Chris Bertish is defining what is truly means to be a waterman, one with the sea, becoming a better person with every minute spent in the ocean. The big wave charger was the first surfer to paddle-in to Jaws, Pe’ahi, and the first to SUP at Dungeons. He won the 2010 Mavericks Invitational (yes, that was the gnarly year that broke records with massive 50-60 ft+ wave heights), and then went on to claim his own Guinness World Record in 2013 for the furthest distance ever achieved by stand-up. The 12-hour challenge was completed in the name of a humanitarian cause in South Africa.
“Dream it. See it. Believe it. Achieve it.” Not a bad motto; actually seems quite reasonable for a big wave surfer charging seemingly impossible feats. You could say that Bertish is one of surfing’s greatest role models, leading mankind’s charge in the open ocean.
Tune-in for his exclusive interview Tuesday, October 7th from 7-8 PM PST for Off the Lip Radio Show on KSCO 1080AM local radio, or watch live from the studio right here on TheSurfChannel.com :
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On December 13th, 2013, Bertish started paddling from Slangkop lighthouse past Saldahna on the West Coast of South Africa. It was roughly 130.1 km in 12-hours, non-stop!
Watch Chris Bertish’s open ocean 12-hour SUP World Record:
Bertish undertook the challenge in order to raise awareness for Lunchboxfund, who feed hungry children at schools around South Africa.
“I’m a pretty normal guy like everyone else facing the usual problems and hurdles we have to deal with to get by in life,” Bertish shares. “I just have a really strong passion and desire to ride big waves and travel all over the world in my spare time.”
“The more time I can spend in the ocean, in any shape or form, the better… I am a waterman, it’s the one place I feel truly comfortable and it makes me smile the most!”
Off the Lip Radio Show features legendary surfers and skateboarders in their Santa Cruz, California studio. You can listen in on KSCO 1080AM radio in the Bay Area every Tuesday evening starting from 7PM PST. Now, you can watch the YouTube Live stream from inside the studio right here on TheSurfChannel.com!