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SURFER MAGAZINE – LUGO ARCHIVES

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NICOLA LUGO

South Florida doesn’t always have waves, but when it does, it’s beautiful, and when it doesn’t, you can hop on a plane and be in the Caribbean or Central America by lunch. Which is how Nicola Lugo has established himself as a world-class photographer from this under-represented region. If the barrels don’t come to you, go find them. “I have always been drawn to big tubes and the rawness of the ocean,” he says. “What a different world the ocean is compared to what we’re used to on land. The connection between the surfer and the ocean, it kind of gives you a different perspective on life.”

Date of birth: 3.14.79

Years shooting: 10

Preferred camera equipment: D3s body and fisheye for water. On land, my trusty 300mm 2.8.

Current residence: Lake Worth, Florida

Stomping grounds: South Florida, OBX, Long Branch, New Jersey and Costa Rica

Favorite subjects: Someone who will pull into big barrels day after day

Social: @nicolalugo

SURFER.COM WISH YOU WERE HERE: PANAMA

SURFER.COM WISH YOU WERE HERE: PANAMA

THE FIRST EPISODE OF A NEW SURFER SERIES THAT SHOWCASES SURF ZONES AT THEIR BEST

Back in February, Balaram Stack, Luke Davis, Jake Kelley, Oliver Kurtz, Nicola Lugo and Layne Stratton saw a swell with all-time potential festering off the coast of Caribbean Panama. They booked tickets with the hope of scoring Panama’s beachies and even Silverbacks-the mystic right slab.

The crew arrived on the island of Bocas Del Toro after a half-dozen exchanges between planes, boats and taxis. It became quickly apparent that this swell might be too big for the beachbreaks because Kurtz snapped both his shortboards early in the trip-so out came the step-ups which allowed for some slab scouting. “This swell was different from a lot of past trips, the beachbreak was way too big the entire time, but we got to see a bunch of reefs light up that normally don’t break. It felt like a mini Indo because the swell direction was so perfect,” says filmer Stratton.

Luke Davis brought a quiver of smaller boards. 5’5’s and 5’7’s and focused his talent on the punchy beackbreaks. Kelley and Stack feasted on a slabby left that is seldom surfed, where they both locked into multiple gems.

What was supposed to be a five-day strike turned into a ten-day score because of the firing surf. Even though the crew didn’t score Silverbacks, most of them extended their tickets, which made for an amazing opening edit for Surfer’s new series “Wish You Were Here.” Enjoy!