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A Story About Community – by Ffion Atkins

by zigzag / posted on 20 hours ago

An entertaining encounter with a local fishwife got Ffion Atkins thinking. ‘A Story About Community’ is her entry into our Write to Surf competition, which has some great prizes up for grabs (see below for details). *** A Story About Community – by: Ffion Atkins This is a story about community. As surfers, we know […]


16 Waves That Will Change Your Life! (Vol 30.8 – 2006)

by zigzag / posted on 23 hours ago

Pull out a map, bust open the piggybank, pack your bags and get ready for some life-altering waves. For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we take you back eight years to Zag Issue 30.8 (2006), in which we featured this guide to some of the best spots on this spinning blue planet. (click images to view […]


Surf Ninja – Dylan Stone

by zigzag / posted on 2 days ago

In his youth, this wave assassin’s 1000km/h shredding earned him sponsors and trips to exotic locations. Having wound down a gear in the past few years, he prefers to stay closer to home, where you can find him patiently fishing alongside a riverbank, or still absolutely ripping apart the breaks near his home in the […]


In The Beginning – by Brett Shearer

by zigzag / posted on 7 days ago

In this piece titled ‘In The Beginning’, Brett Shearer ponders the influence surfing has upon our lives. It’s his second entry into our Write to Surf competition, which has some great prizes up for grabs (see below for details). *** IN THE BEGINNING – by: Brett Shearer In the beginning it was all laughter and […]


A Journey To Java – by Gareth Billimore

by zigzag / posted on 16 July, 2014

After a chance encounter with a knowledgeable local and tired of battling the crowds in Bali, our author heads off to remote West Java. Check out Gareth Billimore’s entry into our Write to Surf competition, which has some great prizes up for grabs (see below for details). *** A JOURNEY TO JAVA - by: Gareth Billimore […]


The Warrior Spirit

by zigzag / posted on 15 July, 2014

It was while staring at this image of Fred Pattachia taking care of business in Round 3 at the J-Bay Open when it hit home. [click image to view larger] Although it is a solid point-scoring turn by the Hawaiian, if we’re being honest, it’s standard when compared to the hundreds of images we scan […]


Surf Ninja – Philip Visagie

by zigzag / posted on 14 July, 2014
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Raised in a family of surfers, this wave assassin possesses a quick and powerful style and can be spotted shredding all over the West Coast from Big Bay to Elands Bay. Meet his week’s Surf Ninja, Phil Visagie… NAME: Philip Visagie. AGE: 23 LOCAL SPOT: Anywhere between Tableview and Melkbos. BEST THING ABOUT SURFING? Getting cooking […]


Bluff Legend Rescued From Near Drowning

by zigzag / posted on 13 July, 2014

Legendary Bluff charger, Rudy Palmboom Snr, had a close call yesterday after a long hold-down caused him to blackout while surfing in front of his home at Ansteys Beach. Thankfully he wasn’t surfing alone and was pulled from the water and rushed to hospital, where he is expected to make a full recovery. Rudy rules […]


Beers With Biolos

by zigzag / posted on 13 July, 2014

At journo school they teach you to stay impartial and level-headed, never to be in awe of the people you interview so as to stay neutral in your portrayal. Okay, sure…maybe that works for the news media. For someone who grew up in the area, July and the annual influx of the pros was always […]


Cyclone Jade (2009)

by zigzag / posted on 10 July, 2014

With all attention focussed on Supertubes as the world’s best contest the J-Bay Open, we throw you back to March 2009 when cyclone Jade sent super tubes to Durban’s New Pier. The tenth cyclone of the ’09 South Western Indian Ocean season, Jade produced three straight days of sand-churning barrels for the Golden Mile, and […]