Issue 20

Five years of DGZ, 20 issues deep, and we still haven’t had a chance to show you everything. There are only so many pages we can fill in an issue.

We have a huge pile of hard-drives that hold everything we’ve ever created, covered or compiled. Thousands of megapixels sit trapped inside these bits of plastic and small metal parts, begging to be turned into ink, or at the very least just to be opened up on a screen every now and then, jogging the thoughts and memories a little.

We’ve always said a photo isn’t actually a photo until it’s printed on paper. So this issue to celebrate number 20 we’ve got a little more space, 144 pages in fact, and we’ve used them to visit the best bits from the last 19 issues and five years of DGZ. Along with this we’ve created four beautiful gallery sections in the magazine, showcasing work from some of our favourite photographers and artists. This is our chance to breathe life into some of the forgotten files.

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Flip through the Autumn that was. Back to back cyclones and record rainfall wreaked havoc in towns & city centres, the beaches, islands & river mouths were well groomed just in time for the offshore winds of April.

the more things change | film

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.

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.

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Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

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.