Search for Surf in Russia
Welcome to the Kamchatka Peninsula
In the latest installment of Chris Burkard's adventures in the Arctic, he and a handful of surfers went to Russia's remote Kamchatka Peninsula. And they found what they were looking for.
Getting around to check the surf in Russia is easy when you have access to your own chopper.
Well qualified to travel to far-flung locales and ride just about any kind of surf craft, Cyrus Sutton was the ideal candidate for the trip.
Russian For Outback
Remote? Yes. Beautiful? Totally. And, come to find out, there are waves to be ridden.
"The conditions are always varying and usually pretty harsh. Every moment is changing and you're dealing with weather, tide and swell. You're a surfer, so there are about five different factors you're hoping will come together," says Burkard.
The Kamchatka Peninsula
The Kamchatka Peninsula is one of the most volcanic and wild regions on earth. It includes resident grizzly bears and the occasional surf session in 42-degree water.
As Cyrus Sutton's travels have taught him, you pull in when you can, where you can.
Keith Malloy rigs up the fly rod in hopes of landing some fresh fish for the evening's campfire dinner.
Dinner Is Served
And the results of Malloy's efforts.
When it doubt, take to the air. Dane Gudauskas puts a lifetime at Lowers to good use.
"I'm always driven to find those wide-open surf environments, and seeing the footage from Tom [Curren's] trip gave me inspiration," says Burkard.
Land of No Crowds
A wise man once said, "Every wave is perfect as long as you have the right board to ride it." Some truths are evident no matter what corner of the globe you find yourself in.
Sunset on the Kamchatka
Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula may not be the easiest place to get to, and it may not have the best waves in the world, but it does have a certain allure that's hard to find.