

November

Thanksgiving Weekend Sees Record Consumer Traffic And Spending

Naude Seeking Billabong Buyout

Dye VP and Vans President Weigh In On Pro-tec's Sale & Future

June Mountain To Re-Open For 2013-14 Season

December

UPDATED: Nike Transitioning All Surf Initiatives And Athletes To Hurley

Vail Resorts Acquires Two More Mountains