June 17th, 2010 by bryansoderlind

Winch missions can be wrought with danger — bacteria-filled water, over zealous law enforcement or unruly locals may ruin your set. But in Florida, there is another, more scaly menace to be had. Recently about an hour outside of Orlando, what started as an average winch mission with Dieter Humpsch and Reed Hansen, quickly turned into something very different. Things were going as planned, Reed landed a varial flip on the second try at the gap and was ready to move on to 360 flips. Everything seemed to be great until while walking the rope out, Reed yelled at us and looked back with a worried face, “You guys see this! Look! Hurry up! Go!”

Sure enough Reed was about 40 yards (36.576m for you smarter countries) away from a 12-foot (3.66m) gator. John fired up the winch and got Reed back in a hurry. The gator cruised up right to where Reed had been in the water and just sat there. After 10 or 15 minutes of gawking and talking about how crazy it was, we realized we were done winching unless we got rid of this gator. We started throwing rocks at it, knowing of course it has the toughest skin and they wouldn’t hurt him, but maybe get him moving. But he didn’t, so more drastic measures needed to be taken.

Reed decided to get in the water and do a gator mating call, since as any good Floridian knows, it is mating season right now. The gator turned and bee-lined right at Reed who hopped out of the water with ninja-like quickness. This didn’t please the Gator, who decided to show off and slap his tail on the water and raise his head toward us. After a little while we noticed a baby gator in the weeds next to us, not even 10 yards(9.144 m) away from us. It quickly became apparent that we were not going to be able to hit this spot that day or maybe any other day. Still though, Reed can say he swam into a Gator’s Lair and varial flipped out of it.

17 Responses to “Reed Hansen vs. The Gator”

  1. Keaton Bowlby Says:

    i saw that guy when i was there last

  2. RIley Says:

    It’s probably your spot huh Keaton?

  3. James Says:

    dammmn I.H.B. gap blowing up these days….

  4. Russell Says:


  5. Keaton Blowme Says:

    Keaton ur such a little #$%H no one cares if u were there or were there first or whatever. Im sure Reed did more in 5mins then u have ever done there….

    Ya Reed killing love seeing you out shredding behind the winch and locking in now!

  6. Keaton Bowlby Says:

    hahah ok… i was even talking about riding… just seeing a gator…
    im sure reed rode good, no doubt about that.

  8. RIley Says:

    HAHAHAHA! Yes!

  9. fish Says:

    dudes be hatin on my man keaton, chill the F out, internet beef is whack especial when you about to get a phone call… again.

  10. Dime piece Says:

    Fish, Dat Gator eats you for breaky, lunch and dins….

    Aint no way Keaton saw dat Gator, listen to dat write up, A monster….

  11. Keaton Blowme Says:

    Keaton is a spoiled rich kid who thinks he deserves so much more then he gets. Gators love fish.

  12. RIley Says:

    Dang I wasn’t gonna take it there I just like messin with Keaton. It’s all love from me Keet

  13. bobsled Says:

    I ave beeeen to alllllll gappsssss before alllllll otherrrrrssssss.

    ALL your gap are belong to us!

  14. Dustin Says:

    Nothin better than a cat fight

  15. keat has huge meat Says:

    keat has huge meat, so get off it

  16. ryan Says:

    Keaton blowme, you wish you had half the tricks that Kee has. Dont hate because he is doing something with his life other than bashing people on alliance.

  17. Ian Says:

    IHB as in indian harbor beach? I’m moving there next week where’s this at?


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