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:

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:)

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…