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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
Here are couple shots from our favorite non profit we support making their 2012 14 tour stop at Juno Beach Florida.
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.
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.
FAU University Galleries Director Rod Faulds
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
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….