Name: Chris Bertish

Nickname: Cristo
Born: 11-07-74
Height: 1.72ft
Weight: 72kg
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

Work Experience

  • 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



1 reply
  1. Mike vom Hagen
    Mike vom Hagen says:

    Hey there Chris
    I just finished reading you page churning beut of a story “stoked” and I must say the chapter about your session at the Mavericks invitational was absolutely riveting. My pulse races when its over four foot in Durbs, your story helped envisage those “mountains of water” and the relentless commitment you guys have to endure.
    Loved the book and love surfing……….


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