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Chris Burkard joins Surfline as senior staff photographer


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Chris Burkard joins Surfline as Senior Staff Photographer

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 February, 2008 : - - Huntington Beach, Ca -- Chris Burkard, the hottest young surf photographer in the industry today, has joined Surfline as Senior Staff Photographer.  The 21-year-old phenom will be shooting lifestyle, action and scenic shots locally and abroad for features on and in print for Surfline’s WATER magazine. 

“Chris has the qualities that set visionary photographers apart from the pack,” says Dave Gilovich, EVP for Surfline.  “He has a fantastic eye for color, the desire to be current with technology and equipment, a monstrous work ethic, and the understanding of how to tell a story.”

As a photographer with an editor’s mind for a good story, Burkard will also join the rest of the Surfline editorial team in participating in the future direction of content that reaches the world’s largest audience in surf.   Whether it’s shooting from land or in the water, Burkard will capture surfing like nobody else.

“I’m honored to become part of the Surfline and WATER magazine team as both a photographer and contributor to the editorial direction,” says Burkard.  “I’m stoked not only to have the forecasting power of Surfline behind me when I plan trips, but also because this opportunity will allow my photography to really shine.”

Burkard, who’s from the Central Coast of California, is the first recipient of the Larry Moore “Follow the Light” grant, which enabled him to complete “The California Book Project,” a coffee-table book that celebrates the California coast and will be published by Chronicle Books. You can see the photo series that launched his career on Surfline:

Follow the Light:
California Book Project:     
California on Fire:

About Surfline:
Surfline is the leading provider of surf report, forecast and editorial content to consumers, businesses and government agencies worldwide. Headquartered in Huntington Beach, California, Surfline delivers timely, accurate and comprehensive data on a daily basis via phone, wireless web and the Internet. Surfline is the publisher of WATER magazine, a high-quality, photo-rich surf quarterly magazine as well as numerous surfing books and printed products. 

The company’s world-renowned website,, is visited by over 75,000 unique people per day and over 1,000,000 per month — the largest and most loyal audience of surf and beach enthusiasts in the world. Since 1985, Surfline has merged premier surf report, forecast and editorial talent with industry-leading technology to produce “must-have” content of unparalleled quality aimed at active participants in surfing, beach and marine related pursuits.

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Mike Matey

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