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History Made by a Man with an Impossible Dream

Monday, 20 March 2017

History Made by a Man with an Impossible Dream

South African big wave surfer and adventurer Chris Bertish has paddled his way into the records books and everyone’s hearts by completing his monumental SUP challenge to cross the Atlantic solo and unassisted.

The waterman from Cape Town singlehandedly paddled 4050 miles from Agadir, Morocco arriving into English Harbour, Antigua on 9 March after 93 days at sea.

Dubbed the ‘impossible’ challenge and faced with everything Mother Nature had to offer, Chris powered his custom-built stand up paddleboard to become the first person ever to complete a solo, unassisted, open ocean, SUP trans-Atlantic crossing. 

This unique challenge was not a one off for the well-known adventurer and international motivational speaker, he has spent many years competing, campaigning and exploring. We looked deeper into the inspiration that is Chris Bertish.

- Has paddled one of the biggest waves in the world (2000)

- The first person to paddle in at the infamous Maui surf break, Jaws (2001)

- Mavericks Big Wave Champion (2010)

- Open Ocean SUP 24hour distance World record holder

- Set a new English Channel World Record on a SUP (2013) 5:26:03

- Author of Stoked an inspiring story about courage, determination and the power of dreams

His passion to raise money and awareness for his chosen charities; Signature of Hope Trust, The Lunchbox Fund and Operation Smile has meant that as of today the SUP crossing project has raised R5, 460,030 (£346,304). 

Through his goals and achievements, he is inspiring others to believe in themselves and what is possible. To find out more on the Sup crossing read the exclusive Chris Bertish interview with Surfline here.

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