The Newport Beach Film Festival 2014 featured the film titled, XOXO, about the story of five accomplished waterwomen who get together in order to give back to their local community in Maui, Hawai’i. The film explores what it means to be a woman and how the five of them excelled to become top athletes in their respective sports. They set up camp and welcomed local young girls from 7 to 12-years-old who had never been out on a board, despite always living on the island.
Film by Fin Film Company | Soul Surf Media.
Chris Aguilar and Soul Surf Media are the producers and director behind the first stand up paddle feature film, Destination 3 Degrees that was screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. In addition, they are the producers of the Stand Up Project, a collection of mini documentaries on Stand Up Paddling.
“Even though I was raised by a single mom, I was always encouraged to do what my heart desired and do well at it,” Paige Alms shared, known as one of the very few women that charges Jaws. The Maui native loves the idea of getting together to mentor other girls out in the water.
Chris Aguilar who edited and co-produced the film commented, “I really hope the film gives a positive message to all young women and encourages them to give back to their community.”
Brent Deal who has 2 other films under his belt and is working on making an “H2O” franchise with his Stand Up Paddle films, ‘H2indO’, and ‘H2MexicO‘, decided to work on this film because he liked the idea of empowering women and feels it is highly important to make a meaningful contribution back to your local community.
Talia De Coite, an accomplished surfer and stand up paddler, has also worked with Brent Deal on ‘H2MexicO’, stated, “working on XOXO felt very relaxed, very organic, and I loved shooting at a lot of my secret Maui spots.”
Windsurfer Ashley Baxter an accomplished windsurfer felt extremely emotional when teaching the young girls to surf but admitted, “I loved watching the young girls’ faces glow once they got up on the surfboards.”
Graceful longboarder Kelly Potts has very ambitious ideas to expand what they did on the film. “I want to take the XOXO concept to other cities, other countries, everywhere. I want to help girls feel more beautiful, more confident, and more assertive. I want to help them conquer their fears. I think when you face your fears, you’ll have the best time of your life.”