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Chris Burkard's Studio

Tonight! WITHIN REACH film screening & cover release party for @markomcinnis & @joshmulcoy at my studio in Pismo Beach! Come out for a fun evening of films a slideshow & some epic giveaways with a few of these legends! $10 dollars at the door. 7-10pm Food truck & kombucha on hand from @whalebirdkombucha @thepairingknife 🙌🏼 . Film by @mike_cochran @surfer_magazine

Sea of Okhotsk, Russia

It’s complicated. As much as we all want to “help” in a situation where we see human waste affecting wildlife, the best practice is always to make sure you are first and foremost Educated & secondly Experienced when handling wild animals. For example on the beautifully healthy Sea Lion populations of Tyuleny Island - Russia we saw hundreds of thousands of seals & sea birds living extremely content & happy. But of course a few poor souls were adorned with nets around their neck & flippers. It’s easy to ask (even rather aggressively at times) why I /you wouldn’t jump into action & free that animal from its net. And the truth is that a Stellar Sea lion is an extremely aggressive animal.. these are in no way the small seals you see people manhandling to remove nets from in videos. Males are upwards of 1,000 lbs + and would absolutely attack if you approached a harem (it’s mating group). An even more important consideration is that during birthing season when the pups are young the relationship between mom and pup is crucial. Aggravating seals during this period can force them to leave their pups onshore (they cannot swim when young) while they enter the ocean, chances are they will not find their pups again. The amount of dead, lost and trampled (by males) pups we saw was really soul crushing to see firsthand. I would venture to say that attempting to remove something like this during the wrong time of year & without proper skill can and will be way more devastating to their cycle of life than wearing this net. I share this as not only a healthy reminder but also a word of advice to those wanting to make a difference. Be careful & educate yourself as best you can. I applaud anyone that wants to make a difference but most of what we see online comes with little to no context of the backstory, history or preparation involved.. which is always important so that you are fully prepared for how YOU can make a difference. . PS- it smelled like 🌸 . PSS - bombarding someone with messages of how they “should” have done something is a poor way to create positive change.


Our mission to sail the entire chain of the Lofoten islands last October, also known as the Lofoten Wall, was met with many challenges.. specifically poor weather during our multiple crossings that were anything but smooth. You might even call them Vomit inducing 🤮. Either way we finished our objective and like all good expeditions we suffered in the process of achieving our goal. This night in Trollfjord was the calmest of the trip. There was boundless gratitude this windless for safe harbors amongst storms. Something you really learn to appreciate whilst living on a boat.


Oregon It’s been too long. Teaching is a funny thing for me, I often soak up more inspiration from students than they ever know. There is a purity to their excitement about photography that reminds me of why it’s such an amazing gift to share. Grateful to meet & teach so many of you at the @sonyalpha Kando event today. Sunrise till sundown Oregon delivered.


I’ve seen the wind rage here so uncontrollably that it blew a tent 100 ft into the air & water droplets felt like nails hitting your skin. Seeing a day this calm is hard to comprehend... didn’t even think it was the same planet. How’s the double sun flare at the end?! @mattrfoley @benweiland @jefftaylr

Yuzhno-Kuril'sk, Russia

A Sunday spent in nature. My wife & I truly cherish our family time... we have always preserved Sundays for family, an opportunity to reflect back on the week and how we could have done better & most importantly church. These Sunday’s away from home are usually the moments I miss them most. Spending time in nature, reflecting on the beauty of this planet is as close as I can get to them when I’m away.

Chris Burkard's Studio

@markomcinnis I couldn’t be more proud of you for shooting this photo. I still remember you calling me out of the blue 10 years ago asking me to teach you a bit about photography.. I was still just trying to figure it out myself when we spent 2 days just talking about everything I thought I knew at the time. You drove down from Oregon & slept in your car outside my small house. I was like dang this dude is dedicated. Watching your career blossom, seeing your dedication has at times brought me to tears & this photo stands as a testament to your dedication to the craft. Seeing this photo on the cover of @surfer_magazine gives me all the same goosebumps when I got my first cover. Proud of you, love you and will always be your fan. @joshmulcoy you ain’t bad yourself :) . I’m so grateful to share the film from the trip & a slideshow at my studio in Pismo Beach next Saturday the 17th. Mark will be on hand signing prints and @joshmulcoy will be there sharing his new film. Please come out and support my brother Mark! Details & tickets in my bio link or here

Kurilsk, Russia

Maybe it’s just meaningless data? Or could a photo can be more than that. Often when I study photographs the more significant they seem to become.. like this image of darkness & light both competing for equal space and yet somehow there we are in the middle straddling the line. Balance in everything I guess.


Kinda like a toy car left in the sandbox.

Yuzhno-Kuril'sk, Russia

The original frosted tips.

The Bridge Between Two Continents

What now seems like a common tourist stop was once a great adventure during the early years looking for new waves along this stretch of coast. In many ways it still is for anyone that puts on a 5mm wetsuit & 7mm gloves to wrangle a North Atlantic beach break this powerful. I remember laughing once after a particular hairy session that while we were near drowning & getting hypothermic there was someone enjoying warm lamb soup & a coffee less than a 1/4 mile away at a gas station... wouldn’t trade places tho, some of the best times of my life.

Yuzhno-Kuril'sk, Russia

Between the two small islands laid a tidal reef where waves broke off in both directions. After staring at this on maps & computer screens for years It was a real gift to see it break. There was a time where this sort of thing would keep me up at night knowing It hasn’t been surfed. But now I’m just content having seen it with my own eyes. The fact that unridden waves like this exist at all brings me such joy.

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