• Sara Strachan

Catching up with Zala Cuden on surfing and life in the tropics.

Updated: Jul 5, 2021

If you have come across Zala before you will know that she is often found in dream surf locations, living an idyllic lifestyle and surfing gnarly waves. I caught up with Zala to find out a bit more about the girl behind the instagram profile.


Please tell us a bit about yourself and how you ended up surfing in the Mentawai's?

I am Zala from Slovenia. I am 28 years old and I have been surfing for almost 10 years. I ended up surfing in Mentawais because of my job. At what age did you start surfing as there's not much surf in Slovenia and you are known for surfing some pretty big waves! 

I started quite late, when I was 19. For the first couple of years I was learning how to surf in surf camps, later I did my license for surf instructor and that’s how I started traveling a lot and teaching around the world. I wouldn’t say I am surfing big waves, but definitely bigger than at home :)


Are you currently teaching surfing in the Mentawai's or have any plans to teach again in the future? 

Currently I am teaching on Mentawais for another 3 months and then going to Spain for August and September. After that I don’t have a fixed plan yet. Tell us what is involved in being a social media manager?

I run Instagram accounts for different people. For some of the accounts I am also doing photos so that’s also a big part of it. Its definitely everyday commitment. When it comes to your everyday ritual its not hard at all.

Give us a typical 'day in the life of Zala' whilst living on the tropical Mentawai's: 

Wake up around 6am or 6.30. Eat breakfast, go for a surf or lesson. Some back, eat lunch, post instagrams, surf or lesson again, post the rest of instagrams, eat dinner, sleep at 9pm. Simple. What do you miss when you are living on a remote tropical island? 

Ice cream! And socializing…since we don’t have any bars and restaurants here…


If you could go to anywhere in the world, that you haven't yet been to, where would you go and why? 

Hawaii (just check the pictures how pretty is there!), Australia- waves are amazing! And Fiji- probably just to watch others surfing massive waves. Fresh coconut or Fresh mango juice?

Ohh that