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Zigzag January / February 2019

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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8 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
editor’s note

Imagine your own private Uluwatu. How about a secret Telescopes that only you and a close group of friends know about. A personal Trestles? A confidential Keramas? An undisclosed Dunes? Well, back in the winter of 2014 we travelled to Madagascar. We left on the day of the J-Bay Pro finals and it was maxing 8-10 foot at Supers. We connected with that swell two days later and pioneered a brand new wave between Flameballs and the town of Toliara. It was pumping. This was a warping, ledging beast of a barrel that sucked off the reef and threw down like Pipe and then rifled off twice as long, longer, offering multiple barrel sections. We named it Bolo Bolos after a round Madagascan biscuit we’d been scoffing on the boat. “One…

4 min.
going postal

DROP THE ZAG A LINE ON LETTERS@ZIGZAG.C0.ZA AND b E HEARD SCHOOL OF STOKE This past July, twelve schoolboys set out for Bali from the heart of Stellenbosch on Paul Roos Gymnasium’s second biennial surf tour. This tradition, which started as a “too-quickly-spoken” promise by Ms Stofberg, set an incredible example of the well-rounded education that can be offered by such a tour. I was one of the lucky boys on this tour and feel it was incredibly valuable in shaping us boys, both culturally and in our surfing ability. I believe that our school can be an example to other schools to show them what is possible. It can broaden the scope of education and help to shape more well-rounded individuals – and shredders. Bernard Combrink, Stellenbosch – Well that sure beats going on cricket…

1 min.
a double dose of vitamin sea

In ’94 I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Subsequent to all the surgery I underwent, I developed an extremely rare condition called cerebellum mutism and slipped into a semi-comatose state. Nine months later, after another op, I reached full recovery. But recovery never truly settled as depression kicked in thereafter, followed by the death of my mother. I too was deeply affected by the passing of Jess, Simon Nicholson’s wife, back in 2013. I followed the Go-Fund- Me updates religiously and it hit me to the point of tears. What pulled me out of my low was my sister and her boyfriend forcing me to go with them to Scottburgh. We stayed in a house 50m from the beach and an epic right which will, no doubt, go unnamed. Fast-forward a…

1 min.
points of difference

Outside looking in. Surfing is all about the environment: wind, weather and waves. The conditions. And the alignment of all these variables for brief moments of perfection, samadhi, presence. Surfing in so many ways is the sum of its parts. Even in the heart of the city, in water that can incubate the gnarliest ear infections, surrounded by vistas of capital, concrete and construction, you can still find the pulse of nature’s flow. Like Jordan Alexander, viewed from afar, connecting the dots, and letting fly. ©FOX Flip the page for another perspective.…

3 min.
glow in the dark shark

A shark is not the kind of creature most people fantasize about cuddling with. That Jaws stereotype still plagues our murky water mind games and, let’s face it, it’s a tough one to shake. But you’ll be happy to know that there are sharks out there that break the grim stigma and are completely harmless to humans. Meet the puffadder shyshark or skaam haai. It’s endemic to South African waters, cute as hell, and get this – it glows in the dark. The shyshark is a predator that feeds mainly on crustaceans, worms, and small bony fish. Surfers, your limbs are safe. In fact, shysharks are so chilled out that you could probably even catch them with your bare hands! (Not that we endorse shark harassment but just FYI). These reclusive and relatively…

3 min.
personal baggage

Unpacking with Jeremy Loops There’s stuff and then there’s stuff. By that we mean there’s crap that overwhelms us, that we seem preprogrammed to aspire to and consume whether we really want or need it… and then there are personal treasures! Things that are part of us and hold deeper symbolic meaning to our very being. Yes sure, they’re still things and they’re staying and we’re just passing through. But it’s fun to poke into famous surfer’s lives and look at the things they love. Jeremy Loops is a Komskom surf hippie turned global acoustic pop success. He has released two albums to date, spends more time on international tours than bobbing around at his beloved Pebbles, and has owned the stage at some of the world’s leading festivals. He rocks a…