Chris Bertish, a South African native, Ultimate Waterman, Inspirational Speaker, Philanthropist, Big Wave Surfer and Author & Living Legend started his voyage for charity in Agadir, Morocco on December 6, 2016. He paddled around the Canary Islands, across the Atlantic Ocean, and is scheduled to complete this amazing journey in Antigua on Thursday, March 9th between 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The exact time of his arrival will continue to be updated
as he gets closer to English Harbour.
In the first 16 days of the expedition, despite harrowing weather conditions and numerous major technical challenges, Chris managed to break the previous solo, unsupported and unassisted open ocean distance world record of nearly 300 miles, previously set by Bart de Zwart during a five-day paddle from Hawaii’s Big Island to Kauai. Chris has gone on to set a new open ocean world record, while also becoming the first person to ever paddle between the mainland of Morocco and the Canary Islands. Every day since, Bertish adds to the new world record and has now traveled over 1,750 miles by reaching 34°W longitude.
Chris Bertish is no stranger to big adventures. A nominee for SUP Awards Top Expedition in 2013 and 2015 for his past expeditions, and winner of the Nightjar Adventurer of the Year Award in 2014, he believes no challenge is ever too great or impossible. He attributes his many years of meticulous planning, preparation, sailing, and big-wave surfing experience—coupled with the vast knowledge he has gained from multiple Atlantic crossings—as invaluable assets to the overall success of the Sup Crossing. Chris was part of Trinidad and Tobago’s Crash Test Dummies Sailing Team in the late 1990s, which won the Antigua Sailing Week, in Caribbean. This happens to be the same location where Chris will be finishing his monumental expedition, which he hopes to arrive this week.
He will then fly to the BVI on Sunday March 12th to have some much needed rest and relaxation with his wife Clellind Bertish aboard a Horizon Yacht Charters yacht. While in the BVI he will do a short Question and Answer session at Nanny Cay beach on March 15th, Wednesday, from 5:30-6:30pm where the youth of the BVI are encouraged to participate. Chris sponsors several international charities which are youth related and while in the BVI, hopes to raise awareness for safety at sea and make a donation to KATS BVI (Kids and the Sea).
Read more about Chris and his journey here at SUP the mag.