Water and waves play an essential role in the life of Morgan Maassen. In 2015 the professional photographer and filmmaker spent more than 300 days travelling across the globe – and despite his young age, the 26-year-old has already experienced a lot. "I’ve flown over glaciers in Greenland, smoked cigars in Cuba, chased penguins in South Africa and sailed between the British Virgin Islands. But no matter how exotic the location I find myself in, nothing inspires me more than my home: California," explains Maassen. His heart remains on the rough shores of his hometown, Santa Barbara. This is where he grew up and where he will always come back to. "The rugged coastlines, massive mountains, and a wild sea – I love it all. California is my lifelong passion, the place of my dreams, a catalyst for all my creativity – here I am truly one with myself."