Cuba has almost three times as much coastline as California. Meanwhile, compared to the Golden State’s estimated one million surfers, Cuba’s surfer population hovers around 100 people. That’s an interesting contrast in cultures and experiences, which is something an all-female crew explored in Cuban Wave Riders, the story of four Cuban surfers coming across waves that have never been ridden before.
Liz Magee was born and raised on the Jersey Shore. She started surfing when she was 10, which was also the same year she received her first camera. With an interest in photography and filmmaking, she moved to New York after college, where she started working on film sets as an assistant director. Then, in 2011, Liz started to get serious about surf photography and videography. Inspired by the work of Dustin Humphrey and Taylor Steele, Liz followed up on her dreams and started planning to make her own surf documentary.
Her partner on that project, Taylor McNulty, is a documentary and adventure filmmaker from Jacksonville, Florida. Taylor has always been drawn to the ocean and the water, spending entire days in the water and on the sand growing up. Connected to the ocean in many ways, she traveled with Liz to Indonesia back in 2015 to make A Call to the Sea, a documentary about an indigenous group of people called the Bajau, who live in little huts on the water.