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Chris Bertish

Adventurer, best-selling author, big wave surfer and professional speaker

Chris Bertish Biography

Chris Bertish is a Professional Speaker; 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. A truly unparalleled global feat!

By conquering this challenge, Chris showed the world that with the right planning, preparation, a can do, never give up attitude, linked with passion and purpose, we all have the ability to overcome anything and achieve even the seemingly impossible! His philosophy is one of always having a positive mental attitude, coupled with a growth mindset, laser like focused, building great teams, who learn to flexible, adaptable and resilient, to be the catalyst for positive change and achieving extraordinary results – starting with ourselves; we can make a difference in the work place, in our businesses, to others and to the environment. This is the message Chris shares in all his talks and public appearances.

From Chris’s motivational and Inspirational talks, to the charities he supports, both for humanity and the environment – 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 believe in themselves, there greatest potential and then have the courage to take action, go beyond their own comfort zone to explore what’s truly possible and then 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 Paddle boarding 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 now as a Globally sought after Speaker, Best Selling Author, Multi Award Winning Film Director 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.

Chris has launched his new speaking series on the SUP Crossing, speaking and inspiring audiences around the world. Chris is world renowned for his very powerful and moving talks which inspire, educate, motivate and move audiences to laughter and tears, through a very powerful narrative, coupled Audio visual presentation that has audiences on the edge of their seats for the full duration of his presentation that will blow your audience away.

Engaging Chris to address your organisation is an investment that will inspire the best from everyone and be a catalyst for positive mental change and ongoing theme discussions from your team, inspired to adopt a “can do” attitude and implement the tools and skills he teaches through his powerful storytelling.

Chris is instrumental in personalising all his talks to reflect your company values, vision and mission, while weaving in your very specific and particular message.

When you book Chris, as a Speaker for your event, you will automatically be giving back to the environment and community projects, as a percentage of all his global speaking engagements is donated to his various charity initiatives & uplifting project he supports.

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Testimonials for Chris Bertish

“Chris has spoken at a number of our conferences addressing a variety of different audiences, but one thing is always constant – he captivates them from the second he walks on stage. His energy, excitement, and passion for adventure are second-to-none. It’s impossible to leave one of his talks without being inspired.

Jonathan Toomey

CMO, Eventful Conferences

“An amazingly gripping life story with so much passion and dedication it is contagious. The will to succeed no matter what the costs or potential injury that could be sustained in the process – it’s all in the mind (the mind either makes your or breaks you) and proves that any one person with so much passion, dedication and hard work can accomplish their life’s dream and go on to inspire others to do the same! Chris Bertish, you are truly one of a kind and a role model we can all look up too.”

Samantha Gemmell

Allan Gray

“Chris’s talk was simply incredible. His achievement is remarkable, but, importantly for us, there were lessons in his talk which each and every person in the audience could apply to their own lives. As a brand-building evening, it was out of the top draw. Chris was a pleasure to work with and his story is an extraordinary one. We hope that Chris becomes a household name throughout South Africa and beyond, he deserves every standing ovation and accolade that comes his way!”

James Clucas

Director, Quceas Gray

“Chris’s talk about achieving our own goals was truly fantastic. My team found it engaging and inspiring, linking in all our key focused messages, while leaving a lasting impression and fuelling a higher level of confidence and motivation to take on the challenges we face going forward”

Alexander Anson-Esparza

Head of Markeling, Glicks Group I Operation

“Your talk was simply incredible and the staff are still buzzing today and amped to read your book. There is a type of crazy that challenges the status quo and what we perceive to be possible. Chris Bertish has this in bucketloads and inspires people to be a better version of themselves. Huge appreciation and respect!”

Robin Olivier

Managing Director, DigCape South Alrica

“Everyone is just raving about your talk. Your story is truly outstanding and is told with humility, insight and humour, which is woven into a spellbinding narrative. As an inspiring and motivational talk,
cannot fault it!”

Paul Boynton

Allernalive Investments Manage, Old Mutual Investment Group

“You were everything we could have asked for and more! The standing ovation was well deserved and the response was overwhelming… You are a special Human Being!””

Steve Harden

GM, Southern Wines, Calilomia, USA

“I had heard about Chris’s idea of SUPing across the Atlantic and thought, this guy is a bit whacked. As launch date neared I started to follow his Facebook page and from launch in Morocco to watching footage on the web of his brothers screaming their heads when he was nearing the final stage of his trip in Antigua I immediately wanted to read Chris’s booked Stoked! I was taken by the immense amount of effort, energy and persistence it took Chris to achieve his goal (of firstly getting to the Mavericks contest!) and winning an event as prestigious in the surfing community as Mavericks. I now understood why and how Chris could make it across the Atlantic. We asked Chris to come and share this amazing story with our clients around South Africa, which he did with such passion and enthusiasm. I would recommend his talk to anyone looking to understand what drives the human spirit and what we can achieve if we put our minds to it.”


Ashburton Investments

“After an inspiring address based on his beautiful and courageous true story, Chris deservedly received a standing ovation from our international audience in financial services. Breathtaking!”

Mike Lee


“Many thanks to Chris for headlining our recent Sales Guru Live events in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Chris spoke to sell out events in all three cities and received standing ovations at these events and feedback from our clients has been nothing short of spectacular. Chris has an amazing story to tell and he does so with unlimited passion and drive, Chris is the consummate professional and it was a pleasure dealing with him throughout. We look forward to having Chris back at our events in 2018 to speak about his latest mind blowing accomplishments.”

Brett Wood

Marketing Director, Sales Guru Live

“Chris shared his personal story which was extremely inspirational to all the agents at our Conference. | believe every person in the room walked away feeling that they could conquer the challenges that lay before them. He was engaging and had their full attention for the whole duration of his presentation.”

Anna Davis

Markeling Manager, Parn Golding Properties

Chris Bertish‘s Topics

Limitless! The Sup Crossing Story

There has never before been a solo expedition so wild, extreme and hazardous that, as Red Bull, Nat Geo and the New York Times said ”Redefined Adventure!” But not only did Chris’s incredible SUP Crossing transcend the limits of what was thought to be humanly possible, it was completed for an incredible life-changing purpose that directly impacted and inspired millions around the world.

In Chris’s latest and most impressive talk yet, which is receiving standing ovations globally, The SUP Crossing – Go The Distance talk, Chris delivers a spellbinding and captivating narrative complemented by a powerful audiovisual presentation that will blow your audience away.

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

This talk will inspire, educate and motivate audiences by sharing his incredibly captivating stories, lessons and learnings.


– The importance of meticulous planning and preparation
– Defining your why?
– Adopt a “can do” attitude
– Embracing change as a constant
– How to implement the tools & skills Chris teaches
– Chris’ “5 p’s”: Planning, Preparation, Passion, Perseverance, Purpose
– Risk and fear management
– Innovation / working with what you have
– Collaboration and the importance of team work
– Going the distance – resilience

Intimate Dinner: Talk & Inspirational Q&A

Chris will join your team or event for a sit down dinner and open the evening with a 30 minute talk on the subject of your choice, such as his latest epic expedition; The SUP Crossing – Go The Distance.

The floor will then be opened to the audience for a personal Q&A session presenting the opportunity to deep dive into the intricacies and complex elements of the adventure, Chris’s psyche and experiences.

Enjoy a wonderfully inspirational evening with your team celebrating achievements or recognising valued clients. This informal, entertaining and motivating session complemented with food and drink will prove to be the highlight of your calendar.

Chris is a bestselling author, Award Winning Film Maker, Environmental Warrior, Ocean Pioneer, Big Wave Surfer, World Record Breaker, Philanthropist and Professional Speaker… 2 hours with Chris is the paradigm shift your company deserves!

Key features
– A rare opportunity to spend time in a relaxed setting with Chris
– Choose from a selection of Chris’ inspiring stories
– Find out how Chris continues to overcome adversity and challenge convention
– Take the time to get to know the man that has become a legend
– Ask about upcoming projects and initiatives
– Be part of an engaging discussion covering 2 decades of ocean adventure
– Understand the passion of Chris’ why and what pushes him to new frontiers
– Personalise your copy of Chris’ bestselling book, Stoked!

Workshop: Opportunity of Change

This is a workshop and talk based on being a champion of change, as it’s the constant in life.

Chris will share with you how to see the value in accepting change, in a proactive manner, to have control of a more positive outcome in order to ensure positive results. Additionally, learning to see the positive side of change and how it helps you in every way and only hinders you if you resist change it and move against it.

An invaluable workshop/talk for businesses, professionals and individuals experiencing or preparing for dramatic change.

Key features
– Changing your mind-set, attitude, results
– Perception of reality shift
– Shifting a negative state
– Can do attitude
– The stoic philosophy
– Opportunity through adversity
– The constant of challenge is the way
– A trained mind-set, is an aimed mind-set
– Seeing the opportunity in the obstacle mindset
– Dealing with the fear and moving past it
– Shifting your comfort zone
– Accomplishment breeds re-enforcement
– Shifting into a positive attitude for success
– The stimulation /engagement/ growth effect
– The stepping stones process
– The solve it / puzzle mindset
– The snowball effect

Achieving the Impossible: The Mavericks Big Wave Story

Chris rides waves the size of four-storey buildings for fun. He won the Maverick’s Big Wave International surfing event in the biggest waves ever recorded in the history of the sport. He holds the South African Open Ocean Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) 24-hour Distance World Record. Chris is living proof that if you truly believe in something, set your sights on your goal – no matter how big – if you work hard at it, stay focused and never give up, you can achieve anything.

The Maverick’s Big Wave Story tells the tale of how a regular working guy from South Africa manages to get halfway around the globe to win the prestigious Maverick’s competition (TITANS OF MAVERICKS), the world’s premiere, high adrenaline, big wave surfing event, overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles along the way, against all odds.

During this one-day, invitation-only surfing competition 24 TITANS attempt to compete at the highest level of skill, risk and athleticism to stand out and effortlessly challenge the massive swells on the biggest and best day of the winter season. It’s a story that is filled with insight about overcoming obstacles, the power of the mind, embracing change, determination, never giving up and tackling the “impossible”.

What you will learn
– Vision
– Goals
– Attitude To Action
– Dealing With Fear & Change
– The Constant Learning Attitude
– Opportunity In The Obstacle
– The Power & Impact Of Visualization
– Dream It, See It, Believe It, Achieve It Mindset
– Understanding & Redefining Limiting Beliefs
– Perseverance/resilience
– ‘Never-give-up’ Attitude
– Achieving The Impossible
– Gain insight into the preparation, emotion and challenges of the SUP Crossing

Ocean Driven Film Screening

The day that changed big wave surfing!

Chris won the Titans of Mavericks in 2010 – the world’s premier big wave surf event and Ocean Driven is the tale of overcoming obstacles as well as your own fears, inspiring viewers to never give up and never lose sight of their dreams.

Chris Bertish comes of age in giant waves, leading to the Mavericks Invitational in 2010. Minutes after nearly drowning, he takes the world by storm. An empowering true story about resilience with gripping scenes of a unique big wave brotherhood and the hardships they face.

An exclusive opportunity to be part of a private screening of this award winning film which leaves audiences captivated at the power of the Ocean, marveling at mother nature but more so, at Chris’s ability to overcome challenges and conquer fear. Chris demonstrates that with preparation, training, mental and physical fitness… anything is possible.

Key features
– Screening of the 1 hour Chris Bertish Story – Ocean Driven (available in high definition DVD & Blu-Ray)
– Relive the emotion along with Chris
– Perfectly complimented by Chris’ Maverick’s – Big Wave Story talk
– Perfect team building event or corporate conference inspiration session
– Discover how Chris triumphs through adversity and the life lessons he lives to this day

Workshop: Blueprint for Success

Chris’s 15 Step Blueprint for Success

Chris has been in corporate business as Sales Director, Marketing Director, Brand Manager, CEO
of multiple global organizations and companies as well as achieving world records across multiple different sports and disciplines.

He has written books, made films, and speaks professionally around the world to be able to help others achieve everything they set out to achieve, as he does in all areas of life.

This is a dynamic team session as Chris actively leads you through his blueprint for success on how to attain any goal in life, work and business.

Key features
– Visualization
– Goals
– Planning
– Preparation
– Belief
– Passion
– Purpose
– Innovation
– Timeline
– Action
– Flexibility
– Testing
– Adaptability
– Perseverance
– Go the distance

Fireside Talks: Intimate Evening

A completely unique and very intimate & personal, informal evening around a fire/fire-pit, at a venue/location chosen by the client. Chris will open the session with some of his stories in a relaxed, intimate, yet casual setting, without audio visual.

Clients get the rare chance to talk and engage on a one-on-one basis with Chris and find out the secrets to the magic that makes him tick, what inspires, drives and motivates him to achieve the seemingly impossible time and again and to continue doing so. This personalised session is perfectly suited to smaller groups who want a really unique and special evening comprised of your Executive Committee, VIP Guests or recognised top achievers. It’s an opportunity to engage and hear various stories about some of the greatest Adventures of our time, from the man himself.

From massive waves, to great white sharks, giant squids, to World Records, Guinness World Records, crossing the Atlantic, surfing Shark Island and so much more… Ask Chris the questions that you don’t get the answer to in a formal talk! This will definitely be a night to remember and one every guest will never forget.

Key features
– Incredibly rare personal opportunity
– Learn the mechanics and skills that Chris utilises
– Gain insight into the preparation, emotion and challenges of the SUP Crossing
– Ask the questions you are really curious to know
– Look into the eyes of a man that truly lives his passion and believes that nothing is impossible
– An engaging and interactive session
– That unites a team long into the future

Team Building Sup Sessions

Learn to SUP and receive some tips and techniques from the world’s most accomplished stand-up paddle boarder in a controlled and safe environment! Anyone from any background, shape, age and size can learn within half an hour.

Chris’s team will help facilitate the booking and hiring of the SUP equipment (at the clients cost) and ensure sufficient boards and paddles according to your needs and then it’s all about fun, being outdoors, laughing with your team, racing, turning and experiencing first-hand the amazing sport of Stand-up Paddle boarding (SUP’ing)

Chris offers personal guidance, expert tuition, advice on open water paddling, water safety, body posture, correct style and technique to optimise stroke and maximise SUP’ing enjoyment. It’s safe, easy to learn and great exercise and most of all, loads of fun!

Key features
– Team work
– Out-of-the-box thinking
– Fun in the sun, in a controlled environment
– Overcoming fears
– Embracing the unknown & stepping outside your comfort zone
– Dealing with change
– Empowering self
– Confidence & morale building
– Synergy team booster

Additional Topics

Harnessing the power of Change and transformation

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Planning and preparation for Success

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Limitless Mindset and Attitude for peak performance

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Overcoming Fear and Failure, the greatest tools for success

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Harnessing the power of next technology for success

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Vision, passion Purpose driven business

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Overcoming challenges & change

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a PMA-(Positive Mental Attitude) and belief for success

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It takes a Team to achieve greatness and success

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Embracing change/ innovation/ technology to create extraordinary results

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Team Work for excellence

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Achieving the Impossible

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Risk and Fear Management

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The other 5 P's: Planning Preparation, Perseverance, Passion, Purpose * Resilience, innovation, flexibility, resourcefulness, the keys to a thriving business * creativity, culture, courage and curiosity, the keys to a thriving business * Dream it, See it, Believe it, Achieve it

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