DIRECTOR/PRODUCER, PIERCE MICHAEL KAVANAGH
Pierce Michael Kavanagh grew up in La Jolla, California just up the beach from the notorious reef break Windansea. The mystical legend and lore of the local reefs, and its amazing surfers, was instilled into his psyche from a very young age. Pierce’s passion in filmmaking began at an early age, as a ‘grom’ lugging around a VHS camera. It evolved naturally through his love for surfing, skating and the magazines and movies from the 80s, and led to him studying film making at the University of California, in Santa Barbara, USA.
Manufacturing Stoke is the debut documentary feature for Pierce’s film production company Misfit Pictures. He says, “We are very proud of what we have accomplished, surfing is sacred to me, so a lot of thought went into the making of this film”. The critically acclaimed documentary is screening internationally, encouraging a wider discussion on the issues around sustainable surfing.