Action Sports

Portraits with Keenan and Noah Flegel in South Florida.

Recently I shot Keenan and Noah Flegel, world champs in their respective sports of wake boarding and wake surfing! They both got new sponsors, Noah with Hyperlite wake boards and Nautique Boats and Keenan with a new board!  Here a few of the many shots that were taken!


Recently Published work.

Here are a few places my images appeared recently. On ESPN, Surfline.com, Canadian Press Agency, and recently a cover for the Atlantic Current magazine.


Eastern Surfing Magazine Who da Guy with local ripper Cappy!

Local surf freak Cappy and I link up for a Who da guy feature in the latest ESM Aug 2013 issue.


Cover shoot and article for The Atlantic Current magazine

We got our 4th cover for The Atlantic Current Magazine, more than any other publication I have worked with!  It was about my recent trip to Indonesia on traveling there to surf.  We also shot the welcome to summer image campaign.  Here are some tear sheets from the June/July 2013 issue.  The summer image campaign were shot in Deerfield Beach, Florida


On assignment in the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia – Surf Photo trip

For the second year in a row I was asked to document a trip through the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia of the coast of Sumatra for a group of surfers from around the world.  We ventured out on a 12 day trip on the Indies Trader 3 boat with legendary captain Martin Daly and his experienced crew.  We scored perfect pumping waves the entire trip.  We shot half the time in the water and half out in the boats and skis.  Below are some of my favorite images of the trip!


Team Polaroid Action Cam Watersports Team

Here are a bunch of images we created with the Team Polaroid Action Cam World Class Wake Athletes.  Polaroid recently introduced a new line of action sports compact cameras.  Capable of shooting 1080p HD video and high quality stills all in a compact cam capable of being mounting on nearly anything to capture all your action moments.  We shot wake boarders Mike Dowdy, Harley Clifford, Noah Flegel and Wake Surfers Keenan Flegel and Jaqualine Fort.  Dean Lavelle also did it all!

 


Photo Workshop and visit to Mision Mexico in Tapachula Mexico with Compound Boardshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The past couple years Compound Boardshop  in Sarasota, FL have put on an invite only photo show from a few West Coast FL surf photographers.  Since I grew up in Venice, Florida I have been graciously invited and happy to display my work and raise money for an awesome orphanage in Tapachula, Mexico.  Compound have done numerous events, trips and various fund raisers all to help out Mision Mexico over the past 4 years.  This year they invited me to travel down to Mexico and do a photo workshop with the kids.  My fans donated over 10 digital cameras for me to take down to the orphanage!  Awesome!!!!  We were there for 5 days and what a blast it was working with the kids and seeing their minds light up with creativity!  We even got to go surf with them!   We then took a handful of images the kids took and auctioned them off at this years fundraiser!  What a great experience to be a part of!  Here are some of the images from the trip and the kids!


Published work over the past couple weeks….

Here are a handful of shots where my work has appeared locally and around the world.  Included is a write up with Eastern Surfing Magazine about a wave shot with a flash, images published on EPSN.com, various images published in publications for Fanatic paddleboards and also my interview with a school in the UK about my images appearing in National Geographic!


The Atlantic Current Cover shot and inside article spreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was fortunate to be assigned to shoot the cover Feb/Mar 2013 issue of the Atlantic Current Magazine, which will be my third cover in a row with them.

Below are a handful of other images and assignments that were ran in the latest issue including FAU baseball, paddleboarding and an article on local surfer Codi Monroy!


ESPN / Xgames.com Ben Hicks Portfolio Review

Apparently I like hues!

 

Here I am speaking in front of the crowd at my third annual Photos 2012 slideshow at Island Water Sports.  Photo credit to Leon Legot!

Espn recently did an interview / portfolio review on my last year of shooting surfing around the world.  Here are some screen shots from the article.


Cover shot for Atlantic Current Magazine – 2 in a row for 2012

The Atlantic Current magazine continues to grow as a prominent South Florida Sports and Lifestyle read.  I was stoked to get the first and now the second straight cover.  This time with Jr. World Champ Wakeboarder Noah Flegel.  Not an easy shot to achieve as I was being dragged about 2 feet behind him on a tube.  I also had a ton of other shots in the mag, here are some tearsheets.  Articles on Tanner Strohmenger, The Flegel Brothers and The ResolversI also created two of the ads in the magazine.


3rd Annual 10 FPS Photos 2012

Take a look at the 2012 edition of my 10 Frames Per Second (FPS) video which is a review of the last 12 months of shooting.  Check out more with my 3rd Annual Photo Exhibit at Island Water Sports on Friday January 4, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. where I will present my most memorable images and describe what it took to get each shot.  Win some cool stuff from Quiksilver and Electric while supporting the local Jr. Surfrider Foundation.


Extreme Family portraits with the Flegels!

 

I often shoot the duo world champion Flegel brothers flying through the air behind a boat but this time, I shot the entire family for the xmas card portrait.  Here are some outtakes!  2 boats, 2 drivers, an assistant, 2 lights and four pretty awesome family members shot in Deerfield Beach, Florida


Coverage of Hurricane Sandy in Florida and Puerto Rico

Hurricane Sandy literally created a huge stir in many ways around the Atlantic.  Here are some images that were shot, ran, involved in, published, etc….

Featured cover image on the home page of Surfline.com

ESM.com

ESPN.com

Contents page of Dec issue of ESM magazine. Aerial of Deerfield Beach.

Main image for all marketing for The Deerfield Beach Surf Festival to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims.

IWS T-shirt.  Sales to benefit Sandy Victims.

 

 


Social Marketing Images for Cressi USA

Cressi USA supports me in shooting my underwater images by providing the best gear there is.  Here is a shot they used recently on their facebook cover for a while, shot in Bali, Indonesia.


Atlantic Current Cover and spreads

A new mag has emerged in South Florida called The Atlantic Current.  Many images of mine were chosen for the inside of the mag including the cover.  Here are some screen shots…


Fanatic SUP Paddleboard 2013 Catelog Cover

Recent Cover for Fanatic SUP 2013 Catelog


Tropical Storm Isaac

Tanner Strohmenger punting in South Beach, Miami.

 

Todays tourist attraction on the strip at Fort Lauderdale beach

Skeeter Zimmerman’s patented layback snap in Miami.

 

With Tropical Storm Issac nearly on top of us, it was a struggle to get shots but we pushed on, traveled and made a few happen.  Here are a couple that got published.


Salt Life Marketing photos of Cappy from Indonesia

As I continue to work with providing marketing images for the Salt Life brand they are starting to use the photos throughout the stores, media and merchandise.  Here are a couple of Cappy on an ad and their home page of their website.


Shooting in Northern and Southern California

Surfline running one of Jake’s shots.

The impressive Half Dome that we summited two days later.

Recently I took a trip to Southern California to shoot a few things.  Upon arriving I linked up with Florida transplant Jake Kirshenbaum to chase some waves Tropical Storm Miriam sent our way.  The second half of the trip was a summit up Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, shooting fine art photos throughout and documenting the entire journey on www.slavetothewave.com, where you can follow all my photo expeditions around the world.


2012 World Wakesurf Champ Keenan Flegal Portraits

As I continue to work with the Super brothers of Keenan and Noah Flegel while they dominate their sports, they never cease to amaze me.  Here are some of Keenan the weekend before winning the 2012 World Title.


Covering Hurricane Lesile through the Bahamas

Recently I was hired on a trip to chase the waves of Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean.  We took a flight to Eleuthera, Bahamas start the chase all over the island for 5 days.  You can read more each days stories here:  http://slavetothewave.com/ben%20hicks/

Scroll to the posts labeled Bahamas.

Also below are some of the published images from the trip so far in different publications.


U.S. Waterski Champioships

Recently I spent the day shooting the U.S. Waterski Championships for SportsPix.  All the images go to potential clients, but here is an example.

Andy Mapple 6 time World Champion.


Nicaragua Surf photo trip: Aug 2012

Traveling to Nicaragua my second time this year keeps me on my toes to create new and interesting angles for the riders and their sponsors.  Here are a few….

You also read about the entire trip in my blog series on www.SlavetotheWave.com   http://slavetothewave.com/category/photographers/ben-hicks/