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Travel Photographer Cody Coleman Explores El Salvador | The Land of Rights

By St. Augustine Florida Based Photographer Cody Coleman

Traveling is something I would not trade for anything. The experiences you create while in a foreign land are some of the most special you will ever have. At least they are for me. I recently got back from my 4th trip to El Salvador & had such an incredible time exploring the rugged country with a close group of friends. From waking up at 4:30am to chase first light, to epic body surf sessions at sunset this trip was one for the books.  Below is a glimpse into the rad time we had exploring this incredible land.

Mike Pimental on my first morning there. This was actually the first photo I took upon walking up to the black sand beach that lined the property we stay at.  I think I swam for a total of 9 hours this day shooting photos.

Mike Pimental on my first morning there. This was actually the first photo I took upon walking up to the black sand beach that lined the property we stay at.  I think I swam for a total of 9 hours this day shooting photos.

Finally in the lineup and we were looking at these dreamy peaks in about every direction. Did I mention it was just the 6 of us out enjoying the session.

Finally in the lineup and we were looking at these dreamy peaks in about every direction. Did I mention it was just the 6 of us out enjoying the session.

Mike Pimental tail drifting a closeout section. This was warm-ups for a later wave we linked up on...

Mike Pimental tail drifting a closeout section. This was warm-ups for a later wave we linked up on...

Andrew Gregorie always as deep and late as possible... Not a maker but he sure tried!

Andrew Gregorie always as deep and late as possible... Not a maker but he sure tried!

At one point I think I took about 8 of these on the head in a row.

At one point I think I took about 8 of these on the head in a row.

Pat Conner tucked into a dreamy left. With no rain in months the water was some of the clearest I have ever seen there.

Pat Conner tucked into a dreamy left. With no rain in months the water was some of the clearest I have ever seen there.

Mike P playing the waiting game between sets...

Mike P playing the waiting game between sets...

The possibilityies are endless with views like that...

The possibilityies are endless with views like that...

Pcon Pop

Chris Sundstrom & the peak that got away...

Chris Sundstrom & the peak that got away...

If there is a barrel to be found Andrew is usually in it or trying too.

If there is a barrel to be found Andrew is usually in it or trying too.

And the face of someone that just found an exit...

And the face of someone that just found an exit...

These two have more stoke then most. Every time I would walk by them they wanted to get a photo.

These two have more stoke then most. Every time I would walk by them they wanted to get a photo.

Mike P driving through a mid-day gem trying to ease the sunburn...

Mike P driving through a mid-day gem trying to ease the sunburn...

Chris Sundstrom wide open!

Chris Sundstrom wide open!

Dreamy is the only way to describe it really...

Dreamy is the only way to describe it really...

As the sun set on my first day there we chose to enjoy the views and relax from an evening session.

As the sun set on my first day there we chose to enjoy the views and relax from an evening session.

The break from the evening session was much needed to be able to hang with this baseball game.

The break from the evening session was much needed to be able to hang with this baseball game.

We were all about to go to bed and this guy decided to make an appearance. Needless to say it was a ruff night falling asleep...

We were all about to go to bed and this guy decided to make an appearance. Needless to say it was a ruff night falling asleep...

Day 2 mission 1

Day 2 mission 1

With sand so hot it will literally melt your feet the run to the beach becomes a race... Andrew fully winning this one...

With sand so hot it will literally melt your feet the run to the beach becomes a race... Andrew fully winning this one...

Pcon & Mike trailing quickly while I leave a portion of my skin in the sand to get the shot.

Pcon & Mike trailing quickly while I leave a portion of my skin in the sand to get the shot.

For terqoise peaks like this the scortching hot sand is so worth it...

For terqoise peaks like this the scortching hot sand is so worth it...

First wave, First turn, First photo...

First wave, First turn, First photo...

Tronberry throwing tails and breaking rails...

Tronberry throwing tails and breaking rails...

Chris Sundstrom and a left...

Chris Sundstrom and a left...

Pcon speed & power with insane views.

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No words to describe the clarity.

No words to describe the clarity.

Sunny

Sunny

Tron Pockets...

Nick was finding corners all to him self down the beach a bit and got lucky enough to find one that gave him about 4 sections all the way to were I was...

Nick was finding corners all to him self down the beach a bit and got lucky enough to find one that gave him about 4 sections all the way to were I was...

Pcon...

Pcon...

The one that broke the corky...

The one that broke the corky...

Just keep dreaming maybe you will find your self on that wave soon...

Just keep dreaming maybe you will find your self on that wave soon...

Never a dull moment with our crew...

Never a dull moment with our crew...

NEVER...

NEVER...

Moments before snapping the nose off his board... This session ended with us going nuts on the shorepound...

Moments before snapping the nose off his board... This session ended with us going nuts on the shorepound...

This was moments before we all got stuck in a rip and had a 15 min swim in...

This was moments before we all got stuck in a rip and had a 15 min swim in...

Except for tron, handplane did him good.

Except for tron, handplane did him good.

It was practically dark at this point. I actually gave my housing to Andrew and he shot this photo and the next photo of me...

It was practically dark at this point. I actually gave my housing to Andrew and he shot this photo and the next photo of me...

One of the few shots of me from the trip. I'm about to get a full on slam in about .2 sec. Thanks for the shot Tron.

One of the few shots of me from the trip. I'm about to get a full on slam in about .2 sec. Thanks for the shot Tron.

Last light was the lights you see...

Last light was the lights you see...

The next day I enjoyed some pancakes to my self and shot all the boys on on the point. I don't think nailing photos gets much easier then this...

The next day I enjoyed some pancakes to my self and shot all the boys on on the point. I don't think nailing photos gets much easier then this...

Pcon & his trusty left section...

Pcon & his trusty left section...

Tron carvessss

Tron carvessss

Does not get much better than this right here. Mike P sending it tail to the beach with Andrew in full on stoke mode...

Does not get much better than this right here. Mike P sending it tail to the beach with Andrew in full on stoke mode...

Next day first light rock dance. I had a super sketchy swim this morning... I ended up getting out and shooting video after getting slammed off a rock and almost sucked into a cliff...

Next day first light rock dance. I had a super sketchy swim this morning... I ended up getting out and shooting video after getting slammed off a rock and almost sucked into a cliff...

One of those rocks is probobly the one that did it. hahaha

One of those rocks is probobly the one that did it. hahaha

The views we all dream about...

The views we all dream about...

Mike P picking his nose while surfing. Can you do that...

Mike P picking his nose while surfing. Can you do that...

Meet Carolina, the most rad little girl you will ever encounter. Stoke for days...

Meet Carolina, the most rad little girl you will ever encounter. Stoke for days...

Locals are always curious about the shenanigans we have going on. For example, if in need of a hair cut just hit up machete Mike. He will get you looking right...

Locals are always curious about the shenanigans we have going on. For example, if in need of a hair cut just hit up machete Mike. He will get you looking right...

After spending the first 3 days in this area the swell was on the increase and would soon be to big for the breaks here. So we packed up and headed west. stopping the journey at the end of a really long and bumpy road. We would spend the remainder of the trip in this area exploring and surfing sun up until sundown...

We are now calling this home for the next 3 days. Just a 30 sec walk and you would have the view of the next photo...

We are now calling this home for the next 3 days. Just a 30 sec walk and you would have the view of the next photo...

Sunny & Pcon firguring out a game plan for an evening session.

Sunny & Pcon firguring out a game plan for an evening session.

Tron on the slippery journy down..

Tron on the slippery journy down..

And straight into this gem...

And straight into this gem...

Pcon power

Pcon power

Pcon roaming the streets of an unfimiliar town looking for food.

Pcon roaming the streets of an unfimiliar town looking for food.

With alarms set for 4:30 am in hopes of chasing first light we were instead greeted with the first rain & storm of the season. While everyone one else went back to sleep until it passed I decided to grab my gear and create something with such an incredible sight.

With alarms set for 4:30 am in hopes of chasing first light we were instead greeted with the first rain & storm of the season. While everyone one else went back to sleep until it passed I decided to grab my gear and create something with such an incredible sight.

Finally as the storm passed the sun broke through just as we made the journey down the mountain.

Finally as the storm passed the sun broke through just as we made the journey down the mountain.

Mike P

Mike P

Sunny taking off on sets and racing sections...

Sunny taking off on sets and racing sections...

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Working Angles with Mike P

Working Angles with Mike P

Moving on to the evening session that would finalize our last sunset in this beautiful spot...

Moving on to the evening session that would finalize our last sunset in this beautiful spot...

Mike P down the line & off the lip.

Mike P down the line & off the lip.

Pcon moments before taking a fin to the back.

Pcon moments before taking a fin to the back.

Andrew likes his waves on the rocks..

Andrew likes his waves on the rocks..

Golden Hour

Golden Hour

Not long after taking this photo of Andrew I was suddenly in a situation that had my adrenaline through the clouds and me swimming my heart our to avoid getting sucking into a cliff. 

Not long after taking this photo of Andrew I was suddenly in a situation that had my adrenaline through the clouds and me swimming my heart our to avoid getting sucking into a cliff. 

Surf Out!!!

Surf Out!!!

Mike P likes long walks on the beach...

Mike P likes long walks on the beach...

But more than anything he likes a cold beer & a cold shower...

But more than anything he likes a cold beer & a cold shower...

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That is a wrap folks. This was the last photo I took before we finished packing and headed to the airport. I hope everyone enjoyed the series. If you are headed on a trip hit me up. I'm available for travel 365.  E: codycoleman@ccolemanphotography.com

That is a wrap folks. This was the last photo I took before we finished packing and headed to the airport. I hope everyone enjoyed the series. If you are headed on a trip hit me up. I'm available for travel 365.

E: codycoleman@ccolemanphotography.com