The latest conversation on the Outside & Active Podcast with adventurer Chris Bertish. Joining us from the aptly named town of Wilderness in the eastern cape of South Africa, Chris talks to us about adventures, environment and his deep connection with the great outdoors.
I’m your host Matt Coyne and these were the parting words from our next guest, Chris Bertish.
You get to know your body well and what makes you a better human when you really push your limits a little bit further. What a better guest to talk about this than Chris – an ex big wave surf champion who’s paddlebaorded solo across the Atlantic to name just two of the accolades to his name. We get the low down from Chris on what goes into training at such a highly competitive level as well as his upcoming TransPac Wing Project.
About Chris Bertish
Chris Bertish is a man of many passions. He has set world records, Stand up paddled solo across the Atlantic, surfed monster waves, presented keynote talks to hundreds of thousands across the globe, written best-selling books and directed motion picture documentaries. Somehow, he has still managed to grow multiple entrepreneurial businesses in South Africa and across the world, and to fight for our youth, our planet and our future. A man of many passions, indeed. And one who doesn’t believe in iMPOSSIBLE!
In 2010, Chris made headlines when he won the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational, a surfing competition without rival. Born a skinny kid in Kenilworth, Cape Town, Chris found a way to travel across the world and outwit, outsmart and outperform the world’s best-paid professional athletes – and forever change the face of big-wave surfing.
6 years later, after half a decade of intense training, Chris set out from Morocco, alone, on a stand-up paddleboard, with his sights set on the shores of Antigua in the Caribbean. 93 days, 7500 kilometers and uncountable challenges, terrors, self-doubts and trials later, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean and entered, tanned and bearded, into the Guinness Book of World
What is perhaps most inspiring about this tale is not the work of Chris himself, but the 1000 children of the Lunchbox Fund and Operation Smile that he did all of this for. 1000 kids who had been born with cleft palates, who now have had their futures returned to them. He continues to use his adventures to support charities in environmental, humanitarian, educational, sustainability and conservation realms, to bring about tangible positive change and inspire us all to be better human beings.
To follow Chris’ journey, watch his films or buy his book, please visit WWW.CHRISBERTISH.COM