Sep 27, 2011 12:06 AM by Bill Halter

Arroyo Grande's Burkard making name for himself as surf photographer

An award winning local photographer is responsible for the cover of the current issue of Surfer Magazine. For 25 year old Chris Burkard of Arroyo Grande this is his second Surfer Magazine cover.

It was at the age of 20 when Burkard who grew up in Pismo Beach got his big break. He won the "Follow the Light Foundation" grant for a picture he shot. The award, voted on by some of the top surf photographers earned him a grant that he used to pay for a trip up and down the California Coast to create a book of surf photographs. The book titled "The California Surf Project" got published.

Burkard now shoots for surfeline.com in addition to Surfer Magazine, which is known as the bible of surfing. The magazines October cover features a picture Burkard shot while in India, of a surfer on the beach looking at a wave.
"For me one of the unique things about the cover is that it's just an empty wave and it's just kind of like every surfers dream" says Burkard.

Burkard's greatest achievement as a photographer came last October when he won the premier adventure sports photography competition in the world, the "Red Bull Illume Competition." He beat out entries from all around the world with a beautifully illuminated shot of a surfer riding a wave on Chile's west coast.
"In a way you want to kind of sell the dream. You want to bring back photo's that are going to make people want to pick up the magazine or maybe want to go there and experience what you have" says Burkard.

Burkard has traveled all around the world with his camera to capture surfing images. He considers the travel to be the best part of his job. To view Burkard's website, click here



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