One Year With Creed

posted by / Photos / August 30, 2013

This was a trip to Cabo, almost exactly a year ago. We didn’t get the best waves, but we still had a great time. It was the first time I met Joe G, Dion and the crew from Globe. Photo: Struntz

This was a trip to Cabo, almost exactly a year ago. We didn’t get the best waves, but we still had a great time. It was the first time I met Joe G, Dion and the crew from Globe. Photo: Struntz

Cabo was kind of the birth of my relationship with Epokhe — I think three months later I started riding for them. I guess you could say this trip was the beginning of the best 12 months of my life. Photo: Struntz

Cabo was kind of the birth of my relationship with Epokhe — I think three months later I started riding for them. I guess you could say this trip was the beginning of the best 12 months of my life. Photo: Struntz

This is in North Sumatra, shortly after Cabo. It was the first trip I’d ever done with Wade Goodall. I was on a single fin that Ellis Erickson shaped. We stayed on this little island for two weeks with no Internet and no TV and I loved every minute of it. Anytime I got bored riding my thruster, I just took that single fin out. I ended up catching the best waves of my trip on it. Photo: Macfarlane

This is in North Sumatra, shortly after Cabo. It was the first trip I’d ever done with Wade Goodall. I was on a single fin that Ellis Erickson shaped. We stayed on this little island for two weeks with no Internet and no TV and I loved every minute of it. Anytime I got bored riding my thruster, I just took that single fin out. I ended up catching the best waves of my trip on it. Photo: Macfarlane

This was on the Gold Coast. I spent a lot of time out east to start the year, and I stayed with Matt Wilkinson for the Quiksilver Pro. I wasn’t actually surfing much, just cruising and watching his heats. Photo: Macfarlane

This was on the Gold Coast. I spent a lot of time out east to start the year, and I stayed with Matt Wilkinson for the Quiksilver Pro. I wasn’t actually surfing much, just cruising and watching his heats. Photo: Macfarlane

I managed to catch a few waves here and there, but it’s just so crowded. The lineups are completely full that time of year. Photo: Macfarlane

I managed to catch a few waves here and there, but it’s just so crowded. The lineups are completely full that time of year. Photo: Macfarlane

I went to France for a week last fall and it was heaps of fun. Ryan Callinan, Soli Bailey, and Jack Freestone were all doing the Europe ‘QS leg and I flew over with Tanner Rozunko to hang out and surf with all those guys. Photo: Macfarlane

I went to France for a week last fall and it was heaps of fun. Ryan Callinan, Soli Bailey, and Jack Freestone were all doing the Europe ‘QS leg and I flew over with Tanner Rozunko to hang out and surf with all those guys. Photo: Macfarlane

The waves weren’t that good, but it was such a great crew and we had a hell time; checking out Biarritz, sightseeing, having beach days and all that. We were being tourists and totally loving life. Photo: Macfarlane

The waves weren’t that good, but it was such a great crew and we had a hell time; checking out Biarritz, sightseeing, having beach days and all that. We were being tourists and totally loving life. Photo: Macfarlane

We found a few funky little wedges and all the boys were going mad. I love traveling with those guys. Being around good friends makes everywhere special. Photo: Macfarlane

We found a few funky little wedges and all the boys were going mad. I love traveling with those guys. Being around good friends makes everywhere special. Photo: Macfarlane

Earlier this summer, Dion and I were in Bali and decided to go meet up with Joe G and the boy’s in the Mentawaii’s last minute. We stayed at the land camp at Macaroni’s. That place is posh. In each room there’s a TV with a channel dedicated to a camera that faces the waves at Macca’s. It’s the best shit ever. Photo: Struntz

Earlier this summer, Dion and I were in Bali and decided to go meet up with Joe G and the boy’s in the Mentawaii’s last minute. We stayed at the land camp at Macaroni’s. That place is posh. In each room there’s a TV with a channel dedicated to a camera that faces the waves at Macca’s. It’s the best shit ever. Photo: Struntz

We got solid Greenbush and Damien Hobgood was surfing so good, it was crazy. I’ve never seen anyone go that hard. He’d be sitting out the back when a full closeout would come and he’d flip around, take off under the lip and somehow get spit out at the end of the reef. He fell on one, hit the bottom and grabbed onto a coral head underwater while this eight footer was thrashing him. Then he paddled right back out and told me the story while his back was fully bleeding. He’s a fucking psycho. I was so stoked to share this session with him. Photo: Struntz

We got solid Greenbush and Damien Hobgood was surfing so good, it was crazy. I’ve never seen anyone go that hard. He’d be sitting out the back when a full closeout would come and he’d flip around, take off under the lip and somehow get spit out at the end of the reef. He fell on one, hit the bottom and grabbed onto a coral head underwater while this eight footer was thrashing him. Then he paddled right back out and told me the story while his back was fully bleeding. He’s a fucking psycho. I was so stoked to share this session with him. Photo: Struntz

This is from Boacas in April. It was such a mission to get there, but we scored this little shorey on Jack Freestone’s birthday. It was two-foot, but with perfect peaks and no one around. We surfed all day. Photo: Macfarlane

This is from Boacas in April. It was such a mission to get there, but we scored this little shorey on Jack Freestone’s birthday. It was two-foot, but with perfect peaks and no one around. We surfed all day. Photo: Macfarlane

Bocas was amazing. I loved that joint. It was so colorful, the vibes were amazing, and so were the people. Everyone was really friendly. Photo: Macfarlane

Bocas was amazing. I loved that joint. It was so colorful, the vibes were amazing, and so were the people. Everyone was really friendly. Photo: Macfarlane

Who doesn’t want to surf this? Perfect little dreamy waves with no one around. Such good times. Photo: Macfarlane

Who doesn’t want to surf this? Perfect little dreamy waves with no one around. Such good times. Photo: Macfarlane

We flew to the Pacific side of Panama for a few days after Bocas but it just wasn’t the same. We had fun, but it was hard to get the tides and swell just right and we did a lot of driving. I think I was just spoiled after Bocas. Photo: Macfarlane

We flew to the Pacific side of Panama for a few days after Bocas but it just wasn’t the same. We had fun, but it was hard to get the tides and swell just right and we did a lot of driving. I think I was just spoiled after Bocas. Photo: Macfarlane

We stayed 10 days over at Yoyo’s and half of them were amazing. There’s a river you have to cross at high tide, and one day Nate Lawrence was carrying his gear through it with water up to his chin, when a surge came and he went fully underwater and had to chuck his camera bag. It landed in the water and soaked all of his cameras, but somehow after drying in the sun they ended up being alright. Other than that, everything about this trip was amazing. Photo: Struntz

We stayed 10 days over at Yoyo’s and half of them were amazing. There’s a river you have to cross at high tide, and one day Nate Lawrence was carrying his gear through it with water up to his chin, when a surge came and he went fully underwater and had to chuck his camera bag. It landed in the water and soaked all of his cameras, but somehow after drying in the sun they ended up being alright. Other than that, everything about this trip was amazing. Photo: Struntz

It’s a cool wave. It can easily be too big or too small, but we got it just right and cleaned up. It’s so photogenic, with big cliff faces, and the wave has dreamy air wind with soft landings. Even the reef is pretty mellow. Photo: Struntz

It’s a cool wave. It can easily be too big or too small, but we got it just right and cleaned up. It’s so photogenic, with big cliff faces, and the wave has dreamy air wind with soft landings. Even the reef is pretty mellow. Photo: Struntz

This was the second time I’d gone. I love Indo. Everywhere is so much different. Each island has its own unique vibe and you always get to surf so much. Photo: Macfarlane

This was the second time I’d gone to Yoyo's. I love Indo. Everywhere is so much different. Each island has its own unique vibe and you always get to surf so much. Photo: Macfarlane

Sometimes when I travel, I don’t surf much because I spend all my time chasing waves here, there and everywhere. I’ve gotten skunked on half the trips I’ve been on this year. But every time I go to Indo, I’ve scored waves and been a full surf nazi — spending at least six hours in the water everyday, getting sunburned and loving life. Photo: Struntz

Sometimes when I travel, I don’t surf much because I spend all my time chasing waves here, there and everywhere. I’ve gotten skunked on half the trips I’ve been on this year. But every time I go to Indo, I’ve scored waves and been a full surf nazi — spending at least six hours in the water everyday, getting sunburned and loving life. Photo: Struntz

It’s rad having people come to West Oz when I’m home. I love being able to have that local knowledge and show people around. This past March was fun. The waves never got amazing, but there was fun surf everyday. Photo: Macfarlane

It’s rad having people come to West Oz when I’m home. I love being able to have that local knowledge and show people around. This past March was fun. The waves never got amazing, but there was fun surf everyday. Photo: Macfarlane

I miss home a lot, but after two weeks there I’m always ready to keep moving. There’s just not much to do besides surf and hang with friends and family. I’m headed back in a month, which is exciting, because spring is always a great time to be there. Photo: Macfarlane

I miss home a lot, but after two weeks there I’m always ready to keep moving. There’s just not much to do besides surf and hang with friends and family. I’m headed back in a month, which is exciting, because spring is always a great time to be there. Photo: Macfarlane


 
I’ve had a really busy year, but it’s been the most fun 12 months of my life. I’ve made friends with a lot of really good people that I’ve always looked up to. It’s really been a dream come true. I haven’t been home much at all; haven’t seen my friends and family in ages. That can be hard, but I have no complaints. It’s been such an amazing year. And to top it off, getting a profile in SURFING and an interview in the last TransWorld Surf — I’m over the moon at the moment. —Creed McTaggart

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2 Responses to “One Year With Creed”

  1. Bert says:

    We respect surfers all around the world, but what does it take for you fools to understand that Floridians rule all. Enough said

  2. buttholesurfer says:

    What the Fuck has this guy done to deserve the credit he is givin? Why cause sucks the entire surf industry Dick all of a sudden now he’s some surf god? This kid sucks compared to 90% of the kids in the world, but since he smokes cigs and smokes pole in Newport he gets recognition. Fucking stupid. Fuck surfing mag.

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