Surfing The World's Freezing Waters

Surfing The World's Freezing Waters

Chris Burkard

"The water would get as cold as the high 30s at times. Some days wouldn't be as bad, depending on the air, but once the wind chill picked up, it felt like the water temp would drop 10 degrees."

Chris Burkard

"Even though we all were prepared for some cold weather, I think it was still shocking just how cold it really was. I never had been so cold in my life on land, let alone after getting into the water."

Chris Burkard

"No matter how thick our wetsuits and hoodies were, everyone would get brain freezes and frozen hands and feet."

Chris Burkard

"Keith Malloy's beard (pictured) was definitely getting bits of ice and snow in it, especially on the days they were surfing in sleet and blizzard-type weather. I think it still helped keep him warmer than all of us with clean-shaven faces though."

Chris Burkard

"I had been to Iceland quite a bit before this trip, but this was a trip to an area I had never seen and knew little about."

Chris Burkard

"It takes a lot of time planning a trip like this—from researching where to go to figuring out how you are going to get around if a blizzard hits. Lucky for us, we had a great crew of guys that embraced the elements, and even on the days that brought below freezing air and water, they were happy to get out and surf."

Chris Burkard

"We had to take snowmobiles and old military vehicles around to get through the fresh snow from the storms that often hit during the night."

Chris Burkard

"The most challenging components of surfing in these cold locations are definitely the ruggedness of the coastlines and the natural elements that are ever-present."

Chris Burkard

"Fewer people are willing to travel to these remote, cold places because of the elements, but that leaves coastlines—and cultures—that have been less skewed by the world."

Chris Burkard

"And these places are fascinating in so many aspects—they're the most unique and interesting places to shoot."