Wanna know what we've been digging in 2012?
At the end of each year we ask a selection of our staff what excited them over the past twelve months â their favourite brands, skaters, movies, restaurants, gigs, etc.
There's always a few surprises in there so read on to reveal more â¦
R1 Staff Picks of the Year 2012:
Nicky Howells : R1 Skate Team Rider
Brand:Â Rip ânâ Dip
T-Shirt Graphic: Rip ânâ Dip cats
Sneakers:Â DC Mikey Taylors
Board Graphic:Â Kill City x crv wkd
Song/Songs: Machine Gun Kelly - Edge of Destruction
Album:Â Â Machine Gun Kelly - Lace Up
Video Game: Fifa 13
Event: Newquay Board Masters
Skate DVD/Edit: Death Skateboards Ordinary Madness
TV Show:Â Made in Chelsea
Skater:Â Â Jake Collins
Restaurant:Â Asian Spicy
Boozer / Club: The Bank, Gloucester Rd, Bristol
Skate Spot: Lloyds (always!)
In 2013 Iâm looking forward to:Â Skateboarding & traveling
Colette Earley: Marketing Assistant
Â Brand:Â Â Carhartt
Sneakers:Â Â Nike Janoskis
Song/Songs: Ben Howard â Oats in the Water
Album:Â Â The Weeknd - Trilogy
Book: The Hunger Games
Video Game: I only play Tekken Tag Tournament
Gig: Brand New at the O2 in Bristol
Movie:Â I havenât seen it yet, but I know itâs going to be The Hobbit
Event:Â My two trips toÂ Paris.
TV Show:Â Coronation Street
Restaurant:Â Nandos, every time.
2012 was amazing because:Â I hadÂ the bestÂ Summer
In 2013 Iâm looking forward to: an even better Summer
Josh Arnott : Hardware Genius
Brand:Â Â 5boro/skateboard cafe
Sneakers:Â Â Vans Chukka
Board Graphic: DGK Love Park Kalis/Williams
Song/Songs: Charles Bradley - The World
Album:Â Â Kendric Lamar - Good Kid m.a.a.dÂ City
Event: End of the world
Skate DVD/Edit: 5boro Join or Die
TV Show: South Park
Skater: Elijah Berle
Boozer / Club: The Windmill is my local
Skate Spot: Radlands Plaza
2012 was Amazing Because: Skate Cafe trip to Bordeaux
In 2013 Iâm looking forward to: Skateboarding/travelling
Will Radula-ScottÂ : Â R1 Snowboard Team Rider
Brand:Â Â Rad Gloves
Sneakers:Â Â Vans LXVI Variable
SnowBoard Graphic:Â Nitro T1
Song/Songs:Â Frank Ocean â Lost / Sharon Van Etten - Serpents
Album:Â Â Alt-JÂ - An Awesome Wave
Video Game: Skate 2/3
Movie:Â The Campaign
Event: Snowbombing 2012
Snowboard DVD/Edit: Holy Smokes
TV Show:Â South Park
Skater:Â Â Austyn Gillette
2012 was amazing because: I had loads of rad times with my friends.
In 2013 Iâm looking forward to:Â Continue having rad times with my friends.
Leigh Kimpton : Marketing Manager
Sneakers:Â Â Makepeace's Pink Nike Dunk SB's (Concepts)
Song/Songs:Â Little Mix - DNA
Album:Â Â Alt J â An Awesome Wave
Book: Slaughterhouse 5 â Kurt Vonnegut
Gig:Â Black Keys @ Alexander Palace
Event: London 2012 (Especially the Running bits)
TV Show: 30 Rock
Skater:Â Chad (Always)
Restaurant:Â La Gavroche
Boozer / Club: The Hunter S, London
2012 was amazing because: I went to Sri Lanka and didn't get abducted by the Tamil Tigers.
In 2013 Iâm looking forward to:Â I'm getting married.
Nick Ousley : Senior Hardware Trader
Brand: Forum Snowboards RIP
T-Shirt Graphic:Â Anything from The Hundreds x Don Pendleton range!
Sneakers:Â Adidas Busenitz â 3 years running!!!
Board Graphic: Polar Pontus Alv Hangtime / Stereo 89rpm R1 Exclusive
Song/Songs:Â Glassjaw â Ape Dos Mil / Justice â New Lands / Mariachi el Bronx - Sleepwalking
Book: Game of Thrones
Video Game:Â Lego Batman 2 â DC Super Heroes / FIFA 13
Gig:Â Faith No More shows at Hammersmith Apollo & Brixton Academy
Movie:Â Batman â Dark Knight Rises
Skate DVD/Edit: Uh, thereâs this one out called Pretty something?! That one
TV Show:Â The Walking Dead
Skater:Â Â Guy Mariano
Restaurant:Â Gaucho Piccadilly
Boozer / Club:Â The Eagle, Hammersmith
In 2013 Iâm looking forward to:Â Finally quitting smoking!
Rich Westby : Senior Creative
T-Shirt Graphic: WeMoto Biggie Juicy
Sneakers: Adidas Busenitz
Board Graphic: Stereo "89RPM"
Song/Songs: Stone Roses "Standing Here" live at Heaton Park
Album: PoliÃ§a "Give You The Ghost"
Book: Chester Himes "A Rage In Harlem" (Re-issue)
Video Game: Star Wars Angry Birds
Gig: Stone Roses, Heaton Park, Manchester
Movie: The Rum Diary
Event: Stone Roses Heaton Park
Skate DVD/Edit: Third Foot Tour Summer Vacation
TV Show: Romanzo Criminale
Skater: Jason Lewer
Restaurant: Dragon Express
Boozer / Club: Golden Lion
Skate Spot: Broadmarsh Banks RIP
2012 was amazing because: My son was bornâ¦
In 2013 Iâm looking forward to: Watching him grow a year older.
Ross Wilson : Creative Projects
Brand:Â Â Apple
T-Shirt Graphic: Supreme Vienna Tee
Sneakers:Â Nike Flyknit / AJ IV Retros
Board Graphic:Â All of the 5Boro âJoin Or Dieâ decks
Song/Songs: A$AP Rocky â Goldie / Rick Ross â Stay Scheminâ / Julio Bashmore â Au Seve / Solange â Losing You
Album:Â Â Lana Del Ray â Born To Die / The Heavy â The Glorious Dead / Frank Ocean â Channel Orange
Book: Alan Partridge â I, Partridge
Gig: Jay-Z / Kanye West â Watch The Throne tour at the O2, London
Movie:Â Killer Joe
Event: R1 Free Skate Day 2 & 3
Skate DVD/Edit: David Gonzalez âPossessed to Skateâ
TV Show:Â Homeland
Skater:Â The Trunk Boyz (all of âem)
Restaurant:Â Les Halles, Park Ave, New York (Tonyâs OG spot)
Boozer: Max Fish, Ludlow St, NYC
Club: All of the ones Iâm DJing at!
Skate Spot: Dean Lane forever
2012 was amazing because: A lot of very good things happened!
In 2013 Iâm looking forward to: Good times all the time.
Aaron Greenslade : Buying Manager
Brand: Acapulco Gold / Carhartt
T-Shirt Graphic: Real x Odd Future 'Donut' / Rook 'Biggie Baby'
Sneakers: Nike Roshe / Supra Owen / Vans Authentic
Board Graphic: Landscape 'Liquid Sword' / Stereo '89rpm' R1 Exclusive
Song/Songs: Drake - Take Care (Ft. Rihanna)
Album:Â Â Ben Howard - Every Kingdom
Gig: Jay Z & Kayne West - Watch the Throne - O2 Arena
TV Show:Â Homeland (Series 2)
2012 was amazing because: generally hanging out with my family and being a Dad is amazing but also having made several trips overseas (both for work and on personal vacations) were awesome.
In 2013 Iâm looking forward to:Â The birth of my son and being the best man at my best mates wedding
Andy Makepeace : Accessories Trader
T-Shirt Graphic: 5050 x 5Boro Join or Die T-Shirt.
Sneakers: Es Square Two in all tan.
Board Graphic: 5050 x 5Boro Join or Die Board.
Song/Songs: Lana Del Rey â National Anthem
Album: Lana Del Rey â Born to Die
Book: Havenât read one so I guess Sidewalk if that counts?
Video Game: Fifaâ13
Gig: I am a granddad and havenât gone out all year.
Event: Moving in with my wench.
Skate DVD/Edit: Pretty Sweet
TV Show: South Park
Boozer / Club: The Plough, Easton.
Skate Spot: College Green
2012 was amazing because: If you are reading this then the world didnât end!
Chris Gallop : Assistant Photographer
Sneakers:Â Vans Stage 4.
Board Graphic:Â Alien Workshop X Keith Haring.
Song/Songs: Jessie Ware- Sweet Talk.
Album: Tame Impala- Lonerism
Movie: The Dark Knight Rises.
Skate DVD/Edit: Life Splicing No. 005: Gilbert Crockett.
TV Show: Eastbound and Down.
Skater:Â Homer Simpson trying to jump Spingfield Gorge.
Restaurant:Â The White Hart (Â£2.50 for a meal on Sundays!)
Boozer / Club: The Old Bookshop / JAVA with the lads.
Skate Spot: Dean Lane.
Mike Hayter : eCommerce Manager
Brand:Â Â Altamont
T-Shirt Graphic:Â Rook âRot fatherâ
Sneakers:Â Supreme x Nike Air Force 1
Board Graphic:Â DGK Rodrigo TX Processed Pro Deck
Song/Songs: Public EnemyÂ - Harder than you Think
Album: TheÂ XX â Coexist
Video Game: Black Ops 2
Gig: Olympics Opening Ceremony
Movie:Â The Dark Knight Rises
Event: The Olympics
Skate DVD/Edit: Pretty Sweet
TV Show:Â Boardwalk Empire
Skater:Â Â David Gonzalez
Restaurant:Â The Mint Room in Bath
2012 was amazing because: The Olympics brought back pride in our great nation, something sadly lacking most of the time.
In 2013 Iâm looking forward to: A nice hot summerâ¦. fingers crossed!