Chris Aguilar

Home Town: 
Palos Verdes, CA

I have always had a thing for pictures. Moving ones and still ones. My father was into photography, so it's no surprise I credit that love to him. My sister set out in life to be a marine biologist, and through her we learned a deep appreciation for the ocean and everything in it. I stumbled and fumbled around with still cameras most my life, but when I was sidelined on a surf trip and started shooting video instead of surfing, I discovered video making. In 2007, I stood on a SUP board in Hawaii for the first time. I was hooked. I did the Rock 2 Rock in 2011 (22 miles from Catalina to San Pedro) and combined my love of filmmaking and the sport. I shot the very first Battle of the Paddle, made a same day edit of the next one that got over 10,000 views overnight. 

I got lucky to be invited by Morgan Hoesterey to document her crossing all the Hawaiian Island channels for the film Destination 3 Degrees (SUP Movie of the Year, 2011) and have been making videos for events such as Molokai 2 Oahu and other major races ever since (as well as two other award winning films). In 2013, I finally got into prone paddling. Living in South Bay, I had always been intrigued by the sport. I fell in love with it! Since 2013, I have participated in the 32 mile Chattajack on a prone board and in 2015, fulfilled a lifelong goal of completing the Catalina Classic. I am always torn between paddling and shooting - I love both equally. I am lucky to paddle with Joe Bark and his crew. They are more than friends, they are family. I am so lucky to integrate things that I love to do with the things I am passionate about. Surftech is a big part of my life long pursuit of finding and telling stories about this special community. 

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