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Zigzag April-May 2018

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

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editor’s note

D you remember your first board? I can recall mine but can’t be sure if memory serves me correctly, because photographic evidence of it does not exist. Nobody I knew in the ’80s had a camera or a phone permanently stashed in their pocket.When I stopped by a pawn shop recently, however, I came across a rad 5’4” G-Force thruster and was instantly taken back two and a half decades to my first sled. It had the same flat deck and boxy rails, vibrant vector artwork, and three tiny glassed-on fins. And even though it turns out that it now cost a whole lot more than it did all those years ago, I just had to have it. A sound investment.Surprisingly, I’ve grown a bit in the past thirty years,…

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DROP THE ZAG A LINE ON LETTERS@ZIGZAG.C0.ZA AND BE HEARDTRADING WAX FOR TAXI’m writing from the back seat of our Land Cruiser as it wades through the desert heat. In front are my parents. We are driving back to Windhoek from Swakopmund, where we’d competed in the annual Sandman Triathlon.While my dad unleashes the wrath of hell on the cruise-control function, I reached for my headphones and my new Zag. I bought the mag two days ago in the local CNA. I was actually hoping for a cycling or running magazine to desperately scrutinize the triathlon tips and available tri tech.Instead I opted for the latest Zag, as there was no such tydskrif. It was an easy choice. There is no other magazine that writes so beautifully and truthfully, and…

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roots manoeuvre

So I see via the inter-web that the WSL are migrating their free-to-view webcasts over to a paid channel, also known as Facebook, or Facebook Watch, or some nonsense.It raises questions as to how much you’re prepared to pay to watch shit hot surfers lay into perfect walls (think J-Bay a-la Felipe Toledo). How-much-would-you-pay?Have you ever paddled out and the waves are bowling both ways, and you pull off a carve or top turn that feels insane?Have you ever surfed when the water is so clean that you can see the little sand ridges in the ocean bed?Have you ever had a glassy arvo session, when the water is so still it feels like syrup?Have you ever watched a mate wear a solid four-foot lip on the head, or make…

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points of difference

Every year ahead of the upcoming Dream Tour season, Jordy Smith spends a few weeks back home preparing for another run at the title. Jords takes the time to fine-tune boards and techniques, more often than not scoring some sick cyclone swell along the way.“Best Durban I’ve surfed in 10 years,” he told us once this swell from cyclone Berguitta had subsided. ©PATTERSON Flip the page for a different perspective.Durban local Blane Wood, on the other hand, was just charging a few before heading into work for the day. ©SMITH ■…

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shark eyes

Omphalophobia, the fear of belly buttons. Now this story has nothing to do with innies or outies but does relate back to the heebie-jeebies, a feeling familiar to most. Early dawnies or late arvo sessions have the power to tap into our subconscious and warp any dark patch in the water into a scene out of that shitty Blake Lively movie The Shallows.So, what’s the best way to get peace of mind out on our liquid playground? Well, for some it’s by busting a fat set of goofy eyes on the bottom of their stick. Sounds crazy, but Shark Eyes are real and gaining traction as a visual deterrent brought to you from the kelp bed by perlemoen divers. These underwater ranchers have wilder non-baited encounters with sharks than anyone…

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part one naming rights

A bird’s-eye view of the aptly named Darts and its bullseye. (©BEITZ)IF or all the attention we give waves, we don’t spend much time thinking about where their names come from.Perhaps this is because not many of us actually get to name them. After all, naming rights go to the pioneer, and in a world that gets smaller by the day, that’s becoming a most rare privilege.But when you do happen to stumble across something noteworthy – say a new, untouched slab that is as heavy as it is beautiful – that brings about a whole new dilemma: How do you decide what to call it?Looking back, the name we chose might have had something to do with the 20 reef passes we pored over on Google Earth – passes…