Chris Bertish - Ocean Driven and the Atlantic Crossing

Chris Bertish - Ocean Driven and the Atlantic Crossing

Nothing is iMPossible, unless you believe it to be...

Chris Bertish paid Surf Ontario a visit in November 2017 and a number of people have wanted to learn more about what he has done and is doing. So this page will serve to keep all in the know. (We will update as new information comes through).

Links to Chris Bertish's websites:
>>> presented by Carrick Wealth.

What inspires & drives Chris Bertish - Big Wave Surfer, Professional Speaker, Adventurer, and Waterman to do the things he does & push the limits, re-defining possible, across all areas of his life.


>> Ocean Driven - Movie 

A gripping, inspirational story about Chris Bertish's big wave surfing odyssey that culminates in the world’s premier big wave surfing competition at Mavericks.  Bertish takes the world by storm in the largest waves there in 2010.




>> Stoked! - The Book (available at Surf Ontario)

An inspiring story of courage, determination and the power of dreams

This is the story of how a skinny little kid from Kenilworth in Cape Town managed to travel halfway around the world without sponsorship, and then outwit, outsmart and outperform the world’s best-paid professional athletes on a day that changed his life, and the sport of big-wave surfing, forever … Big-wave surfer Chris Bertish was the first South African to brave the monster waves of Mavericks, winning the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational surfing event in the biggest and heaviest waves ever recorded in the history of the sport. That same year, he finished third on the Big Wave World Tour, despite only surfing three of the five events. Chris’s mantra is Dream it, See it, Believe it, Achieve it. With his infectious enthusiasm, Chris tells how he pulled off death-defying antics, time and again, overcame overwhelming obstacles and manoeuvred around the many random twists of fate to achieve his goals and fulfil his dreams.


>> Chris Bertish Crosses the Atlantic

On March 9, 2017, South African waterman Chris Bertish became the first person to stand-up paddle across the Atlantic Ocean – solo, unsupported and unassisted – when he completed the voyage from Morocco to the Caribbean island of Antigua. Bertish used the record-breaking voyage to raise funds in an innovative way by establishing sustainable annuities for Operation Smile, Signature of Hope Trust and The Lunchbox Fund.

Video before the paddle during the planning phase:

 Videos during and after the paddle:

Chris Bertish Discusses Paddling 4,000 Miles from Morocco to Antigua - The Inertia

This video is a collection of photographs showing Chris Bertish I'MPossible reaching land at English Harbour, Antigua on 9 March 2017 after crossing the Atlantic on a Stand Up Paddleboard © pennybird and camera

Chris Bertish 13 Jan 2017 Interview David O'Hara - This during the paddle

>> What's next?
 Chris is busy putting together his next film on the Solo Atlantic paddle 'Standing alone'

And like many, of the big wave surfers, is getting a handle on foiling with the surfboard. Next time he is in Toronto he will show us how.

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