Chris delivers a spellbinding and captivating narrative complemented by a powerful audiovisual presentation that will blow your audience away. In March 2017 Chris completed his most daring challenge yet by becoming the first person to cross the entire Atlantic Ocean (over 7500km) on a Stand Up Paddleboard over 93 days and 93 grueling nights, solo & unsupported. In doing so, he dared to achieve what most perceive to be impossible. This talk will inspire, educate and motivate audiences by sharing his incredibly captivating stories, lessons and learnings on topics such as planning, attitude, change management, risk and fear management, resilience & more.
Chris rides waves the size of four-storey 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. In this presentation, Chris 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. This is a story filled with insights about overcoming obstacles, the power of the mind, embracing change, determination, never giving up and tackling the “impossible”. He’ll show audiences how to redefine limiting beliefs and reframe obstacles into opportunities.
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Chris Bertish comes of age in giant waves, leading to the Mavericks Invitational in 2010. Minutes after nearly drowning, he takes the world by storm. An empowering true story about resilience with gripping scenes of a unique big wave brotherhood and the hardships they face. This is an exclusive opportunity to be part of a private screening of this award-winning film which leaves audiences captivated at the power of the Ocean, marvelling at mother nature but more so, at Chris’s ability to overcome challenges and conquer fear. Chris demonstrates that with preparation, training, mental and physical fitness… anything is possible. Perfect team building event or corporate conference inspiration session, it compliment's Chris' Mavericks - Big Wave Story talk. The film is 1 hour in length.
A completely unique and very intimate & personal, informal evening around a fire/fire-pit, at a venue/location chosen by the client. Chris will open the session with some of his stories in a relaxed, intimate, yet casual setting, without audio visual. Clients get the rare chance to talk and engage on a one-on-one basis with Chris and find out the secrets to the magic that makes him tick, what inspires, drives and motivates him to achieve the seemingly impossible time and again and to continue doing so. This personalised session is perfectly suited to smaller groups who want a really unique and special evening comprised of your Executive Committee, VIP Guests or recognised top achievers. It’s an opportunity to engage and hear various stories about some of the greatest Adventures of our time, from the man himself. From massive waves, to great white sharks, giant squids, to World Records, Guinness World records, crossing the Atlantic, surfing Shark Island and so much more… Ask Chris the questions that you don’t get the answer to in a formal talk! This will definitely be a night to remember and one every guest will never forget.
Learn to SUP and receive some tips and techniques from the world’s most accomplished stand-up paddle boarder in a controlled and safe environment! Anyone from any background, shape, age and size can learn within half an hour. Chris’s team will help facilitate the booking and hiring of the SUP equipment (at the clients cost) and ensure sufficient boards and paddles according to your needs and then it’s all about fun, being outdoors, laughing with your team, racing, turning and experiencing first-hand the amazing sport of Stand-up Paddle boarding (SUP’ing) Chris offers personal guidance, expert tuition, advice on open water paddling, water safety, body posture, correct style and technique to optimise stroke and maximise SUP’ing enjoyment. It’s safe, easy to learn and great exercise and most of all, loads of fun! Previous Locations include: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa and Half Moon Bay in San Francisco, USA.