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Lava Girl Surf | News & Features

Film Festival Interview | Filmmaker Morgan Maassen for 'Frankie'

Davina Grincevicius

Morgan Maassen's films on Frankie (in Hawaii & Tahiti)  were selected for the 2014 NY Women's Surf Film Festival | Women of the Seven Seas. For your chance to see it on the big screen, join us this Saturday August 16th, at 7:00pm at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. 

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Where did you grow up?

Santa Barbara, California

What was your concept for your movies featuring Frankie?

Frankie is an incredibly talented young surfer who loves to travel the world and push herself in waves of consequence. i set out to document her experiencing both the beauty of the ocean in these places, as well as her sheer surfing talent.

How did you meet Frankie and come to film her in Hawaii and Tahiti?

I've known Frankie for some years through shooting for Billabong Women's. We are both young, passionate, driven people who share the common interests of surfing and traveling, so it was only natural we schemed up trips to and waves to visit.

What was some of the challenges in making these films?

Swimming in big surf with my waterhousing, timing swell forecasts perfectly, and finding time to make these trips happen between our busy schedules. 

It looks like you travel a lot with your films, where has been your favorite place to visit and shoot?

Without question the Kimberly mountains of northern Australia; i've never experienced such magnificent beauty. 

What can't you live without when you travel?

A good pair of swim trunks, noise-canceling headphones and Cliff Bars.

Where do you find your personal inspiration?  

Traveling, the ocean, and being an avid surfer myself :)

Whats next for Morgan Maassen?

I have a crazy schedule of photo shoots, film projects, so lots more travel underway!

Morgan Maassen is a photographer and filmmaker, based in Los Angeles, California. He has been interviewed for publications such as Wired, ESPN, Stab Photolyfe, Empire Ave & Lomography. He has also won the 2013 Red Bull Illume "Lifestyle" Winner, 2013 Red Bull Illume "Athlete's Choice" Winner , 2013 Monster Children Black & White Finalist  & 2010 Follow The Light Grant Recipient. TO find out more about Morgan go to his website