Chris Bertish: Biography highlights

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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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.



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Achieving the Impossible! Mavericks Big Wave Speaker Showreel - Chris Bertish
Achieving the Impossible! Mavericks Big Wave Speaker Showreel - Chris Bertish
Ocean Driven (Trailer)
Ocean Driven (Trailer)
Limitless! The Sup Crossing Speaker Showreel - Chris Bertish
Limitless! The Sup Crossing Speaker Showreel - Chris Bertish
Chris Bertish. Blockchain Shift 2018
Chris Bertish. Blockchain Shift 2018
Chris Bertish: Achieving the Impossible - The Mavericks Big Wave Story 2019
Chris Bertish: Achieving the Impossible - The Mavericks Big Wave Story 2019
Chris Bertish – World First Transatlantic SUP Crossing
Chris Bertish – World First Transatlantic SUP Crossing
Chris Bertish Discusses Paddling 4,000 Miles from Morocco to Antigua - The Inertia
Chris Bertish Discusses Paddling 4,000 Miles from Morocco to Antigua - The Inertia
Eventful Conferences

“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
Allan Gray

“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
Quceas 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
Glicks Group I Operation

“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 Marketing
DigCape South Alrica

“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
Old Mutual Investment Group

“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
Southern Wines, Calilomia, USA

“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
Ashburton Investments

“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!”

Mike Lee
Sales Guru Live

“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
Parn Golding Properties

“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
Marketing Manager

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