I was asked to gaze into my crystal ball and here are my five predictions for the year ahead.
1 - There will be a new ASP World Champion in 2013 and his name will be Jordy Smith.
2 - A bunch of new discoveries around the continent including the unveiling of the new J-Bay: a 2km righthand pointbreak on the East coast of Africa. Yes that is right.
3 - A wave of previously disadvantaged surfers in the lineups of Africa, and then a surge of competitors on the WQS, much like the Brazilians are experiencing now.
4 - The return of the Big Wave Africa Dungeons contest on the new ASP Big Wave World Tour.
5 - More surfers = more shark attacks.
Latest episode of Fergal Smith's fantastic Growing series
Noah Lane and Matt Smith head out off the radar to the Scottish Islands, hot on the pursuit of slabs
Travers Adler glides along the Californian coast in style
Lucas Silveira charging heaving pits at Mexpipe
A double serving of sickness for Kalani David during his fix of tropical barrels