Watch: The Reinvention Of Creed McTaggart In His Cult Of Freedom Part
The evolution of an adored non-singlet sporting surfer.
Creed McTaggart was the undisputed star of Globe’s 2014 masterpiece, Strange Rumblings in Shangri La.
You know, the film that earned Joe G and co. Movie of the Year at the Surfer Poll Awards, leading to Noa Deane’s drunken soliloquy on the newly-formed WSL.
Meanwhile Creed, who was just 20 at the time, surfed so well in Shangri La (most notably in the Mozambique section) that he was personally nominated for the Best Performance award. He ultimately lost to Albee Layer in Attractive Distractions, but the writing was on the wall. A new star had been born.
Then, the unexpected happened. Creed kinda… disappeared. He started a band (Wash), and fizzled out surfing’s limelight while pursuing more artistic avenues.
But in the past year or so, there’s been an evolution in Creed’s surfing. Longer boards, harder turns, a return to classic, Australian-style surfing. Dare we even call it, Margo-ian?
There’s a clip from Fun Boys II that did the rounds on Instagram a few weeks back. It’s Creed surfing a six-foot-something Dahlberg at an unmistakable Australian wedge, absolutely tearing the place to bits. Guys like Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, and Taj Burrow commented in the affirmative.
Creed’s surfing was so old that it was new again. And fucking unreal to watch. That’s continued above.
In Creed’s long-awaited Cult of Freedom part, the West Aussie samples some hometown delights then ventures to Indonesia, where after hitting a few head-high ramps, Creed chips into a couple hearty right-handers on his now synonymous step-ups. The session is almost reminiscent of Taj’s COF section at Lance’s Right, but perhaps even better because of the extension in Creed’s turns, the calm of his glide.
Hit play to see the reinvention of Creed McTaggart. You will not be disappointed.
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