Chris Bertish likes to say that he’s just a normal guy. A regular Joe facing the same life struggles as you and I. The difference is Chris Bertish is willing to throw himself over the ledge of an ocean wave the size of a four story building, paddle unsupported for seven days up treacherous coastlines alone, in extreme winds, battling the elements or paddle across the Atlantic on an SUP.
He’s won the Maverick’s Big Wave International surfing event in the biggest and heaviest waves ever recorded in the history of the sport and has a string of other notable world firsts under his belt, which most people are completely unaware of and he won’t be the one to mention it either.
He’s so comfortable in the ocean he succeeds at most things that you and I would never even think of doing, or believe are even possible.
The fact that he’s managed to achieve all this without ever being a full time professional athlete just makes his story even more remarkable. Because just like you and I, Chris Bertish has had to work damn hard to pay the bills, running his own small business, while still having to train and compete internationally on the side, in order to achieve his surfing & adventure goals and dreams.
To do so Chris has always had to balance his raw talent and big wave ambitions with a healthy dose of realism. Unlike other sponsored professional athletes, Chris not only had to do the hard job of riding the most frightening and massive waves on the planet, he’s also had to get to these far off destinations on his own dime; creating his own opportunities to ‘live the dream’. This is not the story of a sponsored glory boy given every opportunity to rise to the top of big wave surfing and other ocean adventure sports, but rather the tale of a young man with huge amounts of courage, focus, self belief and a never say die optimism and a steely determination to achieve greatness, regardless of his situation, or the odds stacked against him.
He won the Mavericks event against all odds in some of the most serious waves ever surfed in a competition and has broken a string of records paddling on his SUP (Stand up Paddle board) to raise money for charities like the Cancer Association, Reach for a Dream & the Lunchbox Fund. He has just recently returned from competing in the Stand Up Paddle World Championships in Peru for second time, where he again made a top 10 finish. Next year he aims to be the first person to paddle an SUP across the Atlantic Ocean.
Along the way Chris has mastered the gift of talking an amazingly inspirational story. And so has become both a global Motivational Keynote and TEDx guest speaker, who travels the world inspiring audiences to believe, that they too, can achieve great things, with the right self belief, attitude and focus. It’s just a matter of choice.
Chris has a motto that captures his attitude to both overcome struggle and achievement. “Dream it, see it, believe it, achieve it.” It’s that simple and he has proven time and again that if you truly believe in something and you set your sights on that goal – no matter how big – if you work hard at it, stay focused, determined, resilient and never give up, you can achieve anything.Book Chris now