EDITOR’S NOTE: CHRIS BURKARD and his crew are realizing the potential unlocked by Jack O’Neil, who invented wetsuits in the early 1950s. The crew, which includes surf explorers such as Keith Malloy and Trevor Gordon, is continuously surfing previously unexplored regions of Russia, Iceland, Norway, Patagonia, and the Arctic.
As you’re perusing these images, consider two things. First: Many of these trips involve the crew basing out of camps set up in remote wilderness areas far from hospitals and civilization. Second: It’s one thing to surf frigid water; it’s another to actually be swimming in the water, no board, but just your suit and fins and camera, trying to get the shot.
[All photos by Chris Burkard]