As the youngest winner ever, 19yr old Morgan Maassen stunned the audience and judges with his radical vision of the surf world. He also took home the “People’s Choice” award from the audience pool full of photog favorites like Rob Machado, Taj Burrow, Kolohe Andino, and Jamie O’Brien.
Picture pioneer Aaron Chang took the stage to introduce the talented finalist whose artistic approaches ranged from progressive surfing specialist Billy Watts of San Diego, to Brooks Institute student Corey Wilson, and Outter Banks warrior Matt Lusk. SWELL happily sponsored the 5K grant to encourage this young talent to raise the bar of surf photography that “Flame” so passionately pursued.
Morgan’s credited his family for making world-travel a priority in his childhood.
So you think that one wave during your last session where you went over the falls was pretty bad right? what was it, maybe 6 feet out there? maybe..? Most normal people can hardly fathom the feelings the big wave guys have when they get tossed at Jaws or Mav’s right?
Now, just put your self behind Professional Kayaker Tyler Brandts’ paddle for a minute and imagine falling an amazing 186 feet into a rock filled hole filled with churning water pouring onto you hundreds of gallons per minute… oh and he broke a record in the process!
WHAT WAS THIS GUY THINKING!?! a situation surfers try to avoid at all costs is something that makes this thrill seekers day!
(skip to 1:30 for the money shot and hold your breathe)