Burkard, Chris

Adventuring light-attuned surf photographer from Central California; Surfer magazine senior staffer since 2010; best known for images that offer, as one photography website put it, "An epic blend of beautiful seascapes with a dash of action."

Burkard was born (1986) and raised in Pismo Beach, where he started riding waves on a bodyboard as a grade-schooler. He bought his first camera at age 18, began taking pictures of his friends, and discovered a natural talent; just two years later won th...