If you want to chase the waves, the surfing board is not enough anymore. You need a proper car for that as well. Filmmaker Morgan Maassen and amateur surfer Nole Cossart go on a road trip with the Mercedes-Benz GLC through California.
After going round the world in 300 days, 26-year filmmaker and pro photographer Morgan Maasen switched to something closer to home.
“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.
Born in Santa Barbara, California, Maasen can’t stay away from nature for long. Cities are exhausting him, so he needs to cut off from civilization completely, every once in a while.
“I’m extremely curious, and nature holds all of the answers I seek. 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”, he says.
Friends since forever, Morgan Maasen and half-seaman, how-cowboy Nole Cossart, went on a trip to explore their home land, California. Zig-zagging in and out of the coast, they drove to the mountains of Santa Ynez, went hiking through the Los Padres Forest, traversed the dunes of Point Reyes and drove on to Big Sur, what the Californians say is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The Mercedes-Benz GLC was committed to taking them back home safe and sound.
“Nole’s style in the water is flawlessly smooth; every moment has got a rhythm. On land, it is that of a delicate confidence and respect”, explains Maassen, the man who finds something unique at every step. But his adventures go beyond the perfect scenery and the perfect wave.
“I’ve been swimming with whales, I slept outside under a sky full of stars and I’ve been riding perfect waves. But I’ve also nearly drowned once in Australia, dodged Stone fish in Reunion island and been circled by sharks in the Bahamas. I live for these experiences, for I grow and mature with every moment of joy and struggle thrown at me”, he tells.