…the sight out the window left an indelible impression on my mind.

In 2005 I drove through a small town in the Florida panhandle named Wewahitchka. This strange Gulf County town with an Indian name is home to the infamous Dead Lakes. As we drove over the bridge that goes through the dead lakes I remember feeling like I was on a different planet. Rumor has it a tidal surge brought in saltwater through the Chipola River and killed all the cypress trees which somehow are still standing today. It was only a passing through of the town but the sight out the window left an indelible impression on my mind. Six years later I found myself on a trip across the Gulf Coast with some wakeskaters on a trip for Alliance Wakeboard Magazine. I suggested this odd town as a great place

for photos. Armed with two jet skis and most of the Fox Wake team we spent a day and half in the town of “Wewa” on our way to New Orleans. No one got impaled by cypress roots, it was too cold for gators to be out, we got some good photos, and the locals even warmed up to us. We spent our Friday night there partying with Bobby Dale, Guage, Phil, Katey Lee, Harvey, and Sissy at the WeWa General Store and had an unforgettable night of beers, arm wrestling, storytelling, and Hungry Howie’s Pizza. The afternoon we left it was certainly bittersweet, Wewa is one of the most unique places in the Sunshine State.


  1. Robb Hill

    Great work Brian! I’ve had the opportunity to visit several small towns like “Wewa”. They are very interesting in their own way. Take care bro

  2. Jeff Soderlind

    Dang, those are some incredible pics. Looks like the socializing was about as good as it gets. What a radical place!

  3. Bear

    Thanks Cousin, let’s catch up in Pensacola soon!