Surfers have been relying on neoprene since the ‘50s, but it’s a non-renewable, petroleum-based material with an energy-intensive manufacturing process. It’s nasty stuff all round and for a long time surfers have had no other alternative until now… Introducing the world’s first Neoprene free wetsuit by Patagonia.
The new suit is made from Yulex natural rubber, which removes 99% of impurities and comes from plants grown and harvested in a certified carbon-neutral cycle. (FSC standard by the Rainforest Alliance)
Rather than keeping this new rubber to themselves, Patagonia and Yulex will again share this groundbreaking innovation with other companies, hoping to create a shift toward cleaner and better materials throughout the surf industry.
Sounds pretty legit to us! For more info check out Patagonia
In the Autumn 2016 issue of DGZ we head to the hidden pacific paradise of Norfolk Island with Alex Dive and Johnny Hicks in ‘The Pine Times’. Enter the wonderful world of Dave Rastovich in ‘Fish & Trips’, where things get weird after dark. Kiwi band The Raw Nerves confess their love for Bob Seger, red meat and punk rock. We talk ‘New Noise’ with the colourful Wellington artist known as Beach Boy and Fern Levack shares her handmade creations as our profile artist for the issue. Photographer Mark Smith sets sail onboard the Rainbow Warrior in the thought provoking piece ‘End of the longline’, which tackles the issue of Tuna fishing. Chris Burkard takes up ‘On the road’ while Ellis Ericson stacks his books and Creed McTaggart shares his favourite’s in ‘under the influence’. And last but not least, we park up with local legends in our feature article ‘Parking Lot’ an insight into NZ’s most iconic surf spot car parks.
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Kiwi filmmaker & DGZ contributor Luke McPake has been busy working on a documentary piece titled ‘Land of the Long White Stain’ A love letter to music on the margins in NZ. The film centers on a brood of genre-bending Auckland musicians, among them Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing, Seth Frightening, and Shab Orkestra. Directed by writer and musician Claire Duncan (Dear Time’s Waste), the film fuses digital film formats into a rip-roaring 30-minute musical tour of an Auckland sub-culture.
Land of the Long White Stain will premiere Thursday July 2nd, at the Wine Cellar (AK) with live performances by Seth Frightening, Wet Nurses of Sodom and Joy Disease
Thomas has spent many years handcrafting surfboards as a profession. Staying away from the norm, Thomas chooses his own path by creating unique boards for a diverse range of surfers. The film was shot on location on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. HANDCRAFTED : Thomas Bexon is the first short written, directed and produced by Mick Soiza.