15 February, 2018 15 February, 2018
Photographer:Eugene Rabe / Surfer: Greg Lubner

Throwback Thursday – 1981

Alright, time to get seriously retro and take it back to mid-thigh length baggies and floral disco shirts. This Throwback Thursday we take a groovy laid back ride to 1981. To get a handle on the times, back then a brand spanking new Toyota Corolla would set you back a whopping R4879, you cant even buy an Xbox for that these days.

A little taste of what happened in 1981:

1.) MTV was launched in August of 1981. Remember when it was only music television? Those were the days.
2.) The wreck of the Titanic was found.
3.) Artificial sweetener, aspartame, is approved by the FDA. It just goes to show that it’s true that liberal use of white powder in the ’80s is what led to the downfall of humanity.

Anyway back to the focal point of this throwback. Noordhoek, The Hoek, we all know it and we all love it, but of late there has been some negative attention overshadowing the cooking waves this year. Not a big news reader, then take a look here at what has happened over the past 2 months.  The article below talks us through the early unknown days of the Hoek from the discovery of the wave to the O.G’s that charged it harder than anyone back then. If your eyes are akin to the archives from which this article was pulled, a little dated, we can act as a new age optometrist. Simply click on the image and the fullscreen version will open in a new tab. As usual, tucked in-between the folds is a tune to help tack you back in time, the songs were selected by a member of the Zag team who was born in the year of 1981. 




Nowadays you can find the likes of Deen Hill (below) tearing up this Western Cape dream, Jordy even popped by and gave the exposed beach break a piece of his mind not too long ago whilst getting his pre-season training down. Despite the negative press lately, the area remains one of South Africa’s most beautiful and secluded getaways, especially for surfers.   

Photographer: Daniel Grebe/ Surfer: Deen Hill


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