Surfing photographer

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!


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!


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.


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…


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.


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.


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/

 


Our favorite non profit…. Surfers for Autism Travels to Ponce Inlet


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.


Re-Launch of Living Water Surf School and 2012 Surf Camps Marketing Materials

As a continued relationship with Living Water Surf School where we have been covering the photography with their summer surf camps for the past 3 years we were asked to create a new look for them online.  Using our photography while creating a fresh new look, we accomplished a happy customer with a tight deadline.  We also created their 2012 Summer Surf Camps Marketing Materials.

Check out the Live site here at: www.LivingWaterSurfSchool.com

 

 


Re-Launch of Surfers for Autism website

Once again this year we are a major part of Surfers for Autism.  From providing event photo coverage to all events to helping to relaunch their new website.  We partnered with Atlantic Sales and Marketing Group and their team to move their site into a new more modern direction.  Big thanks to Bert Roling at Atlantic to spend so much of his time in programing the back end of the site!  Check it out Here at www.SurfersForAutism.com


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.


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. 


Portraits for Eastern Surfing Magazine Portraits of Florida Surfing History Exhibition setup

Eastern Surfing Magazine contacted me to try and get some portraits of the creation of this first ever gathering of the history of Florida surfing.

FAU University Galleries Director Rod Faulds


Photo issue of Standup Journal – Full Spread of Chase

Winter 2011-2012 photo issue of Standup Journal opens with a spread of Chase Kosterlitz.  This photo was taken during the Fantatic Paddleboards 2012 catalog photoshoot.  At news stands now.


This weeks published images on Hurricane Irene…

Here are some shots from Hurricane Irene that have been published so far.  Cheyne Cottrell, Tanner Strohmenger and Matt Oberman.  They can be found on ESPN.com, Surfline.com and Easternsurf.com


Fanatic Paddleboard 2012 Stand Up Paddle Board shoot

We finished the 2012 Stand Up Paddle board photoshoot for Fanatic Paddleboards.  We shot throughout Miami, Biscayne Bay, South Beach, Port of Miami and so on.  Here are a few from Day 3….


Andy Irons memorial paddle out Deerfield Beach, FL

A couple shots ran by Surfline from the paddle outs across the world.  Here are two from ours in Deerfield Beach, FL.  See the entire article Here