Surf

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Alana Blanchard cruising Australia's idyllic Gold Coast on the cusp of summer? This is what every breezy surf clip wants to be when it grows up. Give it a watch, duck work early, and get to the nearest beach ASAP.

Looking for a way to spice up that morning paddle? Take a cue from this very lucky gentleman, who, while out for a leisurely paddle board session in Oceanside, California, was nearly struck by a breaching Humpback Whale. In the end, he walked away with one hell of a story and 15 minutes of internet fame, but needless to say, this could have gone much, much worse.

One of the coolest waves on the North Shore of Oahu is actually in a river. When heavy rains hit the North Shore, it's a tradition to dig out the sand to connect the Waimea River to the shorebreak at Waimea Bay. It creates one of the neatest standing waves around. It broke again recently and Zeke Lau was all over it.

El Niño has already been extremely giving (or violent, depending upon how you look at it) to the Pacific coastlines this winter. But over the weekend a massive swell lit up every big wave spot from Hawaii to California to Mexico and everywhere in between.

With that, Jaws lit up, the Todos Santos Big Wave Challenge went down, and Waimea Bay was completely shut down. Get caught up on one of the most adrenaline-packed weekends in big wave surfing to ever go down.

It's tough when you surf and there's no waves. So Carver and their C7 skateboard trucks are there to help. Attach them (with wheels) to a wooden surfboard, squeeze into your wetsuit, tie a rope around your leg, and find your nearest hill. Don't forget to wear your sneakers though, and let the concrete waves fill that void in your life.

You might remember Niccolo Porcella as the guy who had the most epic wipeout of 2015 at Teahupoo. Well, he wanted to start 2016 off right and get another terrifying wipeout at another famed big wave spot—if you don't believe us on that just watch the first 20-seconds of Porcella talking and you'll understand what we mean.

Anyways, this one was while he was kitesurfing at Jaws and when he realizes he's not going to make it he decides to bail and tries to jump over the wave. Bad idea. But Porcella is definitely a guy who enjoys the rush.

There are few people on this earth more responsible for the transcendence of music, art, film, fashion, and gender roles to all walks of life than David Bowie. The world lost the Starman on January 10, 2016 to a bout of cancer but his legacy will most certainly live on longer than all of us.

More specifically, his music has fueled generations of skaters, snowboarders, and surfers alike. Always reinventing and never satisfied with what he had just done, his was a life of innovation that continually challenged the status quo.

Skate, snow, and surf parts with David Bowie songs are some of the most memorable we've encountered. Bowie tracks have been sparingly used through these genres of videos, as if you're using a Bowie song it better be a f—king part that's going to push for part of the year.

With that said, here are the 7 best parts of our time that paired their months of stacked clips with the everlasting sounds Bowie. Goodnight and rest in peace, Starman.

Will Skudin may have just ridden the largest wave ever paddled in to at Nazare in Portugal. Now, Nazare has a history of spitting out some of the largest waves the planet has seen, so that's saying a lot. But take a look at the video and you might just agree. What do ya think?

Big wave spot Nazare in Portugal is not for the faint of heart. But it is apparently for playing the violin...

Teacher and surfer Nuno Santos tagged up with Garrett McNamara to get towed into a wave at Nazare while playing "Jingle Bells" on his violin. Who knew that we needed such an awesome thing done?

We hope you had a wonderful holiday, and while Christmas may have been a few days ago, it's not too late to enjoy all these Santas shredding out in the lineup together. Enjoy!