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Chris  Bertish

Chris Bertish

Adventurer & Best-Selling Author


Chris Bertish has broken world records in numerous big wave surfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and many other water based disciplines just as he has shattered perceptions of what is Possible, in everything he does. His mantra of Dream It, See It, Believe and Achieve It, has led Chris to redefine the approach to achieving success, not only across multiple sports, but also as an author, filmmaker, businessman and attaining any goal he has set for himself. Read More >

In March 2017, Chris completed his most challenging adventure yet by successfully doing something no other human being on the planet has come close to achieving. Becoming the first person ever to cross the entire Atlantic Ocean, over 7500km, alone and unsupported, on a Stand Up Paddle Board for 93 days.

In his popular motivation talks, Chris doesn’t just talk about what he does (believe it or not, he’s not one to brag about his achievements). Instead, he talks about why he does it. Because like every successful sportsperson, team-leader, businessperson or entrepreneur, Chris knows that it’s the reasons why we do something that determine how we do it – or whether we do it at all. There’s an authenticity to this material that makes people sit up and listen.

Chris has become a sought after global motivational keynote and TEDx guest speaker. Whether talking at corporate events or schools, his tale of overcoming obstacles to get half way around the globe for the Mavericks competition final always has audiences clinging to the edge of their seats.

Chris is not a full-time professional athlete; he’s a regular working guy. That meant he had to balance his talent and big waves ambitions with working to pay the rent. Chris created his own opportunities to pursue his dreams, running his own small business while he did the tough training. There were plenty of opportunities to get despondent and give up. But Chris never did. In Chris’s world, there is no such thing as "can't."

Chris is living proof that if you truly believe in something, set your sights on your goal – no matter how big – work hard at it, stay focused and never give up, you can achieve anything. Chris dares to achieve what most perceive to be Impossible. He weaves these topics into a spellbinding and exhilarating narrative complemented with powerful images and video that will blow your audience away. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

I Believed in Myself and I Believed in my Dream

Ocean Drive Trailer

I'm Possible

Speech Topics

The SUP Crossing: Go the Distance – One Stroke at a Time

I’mPossible: The Mavericks Big Wave Story

Achieving the Impossible through Attitude & Teamwork

Finding Your Passion & Fulfilling a Life of Purpose

Embracing Change & Being Prepared for Anything!