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Chris Bertish

Tagline: Motivational Adventurer

Speaker Highlights

  • Atlantic Crossing Triumph: Chris Bertish’s historic solo journey across the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard remains one of the most awe-inspiring feats of human endurance and determination. Paddling over 4,000 miles from Morocco to Antigua in 93 days, Chris defied the odds and shattered expectations, becoming the first person to accomplish this monumental achievement and inspiring millions around the globe.
  • Best-Selling Author: In addition to his remarkable adventures on the high seas, Chris Bertish is also a prolific author whose books have touched the hearts and minds of readers worldwide. His international best-seller, “Stoked: A Story of Courage, Determination, and the Power of Dreams,” chronicles his journey from overcoming adversity to achieving his wildest dreams, offering readers a roadmap for embracing fear, pursuing passion, and living life to the fullest.
  • Inspiring Keynote Speaker: Renowned for his dynamic stage presence and compelling storytelling, Chris Bertish is in high demand as a keynote speaker at corporate events, conferences, and educational institutions around the world. Drawing from his experiences as an ocean pioneer and adventurer, Chris delivers powerful presentations that challenge audiences to break free from their comfort zones, embrace uncertainty, and seize opportunities for growth and transformation.
  • Environmental Advocate: As a passionate advocate for environmental conservation and sustainability, Chris Bertish uses his platform to raise awareness about pressing issues facing our planet and inspire action to protect our oceans and natural resources. Through his work with nonprofit organizations and charitable initiatives, Chris empowers others to become stewards of the environment and make a positive impact in their communities.
  • Humanitarian Efforts: In addition to his athletic achievements and environmental advocacy, Chris Bertish is also deeply committed to humanitarian efforts aimed at improving the lives of those in need. Whether raising funds for clean water projects in Africa or supporting initiatives to provide educational opportunities for underprivileged youth, Chris exemplifies the power of using one’s talents and resources to make a meaningful difference in the world.

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Chris rides waves the size of four-story buildings for fun. He won the Maverick’s Big Wave International surfing event in the biggest waves ever recorded in the history of the sport.

He holds the South African Open Ocean Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) 24-hour Distance World Record.

Chris is living proof that if you truly believe in something, set your sights on your goal – no matter how big – if you work hard at it, stay focused and never give up, you can achieve anything.

The Maverick’s Big Wave Story tells the tale of how a regular working guy from South Africa manages to get halfway around the globe to win the prestigious Maverick’s competition (TITANS OF MAVERICKS), the world’s premiere, high adrenaline, big wave surfing event, overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles along the way, against all odds.

THRIVE is a 1 hour Virtual and Interactive talk & workshop via Zoom / WebX, designed to arm employees for the challenges they are currently facing.

Thrive will give them the necessary tools to face and overcome these unprecedented and challenging times, while staying positive, productive and emerging more evolved, resilient and even stronger.

As the Mavericks Big Wave Champion and the only person on the planet to survive in a tiny box sized space, paddling alone in the Atlantic Ocean for 93 days, Chris Bertish is probably one of the best and most qualified and equipped individuals to talk and give guidance on isolation and how to get through adversity, change and challenging times.

Chris Bertish has learned some highly valuable tools and skills that helped him get through these challenging times which he will share with you through this interactive Talk / Workshop.

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  • Los Angeles, USA

Fee Range:

  • Fee Range: 35,001 - 50,000



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Chris Bertish is a renowned professional speaker, ocean pioneer, and international best-selling author whose extraordinary feats have captivated audiences worldwide. With a spirit as boundless as the ocean itself, Chris exemplifies courage, resilience, and the relentless pursuit of dreams against all odds. His journey from humble beginnings to becoming a global icon for adventure and […]

Chris Bertish is a renowned professional speaker, ocean pioneer, and international best-selling author whose extraordinary feats have captivated audiences worldwide. With a spirit as boundless as the ocean itself, Chris exemplifies courage, resilience, and the relentless pursuit of dreams against all odds. His journey from humble beginnings to becoming a global icon for adventure and empowerment is a testament to the power of determination and unwavering belief in the human potential.

Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Chris developed a deep connection with the ocean from an early age. His passion for water sports eventually led him to excel in competitive surfing, windsurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding. However, it was his groundbreaking solo journey across the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard that catapulted him into the international spotlight. In 2017, Chris became the first person to complete this monumental feat, paddling over 4,000 miles from Morocco to Antigua in 93 days, all in the name of charity and pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

With a background in big-wave surfing and professional water sports, Chris brings a unique perspective to the stage, combining thrilling adventure tales with profound insights on overcoming adversity and embracing fear as a catalyst for growth. His riveting storytelling and infectious enthusiasm have made him a sought-after speaker at corporate events, conferences, and educational institutions worldwide, inspiring audiences to break free from their comfort zones and embrace the unknown with courage and conviction.

Chris Bertish | Ocean Sustainability

Expertise and Background: Empowering Audiences Through Adventure

Chris Bertish’s expertise spans a diverse range of topics, from peak performance and leadership to environmental conservation and humanitarian efforts. As a professional athlete and adventurer, Chris has honed his skills in risk management, resilience, and strategic decision-making under extreme pressure, making him a valuable resource for individuals and organizations seeking to push their limits and achieve unprecedented success.

Drawing from his experiences conquering some of the world’s most treacherous waters, Chris delivers powerful keynote presentations that challenge conventional thinking and ignite a sense of possibility in audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Whether recounting his harrowing encounters with towering waves and ferocious storms or sharing lessons learned from navigating uncharted territories, Chris’s storytelling resonates deeply with audiences, leaving a lasting impact that transcends the boundaries of the stage.

Beyond his athletic achievements, Chris Bertish is also a passionate advocate for environmental conservation and social change. Through his work with various nonprofit organizations and charitable initiatives, Chris inspires others to become stewards of the planet and catalysts for positive change in their communities. By weaving together themes of adventure, purpose, and resilience, Chris empowers audiences to harness their inner strength and embark on their own journey of self-discovery and transformation.

Why Chris Bertish Should Be Booked by Event Planners

Event planners seeking to create unforgettable experiences that leave a lasting impression on their audience need look no further than Chris Bertish. With his unparalleled track record of success, captivating stage presence, and unwavering commitment to making a difference, Chris brings a dynamic energy and authenticity to every event he attends. His ability to connect with audiences on a deeply personal level, combined with his riveting storytelling and infectious passion for adventure, makes him a standout choice for keynote speeches, panel discussions, and interactive workshops.

In addition to his compelling narrative and magnetic personality, Chris offers event planners a unique opportunity to align their programming with meaningful causes and philanthropic initiatives. Through his ongoing work with charitable organizations and humanitarian efforts, Chris demonstrates the power of using one’s platform for positive change and inspiring others to take action. By partnering with Chris Bertish, event planners can elevate their event to new heights and create a ripple effect of impact that extends far beyond the confines of the venue.

Why Event Planners Should Use Speakers Inc

Speakers Inc is proud to represent Chris Bertish as one of our premier speakers, offering event planners access to top-tier talent and unparalleled expertise in the fields of adventure, leadership, and personal development. With our extensive network of industry contacts and proven track record of delivering exceptional results, Speakers Inc simplifies the process of booking world-class speakers and entertainment for events of all sizes and budgets.

By partnering with Speakers Inc, event planners gain access to a curated selection of speakers who have been carefully vetted for their professionalism, reliability, and ability to engage and inspire audiences. Our team of experienced booking agents works closely with clients to understand their unique needs and objectives, ensuring a seamless and stress-free experience from initial inquiry to event execution. Whether you’re planning a corporate retreat, industry conference, or special event, Speakers Inc is committed to helping you find the perfect speaker to elevate your program and leave a lasting impression on your audience.

Summary and Conclusion

In summary, Chris Bertish is much more than a professional athlete or adventure seeker – he is a beacon of hope, courage, and resilience in a world filled with uncertainty and doubt. Through his extraordinary feats and unwavering determination, Chris inspires audiences to embrace fear as a catalyst for growth, pursue their passions with relentless tenacity, and become agents of positive change in their communities and beyond. As an acclaimed speaker, author, and humanitarian, Chris Bertish continues to push the boundaries of what is possible, proving that with courage, conviction, and a willingness to step into the unknown, anything is achievable.

Travels from: California or Cape Town (depends where he is at the time)

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What would you put on the line for what you believe in? For Chris Bertish, the answer is everything. ALL IN! In 2017 Chris became the first person ever to stand-up paddleboard across any ocean. Defying all odds, he paddled 7500 kilometers solo, unassisted and unsupported, for 93 days across the Atlantic Ocean, from Morocco, […]

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