Florida Surfing

Surf Lifestyle images in Deerfield Beach, Florida

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Recently we were called upon to create impelling lifestyle images with a surf style in mind.  Here are a couple.


Surf Camps!

Every summer we photograph hundreds of kids at Surf Camp.  Here are a couple from Living Water Surf School in Pompano Beach, Florida from the first couple weeks.  We take a photo of each kid surfing and also a group shot of the camp every week for 11 weeks!


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.


Surfers for Autism – Jacksonville Beach 2013

Our favorite Non-Profit had their 4th annual event in Jacksonville Beach this past weekend and I was lucky enough to be doing business in the same area.  Here are some images from the event!

You can view the entire album on their facebook page here:

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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!


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.


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.

 

 


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…



New Lifestyle image campaign with Salt Life brand

Recently Salt Life purchased a handful of images for use in their in house ad campaigns.  Look for them at their retail stores.  They will be featuring their team rider Cappy that I recently shot on a trip to Indonesia.  Here are two images below that have been featured thus far. 


Miami SUP guide for SUP Time Magazine in Europe

We wrote the entire article on Paddleboarding in Miami and also provided  all the images for this article that was run in Europe recently.


Surfers for Autism – Juno Beach

Here are couple shots from our favorite non profit we support making their 2012 14 tour stop at Juno Beach Florida.


Indonesia Photo trip April 2012 – Mentawai Islands about the Indies Trader 3

I was asked to cover 8 guys on a surfing trip of their lives aboard the Indies Trader 3 throughout the Mentawai Islands over the course of 12 days.  Adventure is not even the word.  Chasing waves with the best boats and technology available….. in the best place in the world is an experience I wanted to share.  So I did, everyday on my blog partnership with www.Slavetothewave.com!  I had a series of blogs where I wrote and posted photos of everyday and the people, waves and experiences we encountered.  You can see them all here www.slavetothewave.com/ben-hicks/

Here are some of my favorite images from the trip.


Launch of Boca Surf Camp website and Marketing Materials

Recently we were asked to create a website, flyers and marketing materials for Boca Surf Camp.  All imagery, backgrounds, and portraits were also shot by us.


Surfing Florida History Exhibition opens in Boca Raton at the FAU University Galleries. Check out Eastern Surfing Magazine’s pre coverage of the event with a photo gallery by yours truly!

Recently Eastern Surfing Magazine enlisted me to get some shots for the upcoming gallery opening of Surfing Florida Exhibition at Florida Atlantic University.  Using a handful of shots for the pre coverage of the event online, there will also be pre coverage in their print issue this month.  Check out the live article HERE.


Surfline.com’s US East Coast Year in Review

A couple images from this weird winter were ran on Surfline.com including from what I recall as the first empty inside out barrel shot of Delray Public Beach and Tanner Strohmenger inside the hook! Check out the live article  here East Coast winter-in-review


Keenan Flegel new team board shot on Inland Surfer

Some new stuff on World Champ Keenan Flegel’s board sponsor Inland Surfer website. http://inlandsurfer.com/boards/12/keenan.htm