Burkard, Chris

Gracious light-attuned surf photographer from Central California; Surfer magazine senior staffer since 2010. Burkard was born (1986) and raised in Pismo Beach, where he started riding waves on a bodyboard as a youngster. He bought his first camera at age 18, began snapping pictures of his friends, and discovered a natural talent; just two years later won the first annual Follow the Light Foundation Award, given to the sport's most promising young photographer.

Burkard took a staff position a...