Archives for May 2014

Thursday

Little surface chop this morning pretty much throughout South Florida. You might be able to get a little ride on the SUP or longboard.

The winds are forecast to pickup Sunday and last a couple days. Doesn’t look like it’ll get much bigger than knee to thigh, but I’ll take it.

Lymphfighters Ocean Swim and Paddleboard Relay to benefit Kyle Soto “This Saturday, May 31”

Please help support a surfer in need this weekend by coming to this great event. Tons of activities for the family.

When: 10.00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. May 31 2014  Onsite registration starts at 9:00 a.m.

Where: Fort Lauderdale Beach South Beach (across from Sta.49)

Jason Arnold has donated some prints so if you meaning to buy some, this weekend will be a perfect time! WIN WIN!

Find out more on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lymphfighters-Team-Kyle/419745538172290

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Kyle was recently diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma and has begun his chemotherapy treatment. He and his family have a tough road ahead. We have created a fundraising page for Kyle’s mounting medical bills to help ease the financial burden on the Soto family so they can focus all their energy on Kyle’s recovery.

http://www.gofundme.com/LymphfightersTeamKyle

Tuesday

Little knee high surge coming in with the high tide this morning. Almost looks like it could be longboardable with a little less water later on.

Sunday

Starting off to be a Killer beach day! Too bad there’s no waves….anywhere! Looks like the whole state is flat.

Looks to stay flat in South Florida for the next week. Some of the long range forecasts are starting to call for waves this time next week. Hope so! I’m already missing our little run of windchop we had.

 

Apparently, even Kelly Slater was desperate enough to surf our small chop the other day. For some reason it makes me feel better. 😉

 
Jeff Biege photography: Kelly Slater 5-21-2014 &emdash;

Check out more of “Jeff Biege Photography”! Some SICK shots of PBC! Really Cool Cat and Great Photog!

Day 9: Things got interesting

Day 9: Things got interesting

The evening before, we had gone to bed wondering how the second half of the crew was doing having fun after splitting up from the other group after  an afternoon at Rancho Santana.

About 12pm Karina comes in tour our room that consists of Woody, myself and Doug while we are all sleeping.  Doug is half deaf so he never wakes from all the uproar.  Woody and I thought we were dreaming but eventually came to after some intense details were said.  Short story… the four of them were in the car driving down the extremely dusty road and got into an accident.  A biker on the side of the road was hit in the process and was unconscious.  Shortly later he awoke.  Everyone was shaken but fine in the car.  They took the biker to the hospital for immediate care which most likely helped his condition in the long run.  The police were involved.  Fast forward 7 hours later where Karina comes in to announce this.  The four of them were with 3 police officers whom had compounded their rental car and wanted to take the driver to jail for the mandatory 48 hours.  Matt and Jasmin followed to hopefully help the situation back to the police station in the middle of the night.  Nicaragua law is guilty until proven innocent which can be really tough for an accident like this.  The US is innocent until proven guilty.  The way the law works here is not exactly always fair but can also go in your favor.  We awoke to a cancelled fish/surf trip and still the matter wasn’t settled.  I got up to shoot my morning flash session and hoped to see they story solved by the time I got home.  Nope!  The day continued with myself packing and arranging a ride to the airport, which took a couple hours.  4:00pm rolled around and Willie and Randy came back with the rest of the crew and the story came to a close.  The crew prepared a huge seafood dinner while a couple of the guys and I went out for one last sunset flash session into the dark.  I rushed back home, took apart my housing, packed the camera, ate and said bye to everyone!  Took the taxi for the 2.5 hour ride back to the airport.  Hardly able to keep my eyes open I passed out.  Woke up to brakes slamming and a biker coming right at us while the driver was trying to pass a semi.  Holy crap that got my heart beating.  We just missed him and I told the driver to slow down, no rush…. in my spanglish.  I flew home with a 3 hour delay into the night on the red eye.  What a trip!  Didn’t surf once as I completely focused on shooting.  Thanks to all that made it happen!  Till next time!

Thanks to my awesome supporters!
www.PacSafe.com  – Providing me with the best travel bags and gear
www.TrustTheBum.com – Sun Bum – Protecting my skin in the sun!
www.Aquatech.net – Aquatech water housing
www.Watershot.com – Making the best Water Housing for my iPhone!
Cressi dive gear and Fanatic Paddleboards
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Thursday

Knee to thigh high this morning in North PBC. I think that’s the end of it for awhile.

Ben and the crew might be coming back from Nica to total flatness, but after a trip like that they should be content for awhile!

Early birds get the worm

Early birds get the worm

Day 8: Sleep, shoot, eat, edit, repeat

Day 8:  Sleep, shoot, eat, edit, repeat

Up at the call of Matt knocking at the door at 430am.  Its about time he got up to shoot sunrise flash!  Everyone except Byron woke up for the dawn patrol session.  Conditions weren’t pipe.  Atleast we were by ourselves!  Swimming three sessions a day was starting to take a toll and this morning I was sore!  It was pretty difficult to link up in the shifty lineup but we made it happen.  Once the tide got too low we all went in to grind on breakfast.  I had three breakfasts, literally.  Session two I shot from the shade on land for a different perspective (and a break for my body).  The ladies of the house,, ran, did yoga and worked out.  The house parrot didn’t like the heavy breathing exercise and started squalking!  Since the waves were small everyone left to take a road trip to Rancho Santana while I got caught up with work. I did some promo work for World Turtle day where I am giving away some awesome gear from my sponsors on my facebook.com/benhicksphotos page.  Half the crew (Matt, Jasmin, Woody and Doug) came back and we made a feast of fresh lobster, fish and rice for dinner.  The others must have stayed out to hang with friends.  We planned out a boat trip the following morning to head to Playgrounds and do some fishing in the area.  We all hit the bed early as we need to swim out to the boat at 4:30am.

Thanks to my awesome supporters!
www.PacSafe.com  – Providing me with the best travel bags and gear

www.TrustTheBum.com – Sun Bum – Protecting my skin in the sun!
www.Aquatech.net – Aquatech water housing

www.Watershot.com – Making the best Water Housing for my iPhone!

Cressi dive gear andFanatic Paddleboards
See more of my work:
Commercial: www.BocaRatonPhoto.com

Fine Art: www.BenJHicks.com
Instagram: @benjhicks

Facebook: www.facebook.com/benhicksphotos

Day 7: Blisters, barrels and beers

Day 7:  Blisters, barrels and beers

The day begins with my usual sunrise session shooting waves.  Today I was joined by Doug and Woody as no one else usually gets up that early (lazy moos).  Matt eventually rolled out and Mackinley joined just hours after getting in on a red eye.  I shot fisheye until the sun was too high and then swam in to shoot with the 70-200 in my Aquatech Delphin housing with the Canon 1dx.  After the morning session I came in to get some more work done while the rest of the crew ventured around the area.  Nearly falling asleep at the computer I took a little nap.  A land crab on my chest provided by Matt woke me up.  In the heat of the day the wind has been coming slightly onshore/sideshore  sidelining the crew from surfing.  It has provided me time to catch up!  Evening session came before I knew it and I was back out to swim with the flash until pitch blackness.  Another day in the books with Mackinley getting the shot of the day, especially for his first time shooting in the water!  Dinner was pretty epic again as the beers flowed as well.  My blisters on my feet were pretty good by now with atleast 2 swim sessions a day!

Thanks to my awesome supporters!
www.PacSafe.com  – Providing me with the best travel bags and gear
www.TrustTheBum.com – Sun Bum – Protecting my skin in the sun!
www.Aquatech.net – Aquatech water housing
www.Watershot.com – Making the best Water Housing for my iPhone!
Cressi dive gear and Fanatic Paddleboards
See more of my work:
Commercial: www.BocaRatonPhoto.com
Fine Art: www.BenJHicks.com
Instagram: @benjhicks
Facebook: www.facebook.com/benhicksphotos

Wednesday

Knee to thigh high ENE windchop this morning pretty much throughout South Florida.

Looks like this will be our last day of surf for Southern South Florida.

Upcoast on the other hand should have some leftovers with decent winds tomorrow.

Day 6: First in, last out.

Day 6: First in, last out.

I began the day waking at 4am to prep my flash housing and shoot sunrise in the water.  Swimming out in the dark in solid 6ft is not for the faint of heart.  Knowing my boundaries in the things I do in life, preparation leads me to be ready for occasions like this.  I swam out and shot another start to an amazing day.  By 5:30 I was back in switching my housing for the long lens to shoot with Matt and everyone else.  When there is a crew of more than 2-3 people its a lot easier to shoot from land to get shots of everyone as you can imagine.  Doug and Woody were getting the hang of the challenging conditions with smiles from ear to ear.  Matt caught his first wave and snapped his last board #4.   He went in to grab my Kechele and pulled in to more tubes than that thing has had in a while.  After the afternoon shack fest we headed in for a few rounds of pool volleyball at the house.  Matt, Doug and Woody are all Lifeguards that play daily together at work so the competition was on in the multiple games we played.  Its too bad that Jasmin and I beat them the first round!

Conditions declined in the afternoon as everyone started to call it a day and begin the cocktails.  I went back out to shoot the sunset until it was completely black out in the water with the flash.  Between the rip currents and the constant adjustments of my camera and flash, I was on my toes the entire two hours.  Came home and Byron and his assistants were prepping a huge feast with roasted chicken, plantains and rice with beans.  Solid meal felt great!  Tonight Mackinley and Karina will be arriving off the red eye from Florida to fill the house with all 8 of us.

Thanks to my awesome supporters!
www.PacSafe.com  – Providing me with the best travel bags and gear
www.TrustTheBum.com – Sun Bum – Protecting my skin in the sun!
www.Aquatech.net – Aquatech water housing
www.Watershot.com – Making the best Water Housing for my iPhone!
Cressi dive gear and Fanatic Paddleboards
See more of my work:
Commercial: www.BocaRatonPhoto.com
Fine Art: www.BenJHicks.com
Instagram: @benjhicks
Facebook: www.facebook.com/benhicksphotos

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