Top 10 Searched Skaters of 2012

This is a hot article every year when we tally the results: Ever wonder who was popular in 2012? Have you spent countless hours arguing with your friends or with the skate nerds at your local shop about who's really more popular than who? Well, we compiled the Top 10 skaters that you searched for on Click on through to find out who had you scouring the internet for their photos and videos.


Willow had a big year with a part in almost’s 5-Incher, then he went pro with his Willow’s World solo part. Plus etnies’ Euro style, a cameo on Sheckler Sessions, and more.

9. Mike Mo

Mike Mo got on DC in 2012 and dropped a much anticipated part in Pretty Sweet. He hit the road with DC and took some zings from Will Arnett.

8. Ryan Sheckler

A big year for Sheckler: He went hard at Street League and X Games, won the Dew Tour streetstyle in SF, was all over the place with Plan B, Sheckler Sessions debuted (Cousin Bruce!), and he ended the year by dropping some heavy moves in his new etnies shoe.

7. Paul Rodriguez

Paul was unstoppable in 2012. After stopping by to shred our park, he won X Games street, got his first Street League win in Arizona, his Life video series debuted, and he’s filming tough for his shop Primitive’s video dropping in 2013.

6. Theotis Beasley

Theotis and Johan Stuckey at Nike’s Made For Skate launch in November.

Proof that Theotis’ smile and demeanor are irresistible. His enormous Pay Day went off on our site, getting more submissions than we’ve ever had. He ripped it up at the beach with Nike, signed to Roc Nation, and dropped his new personal Website. You could say the future is looking bright for Thee-Thee.

5. Dylan Rieder

Team Handsome checking in: Dylan clocked more footage in more parts of The Cinematographer Project than anyone. In addition to being a stand out at the Street League stops, Dylan put his skate knowledge on the line for one of the most memorable episodes of Skate Nerd we’ve ever filmed. An extended Aussie holiday and opening his own shop in NYC kept his 2012 busy. Gravis RIP.

4. Chris Cole

Chris spent One Day With us in March, then went on to win CPH Pro. Always a heavy contender in Street League, Chris made it to the NJ Championships. He crushed Europe with the DC team, ripped it up at the Johnny Romano Skate Jam in Houston, and he also wished everyone a Merry Christmas from his shop Reign in Pennsylvania. Cold War is coming!

3. Nyjah Huston

Another banner year for Nyjah. He started it off snagging three trophies at our Skate Awards. He won 3 out of 4 Street League stops, won street at Dew Tour, won the street portion of Johnny Romano, and killed every roadtrip he went on. DC pro shoe coming next year.

2. Chaz Ortiz

Chaz started off the year with some ripping footage in RB’s The Cinematographer Project part. Some say he got robbed at Tampa… He held it down in Street League and dropped The Chaz Ortiz video in June. Add to that list Zoo’s True East, and Chaz is one of the most prolific pros working today.

1. Sean Malto

Hardflip. Photo: Hlavacek.

It’s safe to call him the Golden Child at this point. The most searched skater for three years in a row. After joining Nike on the first of the year, Sean kept it hot at Street League and Tampa, went up against Jimmy Carlin in Skate Nerd, hit the beach with Nike, and Florida with Fourstar. He helped put out his hometown’s shop video, kept the fashionistas on their toes in Milan, and he’s even available for weddings. A Pretty Sweet year for the King Of Kansas City. His Girl part was the cherry on top.