Chris Bertish

Mavericks Champion, Guinness World Record Holder

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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, ocean pioneer and entrepreneur.

He was recently recognized as one of the Top 5 Motivational Speakers in South Africa and Top 10 in the World. Chris was 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, along with other fellow visionaries like, Deepak Chopra, Sir Ken Robinson and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sir Richard Branson and Dr. Silvia Earle.

His incredible Mavericks big wave story was developed into a globally inspiring and award-winning film, Ocean Driven, and then was launched into the #1 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 and leaves them inspired, impacted and moved.

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 a Climate Neutral business, using his adventures and projects to support charities, both in the humanitarian, educational, sustainability and environmental realms, to bring about tangible positive change, while inspiring us to give back, lift others up, be better humans and discover our own greatest potential.

Chris is an Ambassador for Operation Smile, Sea Trees, Sea Shepherd and Conservation International and through his business and non-profit, The Chris Bertish Foundation, he annually plants multiple forests around the world, to be an example to others of the change we all wish to see in the world.

In early 2022 Chris and his team launched his new feature film documentary called “Last known Co-ordinates” globally, on his mind-altering, purpose driven, solo, unsupported, Trans-Atlantic Sup Crossing journey, which has already been selected for 5 x International Film Festivals and won multiple international awards.

In June / July 2022, Chris Wing Foiled, solo and unsupported, across the Pacific Ocean, from California to Hawaii, over 49 days and 2500 Nautical Miles, becoming the first person to wing foil across any ocean.  A project powered by nature, for nature. All tied into the UN’s 17 global SDG’s, while raising money and creating awareness on Climate Change, Ocean Health issues and the action needed to get down to carbon net zero by 2030.

In 2023, Chris just launched his second Book “All in!” on his incredible solo Stand up Paddle journey. The new book has already graced the Best Sellers list in South Africa and Chris is currently doing a Roadshow across America, West to East, launching his new book and Speaking to and inspiring audiences across the USA.

In August 2023, Chris launched his new ALL IN!- Limited Edition Eco Series Book (only 10xbooks in the world), which is the most sustainable book ever printed. A book created as an example to the world of what’s possible.Everything Chris does is about leading by example and being the change we want to see in the world, each and every day.

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All In!

Limitless! The SUP Crossing Story

Achieving the Impossible: The Mavericks Big Wave Story

Fireside Talks: Intimate Evening

Intimate Dinners: Talk & Inspirational Q&A

Workshop: Chris’s 15 Step Blueprint for Success

Workshop: Opportunity for Change

Unique Team Building SUP Sessions

10 Tools for Isolation & Work From Home Success

Thrive Through Adversity: Change & Turbulent Times

ALL IN!! The TransAtlantic Stand up Paddle Crossing -Speaker Showreel- Chris Bertish
TEDX Unlock your Superpowers & Elevate Humanity
Achieving the Impossible! Mavericks Big Wave Speaker Showreel - Chris Bertish
Ocean Driven Big Wave Story - Official Trailer Chris Bertish
Last Known Coordinates- Official Trailer Chris Bertish Trans Atlantic Story
The Most Sustainable Book on the Planet! -ALL IN!


“Chris is an amazing human!! Hearing how he maintained his positivity and mental health through his incredible voyage is amazingly inspirational. His talk was very timely; reminding us of the essential elements and tools required to maintain a positive outlook during these trying times. Chris's authentic delivery and positive energy left our team uplifted and inspired!”

UX Manager, Google

“He's an expert on shifting his comfort zone, and it's clear through his public speaking that he is right in his comfort zone. He teaches on finding your greatest potential, and coming from such a legend as Chris, I was left feeling empowered to evaluate where in my life I could more intentionally "dial it up" and follow my passions. If there's ever an attitude for gratitude that should be shared on a big stage (or virtual event), then Chris' story is one for the records. This was one of our most successful talks at Salesforce.”

Industry Events & Sponsors, Salesforce

“Chris has to be one of the most interesting people on the planet. His 10 Tools Talk on dealing with Isolation is so timely and was extremely helpful for all of us in our team, given the current events. Our team came away from the talk energized, with some valuable tools we can apply right now to our lives and with a fresh perspective. Our only wish is that we could have had several more hours to hear more of Chris’ stories from his various adventures.”

Principal, Advent International

“Chris spoke to sell out events in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg 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.”

Marketing Director, Sales Guru Live

“Chris provided us with an authentic view of his own isolation experiences and shared top tips that were easy to incorporate into daily life to help us navigate through this crisis and even beyond. I believe anyone could benefit from learning and applying these tools in their life. Extremely grateful to have been a part of this session and to have shared in the wisdom of Chris’s insights.”

Regional Manager, Cisco ANZ

“Chris’ story is one of powerful and lasting self determination which was perfectly timed given the personal and professional challenges we are all facing during the global lock-down. The talk is on-point, impactful, inspiring and would be likely to benefit any team hoping to gain perspective on where they are at present and how to not only survive, but how to thrive, in the face of change.”

Head of Developed Markets, Asia Pacific Conservation International

“His incredibly inspiring talk stuck deeply in my mind and motivated me to: get back into fitness, take on intentional nutrition for health rather than just pleasure, re-engage in the practices that put my feet and mind back on the ground so I can be present and in the moment by moment excellence of our human experience (My wife and family thank him). I take my hat off to Chris and thank him for the gift of his boggling and articulate story of how far beyond the place where we usually stop in life, we really can go.”

Senior System Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

“After an inspiring address based on his beautiful and courageous true story, Chris deservedly received a massive standing ovation from our international audience in financial services. His story is simply Breathtaking!”

Mike Lee
CEO, ATMIA, Global

“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
GM, Southern Wines, California USA

"Chris has spoken at more than five of our biggest conferences around the USA, over 2016 and 2017, 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 truly inspired.”

Jonathan Toomey
CMO, Eventful Conferences, USA