With the sun fading away and the Arctic beginning to turn dark and cold, Dane Gudauskas finds enough warmth to take flight (Lofoten Islands, Norway) (Courtesy of Chris Burkard)
Southern California, Hawaii and Australia are all legendary locales for some of the best surfing in the world, and the pristine beaches and palm trees only add to the allure.
But for Chris Burkard and surfers Patrick Millin, Brett Barley and Chadd Konig, the more exciting waves can be found among the snow-capped mountains, jagged blue ice crystals and the Northern Lights of the Arctic.
This March, a two-man production team followed award-winning surf photographer Chris Burkard and three warm-blooded surfers to the northern 68th parallel, at Unstad Beach in Norway.
The result was a new SmugMug Films short documentary, Arctic Swell: Surfing the Ends of the Earth.
Although they often times elude us, the Northern Lights have the potential to completely enchant us as well (Courtesy of Chris Burkard)
The California-based Burkard, the senior staff photographer at Surfer magazine, relishes being able to travel great distances to photograph the most interesting surf locales.
He is adept at pairing surfing action against dramatic landscapes.
His recent book, the aptly-titled “Distant Shores: Surfing at the Ends of the Earth,” features surf photography from across five continents.
Chris Burkard, Photographer.
“I want people to drift away when they look at my images,” says Burkard in the film.
“I want them to feel like it’s taken them so far from where they are at that moment that they’re immersed in that feeling,”