Chris Bertish

Motivational Speaker - Cape Town
Chris Bertish


Chris Bertish is a Big Wave Surfing Mavericks champion; Stand Up Paddle Boarding Guinness World Record Holder and Ocean Pioneer.

He recently redefined the concept of Extreme Adventure by becoming the first person ever to Stand Up Paddle across any ocean. Defying all odds, Chris paddled 7500km - solo, unsupported and unassisted - for 93 days, across the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco, Africa to Antigua in the Caribbean. This is a truly unparalleled global feat!

By conquering this challenge, Chris showed the world that we all have the power to overcome the impossible. His philosophy is one of positive change – starting with ourselves; we can make a difference to others and the environment. This is the message Chris shares in all his talks and public appearances.

From Chris’s motivational and Inspirational speaking messages, to the charities he supports – it’s all focused around making the impossible, possible. In fact, everything we do at Chris Bertish-Impossible (CBI) is aimed at inspiring people to be at their best and be the change they want to see in the world.

In everything he does - from breaking world records in big wave surfing to Stand Up Paddleboarding and other water based disciplines - Chris Bertish shifts boundaries and shatters perceptions of what’s possible.

His mantra - Dream It. See it. Believe It. Achieve It - has led Chris to redefine his approach to success - not only across multiple sports, but also as a respected Author, Filmmaker and Businessman.

In March 2017, Chris completed his most daring challenge yet by becoming the first person to singlehandedly cross the entire Atlantic Ocean (over 7500km) on a Stand Up Paddleboard over 93 days. In doing so, Chris dared to achieve what most perceive to be impossible.

Now he is launching his new speaking series on the SUP Crossing, starting in South Africa and touring abroad. Known to inspire, educate and motivate audiences by sharing his captivating experiences, Chris delivers a spellbinding and captivating narrative complimented by a powerful audiovisual presentation that will blow your audience away.

Engaging Chris to address your organisation is a worthwhile investment, as your team members will be inspired to adopt a “can do” attitude and implement the tools and skills he teaches through his powerful storytelling. Chris is also able to personalise any talk to reflect your company values, mission or a particular message.

When you book Chris, you will automatically be giving back to community projects, as percentage of the revenue generated by his global speaking engagements is donated through his various charity initiatives and his RAOK (Random Acts of Kindness) Projects.


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