Chris BertishAdventurer at Mavericks Big Wave Champion, SUP Trans-Atlantic Paddler
Chris Bertish is a professional speaker, big wave surfing Mavericks champion, stand up paddle board Guinness World Record holder, best-selling author, award-winning film director, philanthropist, conservationist, educator, ocean pioneer and businessman.
His incredible Mavericks big wave story was developed into a globally inspiring and award-winning film, Ocean Driven, and then emerged into the best-selling book- Stoked! In 2017, Red Bull Adventure exclaimed Chris “redefined the concept of extreme adventure” when he became the first person ever to stand up paddle across any ocean. Defying all odds, he navigated 4660 mi (7500 km) solo, unsupported and unassisted for 93 days, across the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco, Africa to the Caribbean Island of Antigua. The Sup Crossing was a truly unparalleled global feat, while raising money and awareness for conservation and to help disadvantaged children in Africa, through the Lunchbox Fund and Operation Smile.
Chris Bertish shifts boundaries and shatters perceptions of what’s possible, while using his voice, his stories and his adventures as a force for good and positive change. He is B Corp and 1% for the Planet Certified, using his adventures and projects to support charities, both in the humanitarian, educational, sustainability and environmental realms, to bring about tangible positive change, inspiring us to give back, be better humans, become more purpose driven and discover our greatest potential.
Chris is an Ambassador for the World View Climate Change Parks, Operation Smile, 2Oceans Aquarium and recently been taken on as a global Ambassador for Conservation International and through his business he annually plants multiple forests around the world, to be an example to others of the change we wish to see in the world.
He’s also been a part of a small team working on a new, innovative and forward thinking educational curriculum for the world, called “Ambassadors for the Planet”, which was recently endorsed by the U.N. and will be launched globally in 2020, teaching kids outdoors in nature, through design thinking, creating better humans, solution driven thinking youth, with the planet in mind more, creating mindful leaders.
Chris and his team have just finished his new feature film documentary called “Last known Co-ordinates”, on his mind-altering, purpose driven, solo, unsupported, Trans- Atlantic Sup Crossing journey. The film is set to launch globally in the early part 2020 and will inspire a generation to believe in what’s truly possible when you’re truly purpose driven.