Surf photographer Chris Burkard’s latest project is a 180-page hardcover with photos from diverse locations including Alaska, Chile, Iceland, India and Japan. These photos, which Burkard shared with GP, document his adventures traveling across the world as he captured photos of surfers and the natural world they inhabit.
13 Mile Chill
The sky is a slate gray on the cruise up I-95 to Hampton Beach, NH. I left Boston to catch a glimpse of a handful of New England’s athlete-contrarians, people who spend the summer dreaming of frigid waters, storms and angry seas. They’re winter surfers — and this is their season.
Armoring up for battle with frigid surf
When it comes time to hit the surf and temps are in the 30s rather than the 70s, the right gear is the difference between channeling Bodhi and becoming intimate with the symptoms of hypothermia. While it’s admittedly tough to be toasty in water less than half your body’s normal temperature, with the right kit you can at least pursue your hobby and live to tell about it. Below are our picks for the gear you’ll need for winter surfing.
Portrait of a Surf Photographer's Life
Mickey Smith lives behind the camera, treading water and capturing extreme surfers while avoiding waves, sharks and loose surfboards. This is the story of his passionate pursuit of the perfect surfing moment.
Lifelong surf legend
If you’re looking for a lesson in the good life, look no further than Robert August. At 18 he starred in The Endless Summer, the first great surfing film, taking him on a seven-month world tour of uncharted breaks. The rest, as they say, is history. August went on to launch an eponymous line of surfboards, which he still shapes today. We caught up with him at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, to talk about parenting, lamb chops and the difference between monkeys and people.
We’ve all seen surfboards, but how many of us have seen them being made? Watch the process come alive in “Josh Oldenburg Surfboards”, a short video directed by Andrew Truong and Jeffrey Tang. It features footage from the workshop of Josh Oldenburg, a new player in San Diego’s one-off surfboard shaping scene.
Choosing a surfboard is no simple matter. There are lots of factors to consider, like the shape of the board, the size, rocker and rails, tails and fins. There are eggs and fish — and we’re not talking about breakfast options. The ideal board for beginners is long, wide and thick since it’s stable for both paddling and for taking off on a wave. Here are five that fit that description to a T.
A Gear Patrol Film
When we catch a glimpse of the surfing community, we always slap our heads collectively and wonder why we didn’t pursue a life of beaches, sun, and drinks with little umbrellas. We had one such moment this summer. Fortunately, there was plenty of time to reflect on our life decisions while enjoying the beaches, sun and drinks with little umbrellas in Bali, Indonesia, where we covered the Oakley Pro Bali, the fifth stop of the year on the pro surfing tour.
Out of the Water, I Am Nothing
Maybe it started for you the first time you watched a set roll in, before you knew what a set was, and gazed in open-mouthed amazement as the locals made it look oh-so-easy. Or maybe you just caught 30 minutes of Blue Crush on late night TV. Regardless of how you first fell in love…
Wax on, in style
Surfboard wax sure doesn’t sound sexy but it’s a surfers most important tool, next to his board. Well, it’s high tide time someone took it to the next level. The Todd St. John designed Indoek Wax Kit is made from beautiful teak wood and replicates the shape of surfboard shaping planes and holds most circular…
In Chile, the sea is the great provider for many of its inhabitants. It is also a place to unwind and enjoy life. The new trailer for El Mar, Mi Alma, made by Rebel Waltz Films, is a documentary that is split into 2 parts. The first is a surf film which details the rich…
The original planking
Surfing is as much an art form as a sport. The simplistic beauty of the waves, sand and sun is the basis of a perfect day hanging ten. Ingmar Beer Surfboards ($600+) make you and your board part of that candid aesthetic. Beer’s boards are hand-made in New York, but their design is an import….
Summertime, and the shredding's easy
Wondering what to do with all that leftover footage from a recent project? Well you could follow in the footsteps of Matt Kleiner and piece together a stunning video from whatever’s left on the cutting room floor. Light: The Natural Agent That Stimulates Sight is the result of Matt’s leftover footage fom shooting a feature…
Bringing back memories of surfing’s explosion from fringe extreme sport to mainline hobby: Quiksilver for J. Crew has come ashore just in time for summer. Hit the surf in a dash of retro style harkening memories of time when long boards gave way to short fish and single fins evolved into twins, triples and quads….
Perfect for remote work sites, camping, a day at the beach, or after muddin’ on your favorite trail, the Nemo Helio Pressure Shower will have you smelling like a rose on your birthday deathbed (end lyrics). The Helio shower boasts an 11 liter (2.9 gal) capacity, good for 5-7 minutes of steady water pressure, and…
When murmurs started to circulate that Fiji was set to receive some of the biggest swells the island had seen in 20 years, Billabong organized a crew of top surfers including Dean Bowen, Scardy, Nick Vasicek, and Mikey Brennan to capitalize on the rare opportunity. The entire trip was captured in this short film. Filled…
Instead of riding a disposable foam board you’re likely to toss after a few seasons, switch back to wood and ride a hand-crafted board built to last a lifetime. Using just one-third of the wood required for traditional boards, Grain Surfboards are predominantly made from Northern White Cedar wrapped around a mahogany frame. Super light…
The Evolution of the Revolution
Thomas Meyerhoffer’s portfolio is something other product designers would kill to call their own — or certainly smash their 27-Cinema Displays in sacrifice. His first success came in 1994, when he designed the first pair of wrap-around-lens ski goggles, the Smith V3. In 1996, he led Apple’s eMate design team, which preceded the iMac. From…
GP Goes Down Under for Our First Surfing Lesson
By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Roger Dawkins Surfing at a crowded city beach can be a real adventure. I’ve been living at Bondi in Sydney for a few years now and I’ve seen it all: guys trying to learn on tiny toothpicks that wouldn’t float a kid, others tossing their massive boards aside when a…