CHRIS BURKARD STUDIO TEAM
We are a full service production studio based on the Central Coast of California
Operations Manager: Mike Sandifer
As Director of Operations, Mike is Chris' right hand man, overseeing the "big picture" of Chris Burkard Studios. With a strong background in management and a love for the outdoors, Mike brings not only expertise to the Director of Operations role, he also keeps the stoke level high. While he does love snowboarding and wakeboarding, since moving to the Central Coast he is quickly getting frothy about bodysurfing and other ocean-based activities.
Studio Manager: Russell Holliday
Russell hails from Santa Barbara, and graduated from Cal-Poly. He has proven himself to be an invaluable asset to the studio, as his attention to detail and strong work ethic have already contributed to improving the workflow of the studio's asset management. Easily the frothiest member of the studio, Russell's love for the water is backed up by his legitimately impressive surf style, and his increasingly strong surf photography.
Photo Editor: Ryan Hill
Ryan interned with Chris in 2015, and his strong performance during that internship led Chris to offer him a full-time position in 2016. A Cal-Poly grad, Ryan's love of science and the outdoors is a combination that fits in perfectly at Chris Burkard Studios. His logical approach to problem solving makes him well suited to handling office logistics, and his stoke for all things outdoors (particularly surfing) is right in line with what we're all about. When he's not taking care of business in the office, Ryan is usually hunting down the best waves in the area.
Intern: Zane Foster
Zane Foster grew up in a small town called Auburn in the Tahoe, California area and loves stories, exploring nature, and constantly learning new things. He has been photographing and making videos since he was 13 and he is about to graduate with a degree in film production from CSUN.
Intern: Jon Melson
Jon Melson is a Newport Beach local. He has a love for life and a passion for people. He loves production, from photography, to music, to branding. Looking for a change in pace he found himself in Pismo Beach where he connected with the team at Chris Burkard Studios and found himself right at home.