Caring makes a man Stronger

Strength in a man lies not in his physical strength but more so in ability to be strong when needed, soft when required, accommodating where possible and caring when ever he has the opportunity to do so.

Being bigger than himself and thinking about others, whether that be a phone call to someone they haven’t spoken to for ages that’s going through a difficult time, dropping off presents to the needy, when most are all to busy in there own Christmas spirits, whether it be taking your partner on a little adventure out of the blue…

Red Cross Childrens Hospital

Red Cross Childrens Hospital

Buying flowers for the one you love, for no particular reason.

Being there for someone who hits an unexpected obstacle.

Remembering the little things that other people often forget.

Thinking about how you can help someone else and implementing it, anytime in your busy day.

Helping someone across the road, or with there groceries when they least expect it.

Giving people presents that least expect it, without expecting any in return…

Caring is strength, its sensitivity, it shows character, love, maturity and that you always have space to give back, to help, to assist be better, to give more than yourself and to be a better man than most, because it’s the little things in life that often make all the difference to others and show how much you care…

Little Adventures show you care

Little Adventures show you care

Be stronger, be better, care a little more and give back a little more to others, whenever and wherever you can.

For Miles for Smiles, in association with Operation Smile

For Miles for Smiles, in association with Operation Smile

24Hour World Record Attempt aborted

24hour Word Record Attempt 1- ends at 1am, in hectic life threatening conditions

After a pretty intense and daunting night at sea in some pretty wild and wooly conditions, with a forecast that just got worse and worse, to ensure my safety and that of the team, I made a tough call just after midnight last night, after paddling in the most hectic, sea state I have yet experienced over the last 5 years of open ocean paddling..
The conditions that were forecasted to get lighter and milder, just got progressively worse, more severe and dangerous after the sun went down and by midnight, after paddling for 6hours and 47km, the sea state became to difficult for me to manage and with my team battling to keep track of me in the wild ocean at night, over 40km offshore, I called it off and, climbed back onboard, as waves broke over the stern of the craft, in 3.5m rough seas and 25-30knts of breeze.

It was exciting, grueling, scary at times, beautiful at others, heart wrenching and challenging on every level. The most difficult 6hours I can remember, but we gained great insight, experience and lessons which we have de-briefed with the team to ensure when we do it again, we can make a great deal of changes to ensure a more positive outcome. ‪#‎24hrsup‬.
We always need to be mindful, we are in the ocean, which is constantly changing and highly unpredictable and even though the forecast may say one thing, you could get something completely different. Don’t fight the ocean when its in this state, as you will always lose. Save it to brave another day, another adventure, when its more manageable, when you are more in tune and don’t have to fight it, as the ocean will always rule supreme.
This project was done in association with Cipla, Miles for Smiles, Island Tribe,Gul South AfricaSuunto mophie GO Thanks for your support. and for supporting Miles for Smiles and helping kids with cleft palates/lips. Please donate if you would like to help further on the below link:
http://milesforsmiles.co.za/make-a-donation

A Big thanks to Tim, Kevin, Mark and the crew from TarrynAmy & Obelix support boats you guys were amazing and my Awesome and amazing support team of @Jordy-Mattbox Video,Jeff Jones-Web, Kelly Burke, Clellind FivazMaleen Hoekstra, Jennifer Clarke Koopmans, Michaeljon M Fuchs, Lynelle Hoeks, Nico Pfitzenmaier, Grants Scholtz,@Fluxcommunications.
There’s no such thing as failure in life, only a failure to try, so when you lose, don’t lose the lesson…many positive lessons to learn and gain from last night, tales to tell and amazing images to share.. Thanks everyone keep living with the courage to follow your passions and dreams:)

24 Hour Open Distance update

pic1After a pretty intense and daunting night at sea in some pretty wild and wooly conditions, with a forecast that just got worse and worse, to ensure my safety and that of the team, I made a tough call just after midnight last night, after paddling in the most hectic, sea state I have yet experienced over the last 5 years of open ocean paddling.

The conditions that were forecasted to get lighter and milder, just got progressively worse, more severe and dangerous after the sun went down and by midnight, after paddling for 6hours and 47km, the sea state became to difficult for me to manage and with my team battling to keep track of me in the wild ocean at night, over 40km offshore, I called it off and, climbed back onboard, as waves broke over the stern of the craft, in 3.5m rough seas and 25-30knts of breeze.

pic2It was exciting, grueling, scary at times, beautiful at others, heart wrenching and challenging on every level. The most difficult 6hours I can remember, but we gained great insight, experience and lessons which we have de-briefed with the team to ensure when we do it again, we can make a great deal of changes to ensure a more positive outcome. ‪#‎24hrsup‬.

We always need to be mindful, we are in the ocean, which is constantly changing and highly unpredictable and even though the forecast may say one thing, you could get something completely different. Don’t fight the ocean when its in this state, as you will always lose. Save it to brave another day, another adventure, when its more manageable, when you are more in tune and don’t have to fight it, as the ocean will always rule supreme.

pic3This project was done in association with Cipla, Miles for Smiles, Island Tribe, Gul South AfricaSuunto mophie GO

Thanks for your support. and for supporting Miles for Smiles and helping kids with cleft palates/lips. Please donate if you would like to help further on the below link:
http://milesforsmiles.co.za/make-a-donation

A Big thanks to Tim, Kevin, Mark and the crew from Tarryn, Amy & Obelix support boats you guys were amazing and my Awesome and amazing support team of @Jordy-Mattbox Video, Jef Jones at Mediumrare, Kelly Burke, Clellind Fivaz, Maleen Hoekstra, Jennifer Clarke Koopmans, Michaeljon M Fuchs, Lynelle Hoeks, Nico Pfitzenmaier, Grants Scholtz,@Fluxcommunications.

There’s no such thing as failure in life, only a failure to try, so when you lose, don’t lose the lesson…many positive lessons to learn and gain from last night, tales to tell and amazing images to share.. Thanks everyone keep living with the courage to follow your passions and dreams:)

Your Glory Days- The present, not the past!

Glory Days- The present,not the past!

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Track race CB Junior SchoolPeople talk about glory days like it’s always in the past, 10 or 15yrs, or even 20yrs ago or when they were at high school, but I have never really understood this at all.

Surely our glory days need to be in the present and what we’ve done in the past is great, but this is past, its what we are doing right now, today, every day that matters…weather that be, a goal you have set for yourself, your family, or a holiday with your wife and or kids, a half marathon you have always wanted to run.

These are your glory days, each and every day, so go out there and live them and take the time to create and weave the magic, create the memories that are, each & every day, your glory days.

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todos3If there is anything you want to do in your life, set that goal, write it down, dream about it, see it, work hard at it, believe in it, stay determined, stay focused and above all else, never ever, ever give up on it, until you achieve it.

  • 30 yrs ago, as a kid, I dreamed about racing the biggest and fastest racing yachts around the world and get paid to do it, I didn’t know if I could, but then I started believing I could and then took daily steps and actions and trained towards making it happen, until 15 yrs ago, I did.
  • 25 yrs ago, as a teenager, I dreamed about surfing the biggest waves in the world. I didn’t know if I could do it, but then I started believing I could and then took daily steps and actions & trained towards making it happen, until 10yrs ago, I did.
  • 15 yrs ago, as an adult, I dreamed about getting invited into the Titans of Mavericks Big Wave event, surfing in it and winning it. I didn’t know if I could do it, but then I started believing I could and then took daily steps and actions and trained towards making it happen, until 3yrs ago, I did.
  • 6 yrs ago, in my mid thirties, I dreamed about setting a new Guinness World record for the longest Open Ocean distance paddled of 131km in 12 hours on a Stand up paddleboard. I didn’t know if I could do it, but then I started believing I could and then took daily steps and actions & trained towards making it happen, until last year, I did.
  • 4 yrs ago, in my late thirties, I dreamed about making a movie & writing a book on my life story, I didn’t know if I could do it, but then I started believing I could and then took daily steps and actions & working towards making it happen, until this year, I did.
  • 2 yrs ago, I dreamed about competing in and sailing in the World Windsurf Speed Challenge, on the Speed Canal in Luderitz, Namibia, I didn’t know if I could do it, but then I started believing I could and then took daily steps and actions & trained towards making it happen, until 5 days ago, I did. 🙂

IMG_3388 IMG_2317 IMG_1346 Mavericks Big Wave Final CB 2010We all have fears and doubts in our life, that hinder us from our goals and dreams, but once you realize that today, right here, right now are your glory days and you are the creator of your own destiny, you are the Captain of your ship, you are the dream weaver of your own future, your own destiny and if you truly believe strongly enough in yourself, if you believe in the power of dreams and have the courage to be able to follow them through, then you can truly achieve anything, as nothing’s impossible, unless you believe it to be…

 

These are your glory days

 

The Need for Speed!

An amazing couple days speed sailing, something I always dreamed of doing, sailing and cracking a top speed of 45.05knts, with one pretty intense crash, no broken bones, one, very bruised ball, one broken carbon boom & harness line, but met the most amazing bunch of friends that will last a lifetime…A strong reminder, that it’s not the destination that counts, but enjoying the people, the friendships created, the magic moments & the journey along the way.. Thanks to everyone for making this an epic experience & one I will never forget..

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I’m only driving back from Namibia now, working up there, seeing new accounts & expanding our business..Driving back gives you time to look back and reflect..Its been epic! Amazing Namibian scenery, dry, arid and beautiful..Speed week was a breath of fresh air, a new challenge, to test myself, do something different..but met the most amazing people..The speed sailing crew are just the most awesome crew, friendly sharing and giving like you never would imagine..I don’t think I ended up sailing with one item of my own equipment in the end besides, my wetsuit and harness..one Andrea Baldini board, Erik Beale fin & sail, Johnny van der Vyver Boom, Alberto Possati harness lines and weight jacket, Hennie Bredenkamp’s guidance, Mitch Wagstaff with the sail numbers and the whole crew’s wisdom and advice on rigging and Seb & Sophie’s help to be able to come and compete amongst the worlds best.. I learnt that this event wasnt for me about breaking a world record, but merely about pushing & challenging myself and evolving, but even more importantly it was about the people, the friendship, the sharing, the caring and spirit of helping from the brotherhood and knights of Speed! Knights of the Brotherhood of speed, I salute you and thank you..until we meet again, at over 43knts..

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— with Alberto Possati and 7 others.

What drives & inspires you?

Life is about finding your passion…finding out what inspires and drives you and then following this passion, with the extra energy and stoke it gives you to carry out your days with passion, direction and purpose, which will in turn help you achieve all your goals and live your dreams.

What drives & Inspires Chris Bertish-Big Wave Surfer/Speaker/Waterman

Always make time to give back through random acts of kindness and help others wherever you can. Love what you do and do what you love. Life’s too short to waste it on anything less, as a life filled with regret, is no life at all.

I’m driven by a love and passion for the ocean, for nature and discovering new places, redefining new limits through the various adventures I undertake, while re-defining possible, by squeezing the most out of every opportunity and generally always trying to squeeze the most out of life.

I believe we all need to constantly keep growing and evolving, keep testing and pushing ourselves both physically & mentally, while pushing the limits of what’s possible in all area’s of life.

I try and live with the attitude, to never give up, never give in. To live with the courage to follow my heart, my passions, which ultimately help realize your dreams.

This is done simply by making a choice, to let go of all limiting beliefs, believe whole heartedly in yourself, which in turn, inspires others to believe they to can achieve there potential.

I believe that if you truly believe in something and you have the faith & belief in yourself to achieve something. If you persevere and never give up, anything is possible. No matter who you are and where you come from doesn’t matter. Life is all about choices & it’s just a choice, a simple decision and then having the courage to follow that through, no matter the obstacles that come your way.

If you can dream it & you can see it and you truly believe it, you can achieve it, as Nothing’s Impossible unless you believe it to be.

What legacy do you want to leave behind?

Mine is simply to squeeze the most out of life, seize every opportunity, live with no regrets, live with the courage to try, believe in my self and all that’s possible. To leave the world a better place by give back when ever possible and inspiring others to dream big and then live with the courage to follow them…

Men and their role as fathers and also as husbands.

I think the most important elements for being a good role model as a father is being able to give consistent and great Guidance and a key solid foundation to your kids taught by example and through consistency, which gives the kids the foundation they all need to build off, as a base growing up

Paddling with the family

Paddling with the family

The other key element is constant and consistent care, love and support towards all they do and that’s important to them

To teach them to have humility, to be humble and never take anything for granted are key cornerstones for keeping you grounded

To have a positive attitude & strong self-belief is key to have success and be successful in anything you do

Consistently remind yourself and your kids to never look at a problem, but rather as a puzzle, a challenge, to think outside of the box, to solve things in life, see them as an Adventure

Remain Disciplined & have a strong work ethic always, as nothing in life is free

Sailing with Dad

Sailing with Dad

Never ever forget and under estimate the importance of still being courteous and having good manners, no matter where you are and whom you are with

Teaching honesty and living by it is one of life’s most important and most valuable lessons to teach your kids, as your word is your bond.

Keith Bertish- My late Dad

Keith Bertish- My late Dad

Making time for Family time as dad and as a husband is key and something that sounds simple, but often not as easy to do as it sounds in modern life, with the 24/7 lifestyle and demands of us all the time.

I believe this was what was important to my Dad that I took from him as I grew up into the man I have become today and in looking back in hindsight I wouldn’t change a thing, as a role model I would want to be for my kids one day..

New Guinness World Record

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Open ocean 12 hour SUP distance record (121km)

Overview

  1. Started off Kommetjie at 7am
  2. First 30km leg completed in just under 3 hours with an average speed of 10,5 km/h
  3. Second 42km leg completed in just over 4 hours with an average speed of 9,5 km/h
  4. Final 31km leg completed in just under 3 hours with an average speed of 11 km/h
  5. Successfully finished at Saldanha at 7pm

Watch the video

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Map overview

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Project Code Red success!

Yesterday afternoon Chris Bertish set a new SUP record for the crossing of the English Channel – a 38.1km stretch. This was the cherry-on-the-cake after Chris’ 3.5-day Thames River source-to-sea adventure, which saw him run 20km, SUP 243-kilometres and bike 35km to the Thames Barrier. This was all part of his Project Code Red Adventure http://chrisbertish.com/projects/project-code-red/ all for Charity- The Lunchbox Fund.

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First ever, Thames River source-to-sea run, stand up paddle, cycle

This is the adventure that kicked off Chris’ ‘Project Code Red’ expedition and it began on Thursday, 1 August with a run from the Source of the river up in the Cotswold’s, under an old ash tree, 20km from Cricklade. From here Chris was able to launch his SUP board, into the river with barely enough water to float him and paddling over 90-kilometres per day – sleeping less than three hours a day, paddling mostly through the night.

It seems that the many-many-many locks, over 47, headwinds & carrying all his gear with him, slowed Chris’ progress. Some 24-hours into this adventure he commented, “Making up some good time… Just got let through the first lock of over 20; have had to carry all my equipment across every other time. Stoked”.

He made it to the SUP finish point at Putney on Sunday evening, but with night closure of the Central London Thames Path and bike malfunctions, he could only complete the 35km bike section to the Thames Barrier the following day.

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Chris was aiming to complete this challenge in 60hrs and although it took longer, this was undoubtedly a difficult physical undertaking that won’t see many rushing to better.

At the end of this Chris wrote, “First ever Thames River Source-to-Sea (run/SUP/cycle) 4.5 days, 321km, 9.5 hours sleep, completed… Lots of obstacles and challenges to overcome like most great adventures, but I’m super stoked and thanks to everyone out there for the constant support and motivational messages to get me all the way through this adventure”.

And then, with little more than a pit stop on his bike to celebrate by himself with half a beer while waiting for a taxi back to his car, he packed up his bike, headed 3 hours east to Dover to get in late that night, get a couple hours rest and head out first thing in the morning for the English Channel crossing!

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English Channel crossing

We’d barely recovered from keeping an eye on Chris’ live tracker following him for the last heart stopping 4.5 day multi marathon, when we got an update saying he was just about to embark on a English Channel record attempt and was leaving from Dover in half an hour to start.

At the start of the crossing he wrote, “The white cliffs of Dover… Here we go again. Start in half hour. Goal 5h:10 hours, current record 5h:38. Project Code Red-Part 2 is officially a go!” Despite waiting for three ships to pass, and doing an extra 1km by mistake, Chris still managed to break the existing record by 12 minutes.

Yesterday afternoon he wrote, “Project Code Red Part 1 & 2 complete & successful. New Channel Crossing record set. After 38.1km paddled, avg speed 7.1km/h and new record time 5h: 26mins.01sec”.

Chris commented afterwards” I wasn’t really planning on doing the Channel Crossing literally 12 hours after completing the Source to Sea adventure, but with the weather window looking so good, I just had to do it, no matter what. Sometimes in life you only get an opportunity once and you have to be ready anytime to take it. We can always find excuses of why we can’t, but you just need to focus on one reason why you can and make it happen.

Fortune favors the brave and those willing to live with the courage to try.

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These adventures were in aid of charity; a non-profit called the Lunchbox Fund in South Africa, to feed hungry kids who don’t have lunch at school. “I really couldn’t have thought of a better reason to do both of these projects, life’s all about giving back where ever you can, no matter weather its a little or a lot. “ mentioned Chris

“Make a difference, as every little helps”

 

Project Code Red, chrisbertish.com

Project Code Red, chrisbertish.com

An Inspirational tale of being determined, focused, never giving up, staying true to your goals, staying positive when the going gets tough and following your dreams, as Chris says” Nothing is Impossible, unless you believe it to be.” I think this back-to-back world first extreme adventure and new Channel Crossing record feat, without skipping a beat, is true testament to this.

Chris wanted to send a special mention to all the support he got from all over the world on the social media updates who were tracking his every update and especially Ben Grenata from K38 for support and assistance on the Thames Source to sea section.

 

Have a look at the Project Code Red page for more information.