It’s just that the way he captures the sport is evolving. “Surfing is the backbone of my work and connects every dot of my life, passion and career,” Maassen tells us. “But, as the years have transpired, an unexpected thing has happened: While it’s been a slow and steady shift, I’ve seen my lens drift away from the peak performances of Kelly Slater and Dane Reynolds, and in the direction of Stephanie Gilmore and Josie Prendergast instead.
As I reflect on my first decade as a photographer and reminisce on all of the subject matter that has captured the attention of my lens around the world, none stands out more than the grace of a woman surfing. “From the jungles of Mexico to the atolls of Indonesia, I’ve pushed myself to document as many women as possible, across all walks of life, riding any board necessary,” Maassen continues. “And the end result of all of that was finding gratification in my photography, and a true understanding of how beautiful the sport of surfing really is.
Maassen is drawn to photographing women’s surfing for a variety of reasons. “It’s not just a single thing,” Maaseen continues. “I just began to realize that the biggest air or longest barrel no longer captivated my attention, and instead, I’ve become captivated most by the dance of women on waves.
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