Meet The Team
Founder & CEO – Inland Surf Company
As the Founder / CEO of Inland Surf Company and Alchemy Surf Park, Chris brings his life-long passion for surfing and the board-sports along with his experience as an entrepreneur, business owner, community builder, and corporate professional to the team. Originally from Pismo Beach, CA – Chris moved to Lake Tahoe in 1990 to pursue his dream of becoming a professional snowboarder. After a successful career with over 50 photos in the magazines Chris settled down in the foothills near Rescue, CA to raise a family. With a strong desire to create opportunities that have a positive impact in the lives of many, Chris is excited to be at the helm.
The Dream Continues
Growing up as an only child in a single-parent home, Chris found much of his early inspiration as a youth from a skateboard. The freedom it gave him and endless hours of activity and creativity it provided would be the building blocks for his future. As a teen Chris was introducing to surfing and would spend the next several years catching waves at the Pismo Beach pier and surrounding surf-breaks.
After graduating high school in 1990 Chris moved to Lake Tahoe to learn to snowboard and pursue his dream of becoming a professional snowboarder. By 1994 Chris was on the path to fulfilling his dream after getting his first published photo in Transworld Snowboarding magazine. A few years later the dream was complete…he was now getting paid to snowboard and do the thing he loved most. By the end of his career Chris compiled over 50 photos in the magazines, 2 video parts, and lifetime of incredible memories.
In the late 90s Chris moved to El Dorado County to start a family and would spend the next 7 years working as a stockbroker for E*Trade Financial and the 12 years after working in the tech industry for Apple.
During this time Chris never lost sight of the board-sports, they just weren’t his main priority anymore. As a father Chris shared his passion with his kids teaching them to skate, surf, and snowboard – the Gallardo family was very much about the shred-life. The experiences created during this time are among the family’s most cherished memories. The board-sports had a positive impact on Chris’s life and they helped shape his children as well. The physical and mental skills combined with valuable life-lessons in commitment, hard-work, and leadership gained from these sports can be used throughout life providing the user with a valuable skillset for personal and professional success.
In the early 2000’s Chris fell in love with backcountry snowboarding and in 2004 founded splitboard.com, a first-of-it’s-kind website for the sport of splitboarding. Over the next 10 years Chris would wear the hats of founder, brand manager, content creator, ad salesman, and web developer.
In 2017 with his children out of the house following their own dreams, Chris now refocused for this new chapter in his life. Seeing a surge in artificial wave technology and the rapidly growing surf-park industry Chris was inspired to use his skills to make a difference in this space. The next few years would be spent building his knowledge and creating a unique vision for surfing in the Greater Sacramento area. By 2020, Chris went all-in leaving his day job at Apple and created Inland Surf Company to pursue his calling.
The dream continues…