Iceland

ICE SURFERS

It's all about where your mind is at.

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ERIC SODERQUIST

LOOKING FOR TIMING IN THE WAVES

ICE SURFER

He’s a wave mechanic... Turning reef breaks for over 25 years has worn on his body. Standing on the black sand beach of Jokulsarlon, Eric, from California, inspects the wave sets as they devour icebergs near the graven shoreline. Satisfied with the timing, he turns to unstrap his surfboard from the roof of his Land Rover.

BLACK SAND

Last night at dinner, the owner of Hotel Lundi approached us. They had noticed the surfboards and in an attempt to save lives, she talked of how the ocean has claimed lives and that no one gets in the water. Noticing a commotion at the bar, I leaned over to see three Icelandic men staring back at us. “There’s a 2000 foot drop off into the Atlantic” the oldest exclaimed. “Gunnar lost his son one year ago to those currents,” gesturing to an old man drinking alone in the center of the restaurant.

WAVE DREAMER

A bar of cold-water, coconut-scented Sexwax in his hand, Eric rubs down his green Hurly sport board. “The water looks dark,” I observed. It’s snowing quite heavily now and more difficult to see the icebergs. Entering the water with him is Chris Burkard, Surf Magazine’s senior photographer who is familiar with the danger of the East Iceland Current. “Eric is so incredibly talented… and he really is someone you can trust your life with… there are times when I need help getting out of the water I’m so cold… or if I get caught in a rip current and need the surfer to pull me out… I really need to be able to trust the athlete,” says Burkard. IG: @chrisburkard

Camera Settings When it comes to shooting surfing I dial in on the "P-MODE" and select Continuos Shutter. A high Shutter Speed like 500-2000 will freeze each water droplet creating unimaginable images!

CLASSIC LONGBOARD

FRIENDS

It's so cold, not much is said. Not much needs to be said, you just go for it.

ICE SURFERS

Special Thanks Lucas Gilman IG: @lucasgilman Chris Burkard Eric Soderquist Mikey DeTemple

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CHAD COPELAND

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  • ninagraceless

    Beautiful photos! 😍

  • cairofoster

    Damn...this is epic. Didn't see any surfers when I was out there

  • karen

    I love that picture on page 12.. The contrast of the yellow surf board is awesome

  • kssaiton

    Hey katie here from Matador Network. Burkard is one of our Ambassadors. Love to see this piece extended and published. Email Katie Scott Aiton. Katie@matadornetwork.com

  • aconica

    Damn!!!

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