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North Devon Editorial Photography | Daisy the surfing cow | Croyde.

I don’t shoot much if any editorial style photography, but occasionally I get the chance. Whilst covering Goldcoast Oceanfest this year I got a call about a cow, loose on Croyde beach. After one unsuccessful sweep of the beach I almost gave up, but a chance conversation with a security guard for the event pointed me in the right direction. So back onto Croyde beach I went. The cow / steer / bullock had bolted from it’s farm, jumped down a cliff face about 15-18ft high, then clambered over the rocks and into the sea for a dip. The incident closed some of the beach whilst the owners, coastguards and RNLI tried to coax the happy surfer back onto dry land. After about 30-45mins Daisy (not the cows real name) was safe and on it;s way back to the farm. I had to follow the cow back to the farm to get the final happy ending shot even if it resulted in me getting a tad sunburnt!! But good to know the story had a happy ending.

The images have already appeared on various online news websites including, This is North Devon, Daily Mail Online, Mediaite, theworldweshare plus other news sites. A trip to the newsagents this morning will see if it gets published in hard copy. Please note all images are copyrighted to me – Matt Fryer Photography and must not be used without express written permission. If you wish to use / license any of these images from me then please contact me direct via the contact form on this site.

  • Andrew Short - Great images, seen many things whilst surfing but never a cow on the break…The cow certainly looks as if he was OK, possibly faired better than the guy about to take a pounding in the surf on the wave behind the cow…great shot!ReplyCancel

  • Greg Hopkins - Great Story. Thanks for sharing.


  • wayne copp - Hi Matt

    the guy in the surf getting hold of that steer is me!! Great pics you got – I had no idea anyone had any shots. That steer was a natural – at no point was he distressed in the water – he was relaxed and stretched out his stroke once he realised he could swim!! He got a bit cross when I first grabbed him – I thnk he wanted to go back out and score some more waves. It was definitely “locals only” as far as he was concerned – he seemed really stoked that the break and part of the beach had been cleared for him……….!


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  • simon - nice Matt….certainly makes a change to see a cow in the water at Croyde! had a storming session there on sunday evening – perfect croyde barrels with a beautiful sunset….was a long time in coming but was worth the wait. hope all is well.ReplyCancel

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