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Zigzag June 2019

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Zigzag is one of South Africa's oldest niche titles, and the third longest running surf magazine in the world. For more than four decades we've been delivering surf journalism of the highest quality, stunning surf imagery and world class magazine production values.

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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s note

“We’re moving to Cape Town.” My father’s words were blunt and final. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, arms hanging glibly by my side, still caked in mud from my last ride. I was happy in Pretoria. The parched, open veld was the perfect place for me and my BMX gang to build tracks with our bare hands, to see just how far we could push our limits on those steel and rubber machines. That bike was my escape, a craft to take me away from the hum and drum of school. The gang were my brothers who understood just how much every ride meant. All lost in a move to the coast. My 11 year old heart was crushed. I wasn’t coming back from this. It took one wave…

2 min.
going postal

OFFSHORE STOKE Firstly Zag, thanks for keeping the stoke out here, it certainly makes its way around the ships to all the frothers. Working out at sea, whilst being a surfer, is a difficult job, and some other ous might relate to this. Let’s face it, missing out on some of the craziest winter swells and epic surf trips with the boys, sucks. But then paging through the latest Zag, instantly puts a smile on your face and makes for one epic mind surf session. I reckon some of us could be world champion mind surfers. We surf the Zag pics, wind chop over the ocean and even the wake behind the crew transport boats. The struggleisreal, boys. Butassoonaswe arrive home we pull into our local surf shop, just in time for the…

2 min.
girl’s got game

You’ve got this. Everyone else can do it, so pull yourself together and just do it. I sound like a Nike Ad. My feet are freezing and the salty water and wind is blowing straight into my eyes. But I am smiling from ear to ear. The ocean is my happy place. I spot a wave coming towards me, spin my board around and start paddling. You can do this, Camryn. I feel the wave pick me up and I attempt the dreaded “ pop-up”. I get to my feet, and in utter astonishment at not messing up, I forget to keep my balance and in less than a second, I am under the wave. It’s pulling me down, churning me around like I am a piece of cloth. Any bit…

1 min.
points of difference

A Short, high performance board allows A for a tight arc which will burn off any unnecessary speed. In turn, this gives you space to pack in more manoeuvres in a smaller area. For the surfer driven by technical proficiency, the modern thruster is an F1 car, and the wave in front of them, a track. Acceleration, better handling and the power to overtake any section. Sophie Bell in the driving seat as she enters the final straight, heading toward the checkered flag. The longboard gives you room to move and time to decide where you want to be on a wave. A more traditional line means there’s no cutting corners or race to the finish line. If the short board is the F1 car, think of the longboard as the…

3 min.
your board is bad news, bru

While thumbing through the board rack at my local core surf shop, a rather weathered looking man pulled out a soft top for closer inspection. He turned to his girlfriend and said, “We call these landfills babe, these boards only last you a couple surfs, but they’re good for learning.” His seemingly blasé attitude towards the longevity of the craft in question got us thinking about surfing’s double standard. Here’s an activity that relies on a clean and healthy ocean and inspires millions around the world towards environmental activism, but the main tool for enjoying this lifestyle is made from toxic materials that at best, after a few years of usefulness, end up in a landfill slowly contaminating the environment for a thousand years. Increasingly, more sustainable materials and methods are being…

10 min.
three’s a charm

If you count success in world titles, then Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker is probably the greatest competitive surfer South Africa has ever produced. Sit with that. Swirl the words around your mouth like an unwooded Chardonnay. Tracking Twig’s progress from skinny-legged, wide-eyed grom, with little heavy water experience, at the inaugural Red Bull Big Wave Africa in 1999, to multiple Big Wave World Champion, global surf icon, test pilot and pioneer of numerous perfect waves and threader of impossible needles. At 46 years young, Grant Baker has become something of a living legend. “I’m starting to think it’s not so difficult.” Laughs Twig. “I mean, if someone like me can do it three times.” And just like that he cuts through all that butter like a hard squeeze of lemon. 3RD CUT…