When Gerry Lopez first surfed Uluwatu in 1974, the fabled Balinese wave was magical, empty and pristine. Gerry returned to Uluwatu 40 years later to find it bustling, developed and profoundly changed. After a week of surfing and yoga, however, Gerry tapped into a spirit of place that continues to endure.
PROJECT CLEAN ULUWATU Uluwatu has been a holy place for the Balinese for centuries, and since the early ‘70s has become an iconic location for surfers. It was revealed to the surfing world in the classic 1972 film Morning of the Earth. Two years later, world famous surf pioneer Gerry Lopez surfed the wave and launched Uluwatu into the mainstream spotlight. Its booming popularity however has placed huge development pressure on the area, and with no environmental controls in place, hard rubbish and leaking effluent have flushed down from the cliffs above and into the Uluwatu’s fabled waters. Project Clean Uluwatu was founded by expat surfers, and now needs help to facilitate the handover of the group’s work to the Uluwatu locals.
Please donate to help keep this iconic place sacred and intact for locals and visitors alike:
In the Summer 2016 issue of DGZ we hit the road with Thomas Bexon, Kai Ellice-Flint and Ryan Glover for Easy Slider. The Visitor is a collection of stories written by Ziggy Alberts, Ricardo Christie, Skip James, Tim O’Connor, Sean Peggs, Richard Hodder and Tim Carter about what visiting a foreign land means to them. We look into the work of Raglan artist Sam Mathers. Cam Neate jumps on to Facebook chat for a candid interview with Toby Cregan of Skegss and Mark McInnis takes us on a visual journey through Chile with Cam Richards, Noah Wegrich and Hank Gaskell.
Our regular features and departments are balanced with a superlative gallery of photography, once again delivering a very tidy and memorable surf-centric magazine that will sit perfectly on your coffee table.
From the pages of DGZ Issue 16… ‘Everybody Knows this is Nowhere’ here is the film and photographic journal…
Thanks to Instagram and Tumblr, we are well versed in the knowledge that the true meaning of adventure is to lay in a cold tent at the top of a sacred mountain, sip single origin coffee from your vintage-replica camping cup and take #35mm photos of your every move. Waves or no waves, this is the new way to do trips right? Well imagine going back to the pre-smart phone age for second and channelling the vibes of an O.G surf trip. Keep it basic, dial in the swell, load the wagon and listen to some punk. Visit the bakery as often as possible, sleep in a weird motel, talk about babes and psych on your favourite surfers. Sometimes it’s nice to keep it real.
Starring the visitors from California Noah Wegrich, Pat Curren, and Wilem Banks, while hosted by New Zealand regulars Johnny Hicks and Elliot Paerata Reid.
Finless master and stoke enthusiast, Rangi Ormond, spend some quality time sliding some warm water waves in California with Jack Coleman. Here’s a little glimpse into some of the sessions they shared. Rangi is buttering up the wave faces with one of Derek Hynd’s elusive FFFF sleds prior to hopping on a thruster and displaying his versatility of shred.
It went something like this…two campers, an interesting mix of surfies from three different countries -Rangi Ormond (Whangamata, NZ) Jesse Steelman (California, USA) and Asher Pacey (Gold Coast, Australia). With three weeks on our hands the only plan was, not to have one, except to have as much fun as possible exploring the South Island of Aotearoa. We ended up checking out the West, East and South coasts as well as everywhere and everything in between, if it wasn’t for the ferry to Stewart Island, we would have driven there too. Somewhere along the way the journey morphed into ‘Tail to Tip’ and we decided it would be a good idea to then drive all the way to top of the North Island. Clocking up well over 4000ks on the road in three weeks. The following, as always, is a photographic diary of the good times shared in the water & on the road.
We have a new online store operation, run in collaboration with the good folk at Thanks. No matter if your in Tokoyo, Invercargill, or Wallamaloo, you can get DGZ shipped to ya door! We’ve just dropped off a batch of new tee’s and stocked the shelves full of every Issue from 2 right through to Issue 11. And to celebrate we have put together a sweet playlist for Thanks shoppers & all ya’ll folk online to enjoy.