Chris Burkard

At thirty, photographer Chris Burkard has seen more of the world than most of us could possibly hope to see in several lifetimes: from Iceland, Norway, and the Russian Far East to India, the Pacific Islands, and South America.

Burkard is often referred to as a surf photographer, and for good reason. He began contributing to Surfer, where he is now staff photographer, in his early twenties. But that description may leave too much out, since he also shoots adventure travel, epic landscapes, portraiture, street photography, and extreme sports that have nothing to do with the ocean. Burkard has earned an extraordinary following in social media, including nearly 2 million followers on Instagram alone.  He’s also distinguished himself as a captivating public speaker and brand ambassador.

Burkard has published several books: The California Surf Project (2006), with friend and co-author Eric Soderquist; Plight of the Torpedo People (2012); Russia: The Outpost Vol. 1 (2013); Distant Shores (2013); and, most recently High Tide: A Surf Odyssey (2015). 

Burkard’s commercial clients include Apple, J.Crew, Land Rover, Microsoft, The North Face, Patagonia, Sony, and Swiss International Air Lines. And his work has been published in GQ, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Outside, Vogue, and Wired.