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Zigzag August-September 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

People can be so mean! Back in issue 41.1, I revealed the nastiest thing someone has called me in the surf. But another human can make your day with a few kind words too, and I recall the nicest thing I was told while out shredding. It was back in the day when my only concerns were surfing my brains out and a doomed Damelin degree. The first of these obviously took priority, and I was in fine form. There is no substitute to surfing daily if you want to reach your top level. At the time, my surfing hero was Frankie Oberholzer. He starred in the first surf flick I ever owned; a video cassette of Beyond the Boundaries. Tom Curren was the big name in Rip Curl’s The Search series, but…

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DROP THE ZAG A LINE ON LETTERS@ZIGZAG.C0.ZA AND b E HEARD SAFFA RIGHT OF PASSAGE Any plans to feature an article on SA shaper Nick Blair? He shaped for both Mikey and Beyrick during their early trips to Australia, as well as Jordy, Shaun Joubert, Chad Du Toit, Dale Staples, etc. It was a right of passage to grab one of Nick’s boards on your way down the east coast. I am always surprised he doesn’t feature more in your mag. Craig Sims sure is ripping harder than ever on Nick’s boards. Look forward to the next issue. Matt Du Pleisis, Australia – Simsy gets better with age, it seems. Nice to hear Nick continues to shape some sick sleds too. Australia has inherited a number of SA’s top shapers over the years. Appreciate the article…

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points of difference

It’s not age but the ability to swim that is surfing’s barrier for entry. A lift to the beach is another obstacle. But if you’ve got cool parents and the desire to shred, you can get started early. This is Kai Hall, all 11-years of him, standing inside a glorious pit on the KZN coast. His old man, Wes, first paddled him out when he was three, and soon Kai was ready for something more challenging. Like his ballie, Kai digs stand-up barrels, which caught Twig’s attention. The two-time WSL Big Wave World Champ recognised something in the little stick insect, and gifted Kai this 5’9” step-up he is riding. “I was getting into the waves so early,” Kai told Zag of his equipment revelation. The added time to set his line gave…

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the q boy

Imagine you’re in your early thirties and an absolute frother. You rip, and surfing has basically been part of your life for as long as you’ve been able to swim. And then one day while driving home from work, an inebriated driver side-swipes your bike and shatters your leg beyond repair. The surgeon is left with no choice but to cut it off below the knee. The trauma can prove too much to bear for some, as they contemplate being drydocked. And with their first love taken from them, a different path, a darker path, can possibly be taken. This is Option A. But hope remains in even the most dire situation. If you’re strong-willed enough to cling onto your potential, one day you might be standing up in pits again. This is…

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11 reasons why your surfing sucks

What a cruel master surfing is. One minute you’re Jesus-like in your ability to bestride the water, the next you feel lower than a truck-stop lizard, legs jerked back over his neck by a moaning long-hauler. Suddenly, surfing is a drill blade twisting and hollowing you out! But let me kiss those salty tears away. Here are the 11 reasons your surfing is… ah…well, the reason it sucks to high heaven. Me too! Let’s investigate. 1 YOUR STANCE IS WRONG Your back foot is four inches too forward, the front foot equidistant too far back. The high-performance short board (with three fins) that you own has the twitchiest and least forgiving of dimensions and rocker. Unless that back foot is over the back fin, you aren’t turning anytime soon. And if that front…

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hidden in plain sight

IT’S 4:00AM, DARK AND QUIET IN THE SUBURBS OF DURBAN NORTH. Jordan Alexander and Ricky Basnett are lashing a collection of whips to the roof. Videographer Ryan “Cracker” Janssens and photographer Greg “The Sheriff” Ewing play Tetris with the food and bedding to make enough space for their equipment. “Don’t squash the bananas!” Whisper-shouts the guide, Ryan Ribbink, trying to keep it down and not wake the neighbours, or worse, The Sheriff’s wife. Quietly, another band of lifestyle refugees break like the wind, long before the sun and the school run, heading on that well-worn trail north. The adventure begins. In the 450-odd kilometres between Durban and Mozambique, strange things happen. The environment grows ever more tropical, villages grow more rural, poor and laid-back, punctuated more by coconuts, Lala palms, mangoes and cashews,…