You don't get great storytelling without superb bookending: Start strong and end stronger. Lucky for us in the world of surfing, that's exactly how 2016 unfolded.
From El Niño bombs at Jaws in February to midnight sessions under Norway's northern lights in December, it's all packed into the edit above. Throw in top-tier talent with the likes of Mick Fanning, Jamie O'Brien, Anthony Walsh and Mason Ho, and you get an edit worth watching end-to-end.
Of course, great surfers can't do it all on their own — they need great filmers to bring to action to your screens. So, this year we tapped some of the best including Jacob Wooden, Matt Kleiner, Alex Laurel and Maui Media Cartel, amongst others. Take one last look at the year that was, and then buckle up for an epic 2017.