Ever watch YouTube and you ask yourself why this person feels the need to post a video of himself singing to his ferret? Everyone feels like they have something to say or show and this is what has spurned on the growth of Twitter and YouTube. Well, I have always enjoyed writing and this seems like a great vehicle to force the world to listen to my off kilter views.  Thus, my blog was born!

 Who is this Steve guy and what is he about?

I have lead an interesting life. I was born in Hawaii and caught my first waves on the westside of Oahu. After my father retired, he decided to do the opposite of most and hauled the family off to Florida. During this time, I started to surf in contests and moved up through the ranks. I have coached several surf teams and surfers.

What is The Side Wedge?

After moving to Florida, I frequented Sebastian Inlet in its glorious days of the 1980’s. It was at this break that I learned to enjoy catching the side wedge off the jetty. Now I am based at Ponce Inlet which has similar attributes. So The Side Wedge is my homage to my local surf spots. It also my way to connect with surfers who might seek out some help in advancing their skills in the water. I also offer some stories cultivated from years of living out of a suitcase and putting on a contest singlet at some fishing town.

Please feel free to leave comments or to contact me. I am also available for coaching if you live in the Central Florida area.


Steve Z.


19 Responses to About

  1. Carlie Chew says:

    Hi, I was reading your post about New Smyrna and really liked it. I live over by Tampa and I surf on the East Coast sometimes. I’d say I see a shark every time I go out. The last time I was over on the East Coast a guy was surfing with a thick silver necklace and I was on the beach taking pictures and I could see the glare from his necklace and kept thinking that something was going to get him. Two seconds later a huge shark flew out of the water and landed right next to him, guess that was his lucky day, it decided not to bite him ha. I enjoyed reading your posts. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Tinkerbell says:

    “Everyone feels like they have something to say or show and this is what has spurned on the growth of Twitter and YouTube.”
    Care to write a post about that? You make an interesting statement. Would make for great reading (or writing).

    Love & Peace,

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  9. I found you through Surf and Fitness journey! Great to connect!
    Jessica, Turquoise Compass

  10. Thought you might want to check out our webpage and submit a story of your own for inclusion in our book; http://www.legacyofstoke.com/

  11. Stefan Helmreich says:

    Do you happen to know who owns the rights (if anyone) to the picture of Mark Mathews at Ship Stern Bluff,which you Published March 20, 2013? Am looking to reproduce it in a book and was curious if you had any leads…

    Stefan Helmreich

  12. Hi Steve! So you’re a genuine ‘surf dude’. That’s cool! I live in Florida too but not in Central Florida. You have a fun life and your blog looks like fun too. I’m a published author and blogger. I also love nature and being outdoors. Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to reading your posts and looking at all the pictures. 😀

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      Yup! Here in Florida too. When I can in the winter I venture down south since the water is warmer…just have to watch out for the sharks that spend their winters down there.

      Well, you seem to be having a lot of fun yourself. Can not beat diving in Alaska…even if you have to deck yourself out with the hood and the booties and gloves.

      Also cool that you have published your stories. I too am looking forward to reading your posts. It can only help me write better!

      Have a good week!

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  14. Hi Steve. Do you have an email address I can contact you at please?

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