Chris Bertish is certainly not afraid of a challenge and whenever he sets himself one he always make sure he pushes his own mental and physical ability to the very edge even if many people would consider it Impossible. The latest challenge Chris has decided to take on is The SUP Crossing, a solo SUP transatlantic mission that will push him to the limit and is thwart with dangers and unknowns.
The SUP Crossing will see Chris paddle over 4500 miles in 120 days across the Atlantic, the equivalent of paddling a marathon every day for a third of a year. During that time Chris will endure fierce ocean currents, extreme weather, severe physical strain as well as battling his own mental demons. The challenge has been five years in the planning and Chris has put together a highly skilled team to support him in his quest.
As with all of the challenges Chris takes on, this isn’t an ego trip to be the first to do it or to gain masses of social media coverage, Chris is intent on helping and making a difference to the lives of others and is raising money for three different children’s charities. The 3 organisations to benefit from the heroic efforts of Chris are The Lunchbox Fund, Operation Smile and the Signature of Hope Trust which between them will help to feed, educate and surgically improve the lives of thousands of children.
The SUP Crossing will get underway towards the end of 2016 when Chris will paddle from the coast of Morocco to the Canary Islands, then onto Antigua in The Caribbean, finally finishing in Miami Florida. The SUP that will be used to make the crossing has been designed by the esteemed naval architect, Phil Morrison and as well as being Chris’ place of work for 120 days it will also be his home and has been designed to cope with the harshest of Atlantic conditions.
Full details of The SUP Crossing project and the specially designed SUP as well as all the information you need to make a donation via Indiegogo can be found at the official SUP Crossing website here. We have embedded the official launch video below this article, which will help to explain the enormity of this challenge as well explaining the different Chris hopes to make to thousands of lives.
Good luck Chris, you have continually inspired us with your past challenges and we wish you every success with The SUP Crossing (even if we do think it is certifiably crazy at the same time!) Feel free to share your messages of support below.
Photos – Maleen Hoekstra and GranT Scholtz