Chris Bertish seems to be a guy who just can’t sit still. News has reached us that he has successfully completed his latest record attempt, the Project Code Black, and now holds the South African 12 Hour Flat Water Record after paddling over 70km though the night, again raising vital funds for Cipla Miles for Smiles. Chris completed the challenge after deciding to paddle through the night in preparation for his 24 hour Open Ocean World Record attempt in Mozambique in July later this year.
As far as we are aware, the attempt in South Africa passed without any of the issues that blighted Chris in his attempt at the 24hr record earlier this year and this morning Chris has said “ I’m proud to set another South African Record and use this as a great base and stepping stone towards the bigger goal at the end of next month, which is the 3rd Attempt at the 24hr Open Ocean SUP World Record, we plan to do up in Mozambique in 6 weeks time.” The Mavericks Big Wave Winner is constantly looking for new challenges and uses every opportunity to raise money for Miles For Smiles.
When we caught up with Chris in an earlier interview following his last record attempt, he explained how quickly conditions can change when attempting these challenges and how hard it is paddling in the dark without a horizon to focus on, all challenges he seems to thrive on and has the ability to dig in and overcome. As well as the 24 hour record attempt in July Chris is also preparing for the launch of his biography ‘Stoked’ in August, that details his inspirational adventures all over the world and the training, struggles and hardships he had to endure to win the 2010 Mavericks Big Wave Invitational.
We would love to offer our congratulations to Chris on becoming the South African 12 Hour Flat Water Record Holder and wish him all the best in the build up to the 24 hour attempt in July. You can keep up to date with all of Chris’ adventures and projects at his official website here.