The Best Surf Trip I've Ever Been On: With Creed McTaggart
Creed McTaggart is one of the most exciting and impressive free-surfers cruising around the Northern Rivers region. But when the West Oz raised 23-year-old is not out in the water, he's in the practice shed with his good mates and now band members of Wash. The band were part of the lineup at the Surfing World Camp in April where they blew the top off the tipi and the guys are determined to be back for the next edition at The Farm on the NSW South Coast in September.
To remind us just how great it is to get out under the gum trees with your family and mates for waves and good times we talked to Creed about his best surf/camp trip. It's one that every Australian should undertake in their lifetime.
Coastalwatch: So what has been the best surfing camp trip you've ever been on?
Creed McTaggart: I think I've only been on a couple. Two years ago Toby Creegan, Beau Foster, Duncan McFarlane and myself stacked up a Land Cruiser in Margaret River and hit the road. Over three weeks we just hugged the coastline crossing the Nullarbor, passing Bells, up along the NSW coast to arrive back in Byron Bay. What can I say, it made me realise how diverse and amazing this country is. I don’t wanna leave this place.
CW: That's a massive drive, what were some of the best spots you stopped at along the way?
CM: Driving across the desert was pretty cool and just so beautiful. Bells and Winki were pumping when we arrived in Victoria and I’d never surfed there before. The NSW south coast was epic too, so many remote locations with amazing waves. We were so lucky, we got good waves pretty much the whole trip without even looking at the forecast and most of the time we didn’t know where we were heading. Oh, we got to see the Cosmic Psychos on the trip too. Our band hadn’t been formed yet and I think the trip was a big inspiration for us all.
CW: Camping and surfing along a lot of that route can be pretty dangerous.
CM: Yeah there were some dodgy experiences for sure. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many kangaroos as I did in the desert. That made driving dicey. There would have been hundreds of roos in a pack and when one turned and changed direction they’d all follow.
We got bogged nearly everyday out there. None of us were really too good with a 4-wheel-drive so it was pretty entertaining.
We met some pretty classic people along the way too, as you can imagine.
CW: What kind of boards do you pack for a trip like that with so many varying conditions and waves?
CM: I took with me my 6’3, two 6’0s and a fish, ah and my bodyboard that I took out at some fun little slabs along the way.
CW: Most crucial camping items?
CM: My swag. I’m in love with it. I love setting it up, sleeping in it, it’s just the best. There was nothing better than having a nice feed on the fire, falling asleep under the stars and waking up to perfect waves somewhere on our crazy coastline.
So yeah, swag is a must, head-torch, a good camp chair, cooking utensils (pots and pans). You can never have enough water. Even if you think you’ve taken enough get more.
CW: You and WASH made it to the SW Camp at Treachery earlier this year. What'd you think of the camp vibes there?
CM: I was at the Surfing World Camp this year. I couldn’t get over how many people were there. We’d just been on tour with the band for two weeks and played about ten shows so we’d been slowly killing ourselves. It was so nice to turn up and be by the beach at Seal Rocks. There were people surfing the pumping waves, doing yoga, kids hanging around, it was such a warm and awesome feeling. It was pissing down with rain but it didn’t even matter, everyone was so happy to be there, dancing, talking, surfing.
Has this got you hanging out for a weekend away? On the edge of your seat wishing you were surfing an empty lineup with your best mates, followed by beers around a camp fire and the best vibes possible? Surfing World Camp has got you sorted. September 29 - Oct 2nd - a weekend of pure stoke. Check out all the details at HERE!
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