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“Anything that is worth pursuing is going to require us to suffer, just a little bit,” says surf photographer Chris Burkard, as he explains his obsession with the coldest, choppiest, most isolated beaches on earth. With jaw dropping photos and stories of places few humans have ever seen — much less surfed — he draws us into his “personal crusade against the mundane.”

Via:TED Talks

“Anything that is worth pursuing is going to require us to suffer, just a little bit,” says surf photographer Chris Burkard, as he explains his obsession with the coldest, choppiest, most isolated beaches on earth.
—  Chris Burkard in his 2015 TED conference talk, “Chris Burkard: The Joy of Surfing in Ice-Cold Water“ (quote at ~8:50; March 2015).

“It is a great adventure to contemplate the universe, beyond man, to contemplate what it would be like without man, as it was in a great part of its long history and as it is in a great majority of places. When this objective view is finally attained, and the mystery and majesty of matter are fully appreciated, to then turn the objective eye back on man viewed as matter, to view life as part of this universal mystery of greatest depth, is to sense an experience which is very rare, and very exciting. It usually ends in laughter and delight in the futility of trying to understand what this atom in the universe is, this thing—atoms with curiosity—that looks at itself and wonders why it wonders.”

— Richard Feynman from his book The Meaning Of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist

Photo credit: Chris Burkard