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Adventurer, best-selling author, big wave surfer and professional speaker
Chris Bertish is a Professional Speaker; Big Wave Surfing Mavericks champion; Stand Up Paddle Boarding Guinness World Record Holder and Ocean Pioneer.
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What Chris Bertish's clients say
"Chris is an amazing human!! Hearing how he maintained his positivity and mental health through his incredible voyage is amazingly inspirational. His talk was very timely; reminding us of the essential elements and tools required to maintain a positive outlook during these trying times. Chris's authentic delivery and positive energy left our team uplifted and inspired!"
"He's an expert on shifting his comfort zone, and it's clear through his public speaking that he is right in his comfort zone. He teaches on finding your greatest potential, and coming from such a legend as Chris, I was left feeling empowered to evaluate where in my life I could more intentionally "dial it up" and follow my passions. If there's ever an attitude for gratitude that should be shared on a big stage (or virtual event), then Chris' story is one for the records. This was one of our most successful talks at Salesforce."
"Chris has to be one of the most interesting people on the planet. His 10 Tools Talk on dealing with Isolation is so timely and was extremely helpful for all of us in our team, given the current events. Our team came away from the talk energized, with some valuable tools we can apply right now to our lives and with a fresh perspective. Our only wish is that we could have had several more hours to hear more of Chris’ stories from his various adventures."
"Chris provided us with an authentic view of his own isolation experiences and shared top tips that were easy to incorporate into daily life to help us navigate through this crisis and even beyond. I believe anyone could benefit from learning and applying these tools in their life. Extremely grateful to have been a part of this session and to have shared in the wisdom of Chris’s insights."
"Chris’ story is one of powerful and lasting self-determination which was perfectly timed given the personal and professional challenges we are all facing during the global lock-down. The talk is on-point, impactful, inspiring and would be likely to benefit any team hoping to gain perspective on where they are at present and how to not only survive, but how to thrive, in the face of change."
"His incredibly inspiring talk stuck deeply in my mind and motivated me to: get back into fitness, take on intentional nutrition for health rather than just pleasure, re-engage in the practices that put my feet and mind back on the ground so I can be present and in the moment by moment excellence of our human experience (My wife and family thank him). I take my hat off to Chris and thank him for the gift of his boggling and articulate story of how far beyond the place where we usually stop in life, we really can go."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"Chris shared his personal story which was extremely inspirational to all the agents at our Conference. I 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."
Chris Bertish's 2023 biography
Chris Bertish’s Background
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.
Chris Bertish's 2023 speaking fees
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