Chris Bertish

Chris Bertish

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.

He was recently recognized as one of the Top 5 Speakers in South Africa and selected as one of the Genius 100-Global Visionaries for the future, by the Einstein Institute, both for excellence in his disciplines and universal global positive influence. Together, Chris and his fellow visionaries, Deepak Chopra, Sir Ken Robinson, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Shimon Peres are collaborating with the intent to inspire the next generation of geniuses.

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.

He has become renowned for his dynamic and inspiring keynote addresses delivered around the globe, which move audiences to tears and laughter, with a powerful narrative and audio-visual overload that keeps people on the edge of their seats from start to finish.

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.

Over the next two years Chris will be finishing up on his second Book “All in!” on his incredible Atlantic journey, while also working with his global team will be working on the Oceans 17 Project, a massive global project set for 2022-2023, where Chris will be circumnavigating the planet, building schools, delivering the new curriculum, planting forests, at 17 unique locations around the world, highlighting 17 of the worlds most endangered species, all tied into the UN’s 17 global SDG’s and doing this all completely powered by nature!



  • First person to row Standing Up across the Atlantic – 2017
  • Impossible – The Mavericks Big Wave Story
  • Power of the Mind: Obstacles and Welcoming Change
  • Vision, to Goals, to Action, to Success

Dealing with Change and Conquering your Fear

Chris is a Marketing & Sales graduate who runs his own business in South Africa, while inspiring people both locally and around the world, delivering workshops and motivational talks for businesses and corporates alike.

Chris Bertish motivates staff and sales teams by helping them realize that, by having the right attitude, embracing change, overcoming obstacles and improving planning and preparation, they can dramatically improve business results while achieving their own personal goals and helping them in their personal lives, while realizing their own full potential.


You were everything we could have asked for and more! The standing ovation was well deserved and the response overwhelming. Steve Harding, Southern Wines GM, California

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