Name: Chris Bertish
Sponsors: O’Neill, Jim Beam, Jeff Clark Shapes, DVG Shapes, True Blue Surf Travel, Naish, Hurricane
Surfing since: Age 10
Hi, I’m a pretty normal guy like everyone else facing the usual problems and hurdles we have to deal with to get by in life.
I’m not a full-time paid surfing professional athlete.
I run my own business and work a full-time job, while trying to train and surf when ever I get the chance and compete internationally, when I can afford the time and the flights.
I just have a really strong passion and desire to ride big waves and travel all over the world in my spare time.
I’m really goal-orientated and focused on what I want to acheive. I know if you truly believe in something and you set your sights on anything and are determined and focused enough, you can achieve anything…
I’m not just a surfer…I have been involved in all watersports from a really early age: from sailing, which I enjoyed all over the world in my early twenties, to windsurfing the planet, to water-skiing and Stand up Paddling in my spare time and whenever I get the chance.
The more time I can spend in the ocean, in any shape or form, the better..I am a waterman, it’s the one place I feel truly comfortable and it makes me smile the most!
My brothers, an important part of who I am.
- Rondebosch Boys High 92′
- Desktop Publishing Course-6 months
- Marketing & Sales Degree -3 year
- RYA & CASA Sailing & Power Coastal Skipper
- BSA Level 3 Surf Instructor
- RYA First Aid Instructor
- RYA Personal Watercraft Instructor
- K38 International Water Safety Instructor
- Spanish Sailing Instructor
- Shell International- Customer service- RSA
- Professional Maxi Sailing Race Team & chartered skipper- USA
- Billabong South Africa- National Sales & Promotions Manager- RSA
- Gul International- Surf Brand Manager- UK
- Balin & Rhino International Reasearch & Design Manager
- RYA Personal Watercraft/ Training & Rescue Centre- Director- UK
- O’Neill South Africa Brand/ Sales & Marketing Manager- RSA
- CMB Agencies- Director- O’Neill/ Fox/ Hurricane & Ocean Minded Agent