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Publisher Andy Davis - andy@zigzag.co.za Guest Editors Will Bendix & Alan Van Gysen Online Editor Sean Kelly - sean@zigzag.co.za Design Studio Kronk - info@studiokronk.com Subscriptions & Surf shops Charlene Mazery - charlene@zigzag.co.za Contributor
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True Grit
In a 1972 issue of International Surfing Magazine, a feature about the state of surfing in South Africa focussed much of its attention on two young cousins from Durban, Shaun and Michael Tomson. Shaun, the article asserted, was probably the better su
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Renaissance Woman
First memory of being in the water? I was six years old and my dad pushed me onto my very first wave at Tofo, in Mozambique. I was riding his 9’0 pink Natural Curve longboard – we still have that board! I fell in love with surfing and have been in th
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Crab Island
Kakuni means 'crab' in Maldivian. We named this wave after the infestation of crabs on the island off which it breaks. The whole island floor seemed to undulate with the critters, to the point that they’d climb up your legs if you stood still for too
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End Days
Back in April, the world was a simpler place. We only had to deal with a pandemic and a few corona cops – not the breakdown of social order, the upending of world geopolitics, and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Since the lockdo
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Conquistadors Of The Useless
3 QUESTIONS 1 DO YOU WANT TO SURF THE BEST WAVES OF YOUR LIFE? 2 CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? 3 ARE YOU ABLE TO MEET ME AT THE AIRPORT AT 6AM TOMORROW? What would you do if the same questions were pinged to you by a famous surf photographer on a Monday mor
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Head On The James Lowe Story
I wiggled my toes, then moved my legs. Next, I swung my arms, checking for injuries that my adrenalin might have masked. Miraculously, I was okay. I was alive and I wasn't hurt. Thank you Lord, I thought, thank you! Moments earlier, I’d been cruising
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Following The Lines
This photo was taken at the wave that would later become known as The Snake. The area is home to a large fishing community, and for these fishermen, the daily struggle to feed their families is back-breaking. Crews of three to four men paddle hundred
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Making Myth
What has surf photography got to do with the evolution of surf culture? Everything. Absolutely everything. Before the rise of video and social media, the pre-digital currency on which the act of riding waves hung was the old-fashioned magazine pic. I
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Buys’s Guide 2020
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OFF THE Leash The Ben Trovato Column
Andy ‘your column’s late’ Davis once again left it to the last minute to give me a fake deadline. The theme for this issue was the capturing of moments, of transformation and representation, the making of myths… I laid the phone down gently and slipp
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Double-up
It was 1977 – I’d just won the world title and MR had just unveiled his new twin-fin design in Hawaii. Mark and I were very competitive. We both wanted to be considered the best guy in the world, be it free surfing or in contests, and Off the Wall wa
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The Longing
Nobody from Bulawayo surfs. Indeed, it is an impossible task. But before I get ahead of myself: you may never have heard of Bulawayo, so I should probably state its genesis. This hidden diamond lies tucked away in the south-west of Zimbabwe, and was
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Checkout
The overall plan for this issue was to theme it around photography but, rather than a stock-standard ‘photo issue’, the idea was to dig deeper and draw out compelling stories around the medium and the people who dedicate their lives to it. We’ll be t
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Andy Davis - andy@zigzag.co.za Glen Drysdale - glen@zigzag.co.za Greg Ewing - greg@zigzag.co.za Sean Kelly - sean@zigzag.co.za Studio Kronk - info@studiokronk.com Cameron Lofstrand - cam@zigzag.co.za Charlene Mazery - charlene@zigzag.co.za Darren Sim
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Editor’s Note
Coronavirus. Economic depression. Loadshedding. Record unemployment. Unfathomable political corruption. A weak Rand. Rising petrol and food prices. Crumbling State Owned Enterprises. But here’s the circuit breaker: you can still go surfing. Nothing w
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In Praise Of Rubber
Essentially you only need two pieces of equipment to surf. The surfboard and the wetsuit. The surfboard is a necessity. The wetsuit, a nice to have. Don’t agree? Just rewind to the early days before rubber. People still surfed places like the Outerko
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Going Postal
DROP THE ZAG A LINE ON LETTERS@ZIGZAG.C0.ZA AND BE HEARD No one knows the true definition of a perfect surfing community, but I tell you what, mine was pretty damn close! I recently moved to Mossel Bay but my heart longs for the place I found the rea
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Points Of Difference
Cold water is a reality for the Cape Town surfer. Against the backdrop of fynbos covered mountains, when the water looks inviting, it never is. Cast aside any notions of firing barrels in boardies. Instead, reach for the steamer and encase yourself i
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Shark Rash
Legs spread almost a meter wide. Each knee pressing down on a pectoral fin. Lactic acid building in my forearms from applying downward pressure. All the while the skin of a 3m+ six-gill shark chafes away at my inner thighs. Due to the fact its verteb
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Banyak Dreaming
I met Alex a while before this trip, as well as the guys who were filming, like Jimmy Jazz and Tom Hawkins the photographer, they’re super creative individuals. Being around people who have an appreciation for different things when it comes to surfin
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All In. The Rise Of Matt Mcgillivray
7am. 140 metres above sea level. Matt stares into the abyss that stretches out below the bridge, heart racing. Adrenaline pumping. Cars drive past, slow down. hoot and flash their lights to make certain he isn’t a jumper whose life has run into a cul
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Undone. The Laura Enever Story
Growing up at Narrabeen, right in this hardcore surf zone, we grew up respecting the elders so much, there’s a real order you don’t see in other places. You go to all these other breaks, like Lowers in California and it’s everyone for themselves. At
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One Night In Suva
I think many surf stories start with a girl or end with a girl. And so it was that I left Durban’s Louis Botha Airport in 1998 for Los Angeles, desperately needing a change of scenery after my girlfriend changed her’s. California is such a good place
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People Like Us
Name: Jordan Talbot. Nickname: Jordy or Jords. Local spot: Llandudno. Occupation: Junior illustrator. Favourite board: 5’8” Ferral pistol whip. Signature move: Weightless speedy high line. West Coast or East Coast & why: Weskus. I feel so exposed up
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Shot Bru
You’ve got to have minerals to surf The Rock. Thiago Camarao shows he has what it takes by driving through the pit on a heavy wave. Jurgen Botes captures the shot with perfect timing. Ticks the boxes for us. A well balanced composition that frames th
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Showcase
SHAPER: Graham Smith DIMENSIONS: 6’2” x 19 ½” x 2 9/16” - 32.5L FIN SETUP: Thruster Dark Arts is a new invitational surfboard collaboration out of San Diego, California, featuring boards from SMTH, Pyzel, Sharp Eye and Justin Ternes. The SMTH shape i
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OFF THE leash
I don’t know why I thought it was a good idea to leave Cape Town and come to Durban in mid-February. I’d like to blame the editor, but for once he’s not responsible. Nor am I, apparently. A responsible person would have stayed in the coolth of Kommet
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ALIVE & KICKING A Decade of the Donkey
Three days before, we had been struggling to make the call. A deep purple blob was hurtling towards the west coast of Africa late in the southern hemisphere winter. The text messages started pinging back and forth soon after, but right from the start
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Fade Out
The hell man you see before you, immortalised through the ink on this page, that’s Steve Rice, a young charger hailing from the Dolphin Coast of KZN. Raised on a staple diet of thick barrels in Ballito, Mr. Rice, like many young Saffas, finds himself
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