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Zigzag October 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

It took three decades, but once I was all grown up – a hardened local in my early 30’s – I realised that I wouldn’t be able to change the world alone. So I scaled down my expectations and focussed on helping where I could. After a sustained search, my wife and I found our little patch on the planet, took out a home loan, and invested in a steep, rocky piece of land on the slopes of the Umbilo river valley. It had a house on it too, but the prize was the property. It’s where my plans were to be rolled-out. Over the past three years, my wife (an invertebrate and bird enthusiast) and I (the plant nut), have slowly replaced all the exotic and invasive plants on the plot…

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going postal

DROP THE ZAG A LINE ON LETTERS@ZIGZAG.C0.ZA AND BE HEARD PLASTIC PROBLEM The Zag is great, but the one thing that truly annoys me is that you regularly pack the magazine in plastic. The last time you packed it in plastic so that you could distribute plastic bags to make people aware of the plastic issue. Come on… Please re-consider this pointless plastic usage of wrapping your magazine. Not so much because you are using vast amounts, but because you are sending the wrong message to generations of ocean-loving people countrywide. Philipp Hartmann, Kommetjie – Thanks for writing in Philipp. We’re aware of the irony you mention in your letter, and have been seeking out alternatives that we’ll be rolling with soon. NO WORDS Hi guys. I’ve checked out your cool hamper giveaways for a long time…

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points of difference

All around the world, quality waves are being destroyed for one commercial reason or the other. In the Northern Cape for example, instead of world class waves like this being considered a gem, mining companies will turn the seabed upside down in search of shiny stones, often to the detriment of not only the marine life, but the wave itself – all for the centrepiece of an engagement ring or another piece of jewellery. ©FOX Flip the page for a different perspective. Sometimes it’s the wave that is considered the crowning jewel in a certain area. A town like J-Bay wouldn’t be what it is today without the world’s finest right point peeling along its rocky perimeter. With a vested interest in keeping it like it is, the town and its people have…

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the next step-up

“You could probably break it down and smoke it once you’ve finished riding her” Surfboard manufacturers never stop tinkering with their designs, adding a bit more volume here, pinching the rail there, experimenting with the tail shape, rocker, and so on, to find the recipe for the elusive ‘magic board’. It wasn’t long after chemists formulated the materials when surfboard manufacturers realised that the combo of carefully shaped polyurethane blank with a wooden stringer for strength, covered in a composite of fibreglass impregnated with polyester resin, worked perfectly. And due to popular demand, that became the industry standard for decades. The world turned and turned some more, getting dustier and more polluted along the way, before an increasing portion of the planet’s population began to take notice of the effects and the call…

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tide power

Years ago, while on a surf trip in the Maldives, I found myself getting swept backwards at a proverbial rate of knots while trying to fight against the current and paddle back to the top of the reef. I eventually gave up and resigned myself to the liquid conveyor belt running into the atoll, but it got me thinking… The Maldives had already struck me as a dichotomy. Here was a fossil fuel-burning nation that was going to be one of the first to disappear as a consequence of climate change-related sea level rise, yet it was surrounded by this tremendous energy source. Surely there had to be a way of harnessing that ocean energy and turning it into usable power? Upon returning home from the trip, I started doing some research.…

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power plants

It’s an iconic J-Bay experience to run along the Supers boardwalk and become part of the postcard moment, as a stacked set peels immaculately down the famed rocky point. The feeling of the weathered wood beneath your feet, the smell of the ocean, and the dense foliage that grows beautifully all the way down to the beach is unforgettable. Not to mention; those aloes make for a sublime frame. #instaworthy But all that gorgeous green wasn’t always there, rather it’s the work of the Supertubes Surfing Foundation, and that’s just the most recognised example of what the organisation has achieved in the surf town of Jeffreys Bay. Before all the rescued indigenous plants were re-located there, the Supers boardwalk rose out from a barren dune. This was the case because during the…