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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 / 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.

Noah Flegel named to Liquid Force pro team

Jr. World Wakeboard Champ Noah Flegel was recently named to the Liquid Force Pro Team.  Here are some shots of him with his new gear from LF!















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

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…

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


Jr World Wakeboard Champ Noah Flegel Portaits

Double page spread for Centurian Boats. Keenan Flegel in Wake Journal July 2012

Keenan Flegel new team board shot on Inland Surfer

Some new stuff on World Champ Keenan Flegel’s board sponsor Inland Surfer website.


Tanner Strohmenger Dura Trans Outdoor ad for Electric Sunglasses at Island Water Sports in Deerfield Beach, Florida

Some of you may remember this shot that was run on Surfline back in August during there coverage of Hurricane Irene.  Here it is again in black and white. 

Island Water Sports Summer 2012 Surf Camp Marketing Materials

Eastern Surfing Magazine – Cheyne Cottrell

First swell of the year and Cheyne and I linked up at our local spot.  Using a 70-200 lens in my aquatech housing on my Canon 1d mark 3

Tri-Fold Brochure for Island Water Sports

Recently we created a Tri-Fold Brochure for Island Water Sports representing their entire audience to kick off the winter 2011-12 season.  These are flattened versions.

10 Frames per Second in 10′ – A look inside my lens in 2010

A collection of work shot in sequences from this past year. Come check my best of Surfing images slideshow on January 14, 2010 at Island Water Sports. There will be giveaways from sponsors, prints for sale benifiting Surfers for Autism and a showing of the new film Innersection!

IWS Summer Surf Camp

Cheyne and I hooked up on a nice turn that Surfline used a frame of. We thought the better frame went unused so you can check it on the flyer for IWS Surf Camp this summer in Cocoa Beach, FL.

Surfline 09

Check out local Cheyne Cottrell as we scored a little session in Palm Beach on Monday published on in Ides of March.

May swell VOl #1


A few shots from Monday afternoon as I headed up to shoot Cheyne, Scott, Ryan, Peter, Brian, Jensen and a whole bunch of other clowns fighting for one peak somewhere in Palm Beach County. I forgot my monopod, so a fat 4×4 did the job! I think I saw the worst fist fight in the water ever, not cool.

Mini swell ……. Super cold for us Floridians

Will Tant
Cheyne Cottrell


The always smiling Bob from Boca Surf and Sail


Wednesday morning we charged it early to get some good light with the rising swell hitting our coast. Meeting up with Cheyne Cottrell, his buddy Will Tant, Matt Oberman, Wesley Desouza, and Tahitian Hira Teriinatoofa, we caught the quick swell window. On the beach it was about 40 degrees, which was not exactly was I am used to. It was a beutiful day! All images copyright © 2009 Ben Hicks

Nov 20 Palm Beach

Scott Posner

Wesley Desouza

Cheyne Cottrell

Baron Knowlton

Dave Leonard

Peter Mendia

Peter Mendia

Peter Mendia

John Cammack

Matt Oberman

Matt Oberman

Last week a few of the stars aligned and South Florida actually got good.  I headed up to search with Wes and Matt, meeting up with rest of the state of south fl to find some prestine conditions to shoot in.  I really wanted to shoot water but the currents just weren’t right.  Two sessions throughout the day provided for some great shots not to mention shooting some of the best in Florida.  Here are a bunch and please no stealing the images with out contacting me first.  Thanks!