Stab Magazine | Watch: The Reinvention Of Creed McTaggart In His Cult Of Freedom Part

'Vacation Presented By Monster Energy' Drops 5pm on Thurs, March 30 (PT)


Watch: The Reinvention Of Creed McTaggart In His Cult Of Freedom Part

The evolution of an adored non-singlet sporting surfer. 

style // Oct 23, 2019
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

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. 


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent


Why You Should Never Not Paddle Out

How an impromptu 30 minute session made a Jamaican surfer $1,000 richer.

Mar 30, 2023


“I’ve Had Two Concussions Surfing Here”

Chronicles of a Newport shore-hound.

Mar 29, 2023

Rio Waida Has Been Surfing Onshore, Oversized Bells Alone

...and he might not go home all year.

Mar 29, 2023


John Florence Releases Long-Form Piece On The 243km Great Ocean Squiggle

Tourism Victoria going, ‘he just did our job for us’.

Mar 29, 2023


Japanese Rice Farmer Enjoys Frightening Sumatran West Bowls

Kaito Ohashi is on his best behavior.

Mar 28, 2023

Watch: When People Like This Speak, We Listen

Raw, extended conversations with Clyde Aikau and Eddie Aikau winner Luke Shepardson.

Mar 28, 2023


Diamond Tail = Diamond Hands?

We'll explain everything in the Rusty D-Min Joyride.

Mar 27, 2023

Behold Australia’s Nine & NZ’s Two Challenger Series Qualifiers*

May the Southern Cross smile upon you at Snapper.

Mar 27, 2023

An Unordinary Life Structured Around A Tidal Bore

Long Read: The life and times of Pete Beachy.

Mar 26, 2023


Watch: ‘Haiku’

Scenes From a Remote Reality, by Vans & Karina Rozunko

Mar 25, 2023

Sun Room: The Overnight Success Of A Young Surf Band

What's it like touring the world and living off of McDonald's?

Mar 25, 2023

How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 6

An instructional manual for the modern professional surfer

Mar 23, 2023


Caity Simmers — Extreme Competitive Surf Vlogger

Cool is chemical.

Mar 23, 2023

Globe Pulls Out Of The Apparel Game

…and, Taj Burrow and Dion Agius are now looking for new main sponsors.

Mar 22, 2023

Owen Wright Announces Retirement From Competitive And Heavy-Water Surfing

But will surf final CT event at Bells.

Mar 22, 2023


Fancy An Ale, Some Good Music, And A Bunch Of Tubes?

Ballet's minimalist full-length will satiate your needs.

Mar 22, 2023

João Chianca Spent Seven Years On The QS Without A Sponsor

And look where he is now.

Mar 22, 2023

Take Stab’s 2023 Audience Survey, Win A 3-Board Quiver

Stab towels and Premium subscriptions also up or grabs.

Mar 21, 2023