Chris Burkard Norway Behind The Scenes - SmugMug Films

Destination : Arctic Circle


In March 2014, SmugMug Films followed Surf Photographer Chris Burkard to the Arctic Circle as he photographed some of the world's best surfers taking on one of the most remote breaks in the world. The following is a behind-the-scenes look at the life of an Arctic Surfer, and the photographer crazy enough to follow them.

Brett pauses during the snowy walk to the ocean to survey the waves.

The Arctic - 68 Parallel

Wind Chill : -8°C

Photographer Profiled:

Chris Burkard


Videography:

Anton Lorimer


Surfers Featured:

Brett Barley

Patrick Millin

Chadd Konig


Behind-The-Scenes Photos:

Michael Bonocore


Destination : Arctic Circle                                        A small dog watches over wetsuits laid out to dry at a small surf lodge on the Arctic Circle. Chris Burkard fell in love with photographing the juxtaposition of surfing  in the frigid weather of the Arctic Circle.

Upon arrival at the Surf Camp, we were greeted by the small house dog, who, on this day, was tasked with protecting the damp wetsuits as they dried.


This small, but gutsy plane somehow landed the team safely in the Arctic Circle, despite heavy winds that threw the plane around like a rag doll

This small, but gutsy plane somehow landed the team safely in the Arctic Circle, despite heavy winds that threw the plane around like a rag doll.


The view of Unstad beach, our surf location for the next 5 days, on initial arrival. Little did we know we would not see the dry, clear ground again.

The view of Unstad beach, our surf location for the next 5 days, on initial arrival. Little did we know we would not see the dry, clear ground again.


Lifestyle and portraits excite Chris, so any chance he can get to photograph a human, he will take it...even as the snow begins to fall on our first afternoon in camp.

Lifestyle and portraits excite Chris, so any chance he can get to photograph a human, he will take it...even as the snow begins to fall on our first afternoon in camp.


His photgraphy known around the world, a Chris Burkard original canvas sits on the wall above Surfer Chadd as he checks his email in the warmth of the main cabin as the snow starts to fall outside at a more rapid pace.

His photgraphy known around the world, a Chris Burkard original canvas sits on the wall above Surfer Chadd as he checks his email in the warmth of the main cabin as the snow starts to fall outside at a more rapid pace.


On our first night in camp, the blizzard hit fast and furious. Always looking for a dramatic photograph, Chris walks in search of another night shot in the blistering snow.

On our first night in camp, the blizzard hit fast and furious. Always looking for a dramatic photograph, Chris walks in search of another night shot in the blistering snow.


SmugMug Videographer Anton Lorimer follows Chris as he walks through the hard blowing storm that welcomed the team

SmugMug Videographer Anton Lorimer follows Chris as he walks through the hard blowing storm that welcomed the team.


Chadd practices his morning yoga as Brett glances out the window to check the first days weather, which turned out to be full of snow.

Chadd practices his morning yoga as Brett glances out the window to check the first days weather, which turned out to be full of snow.


Brett puts on his wetsuit and prepares to jump into his first session in the Arctic.

Brett puts on his wetsuit and prepares to jump into his first session in the Arctic.


Knowing that use of an arial drone for video would be important for this SmugMug Films profile, filmmaker Anton refused to let the snow and high winds take away his wings.

Knowing that use of an aerial drone for video would be important for this SmugMug Films profile, filmmaker Anton refused to let the snow and high winds take away his wings.


On our first morning, Seeing the overnight snowfall made Brett feel like a kid again.

On our first morning, Seeing the overnight snowfall made Brett feel like a kid again.


Getting to the surf in fresh powder proved to be no easy task for Chris and the surfers.

Getting to the surf in fresh powder proved to be no easy task for Chris and the surfers.


Standing on shore, Chris captures a cold arctic morning surf session as Anton films from afar.

Standing on shore, Chris captures a cold arctic morning surf session as Anton films from afar.


A built in sauna kept the surfers warm after being in the arctic water. It also provided a secondary (but much more efficent use)....clothing dryer.

A built in sauna kept the surfers warm after being in the arctic water. It also provided a secondary (but much more efficent use)....clothing dryer.


Instagram is a large part of Chris' social networking life. Even with his Sony A7 in reach, he will often use his iPhone to instantly share his travels with his followers.

Instagram is a large part of Chris' social networking life. Even with his Sony A7 in reach, he will often use his iPhone to instantly share his travels with his followers.


Chris is well known for having his surfer subjects in front of sweeping landscapes, and the Arctic Circle had no shortage of locations that fit Chris' needs.

Chris is well known for having his surfer subjects in front of sweeping landscapes, and the Arctic Circle had no shortage of locations that fit Chris' needs.


Long after the surfers have left the water, Chris likes to get out into the night to take long exposures.

Long after the surfers have left the water, Chris likes to get out into the night to take long exposures.


Chris celebrates an exicting morning session from Pat.

Chris celebrates an exciting morning session from Pat.


Chris takes a short break from photographing to take in the scenary.

Chris takes a short break from photographing to take in the scenery.


Chris and his surfing companions never take themselves too seriously, which leads to a easy going and fun  enviornment

Chris and his surfing companions never take themselves too seriously, which leads to a easy going and fun environment.


Always looking for unique scenes, Chris likes to place his subjects in less than ordinary locations.

Always looking for unique scenes, Chris likes to place his subjects in less than ordinary locations.


After a long, cold day, Chris starts a fire in camp. The campfire is a gathering place for the surfers to huddle and trade stories about the days rides.

After a long, cold day, Chris starts a fire in camp. The campfire is a gathering place for the surfers to huddle and trade stories about the days rides.


Pat warms up his hands in his KISS van after a morning session in the frigid Arctic Waters

Pat warms up his hands in his KISS van after a morning session in the frigid Arctic waters.


Chadd enjoys the sauna while taking in the quiet surroundings.

Chadd enjoys the sauna while taking in the quiet surroundings.


Brett is all smiles during his interview with Anton for the SmugMug Films Profile.

Brett is all smiles during his interview with Anton for the SmugMug Films Profile.


The DJI Phantom Drone  hovers overhead as Chris captures a landscape photo

The DJI Phantom Drone hovers overhead as Chris captures a landscape photo.


Chris' love for night Photography and empty roads intersect in the dark Arctic Night

Chris' love for night Photography and empty roads intersect in the dark Arctic night.


Until Next Time Norway!

Until Next Time, Norway!