Unfortunate news has reached us this morning, that Chris Bertish has had to withdraw from his 24 hour World Open Ocean SUP Record due to rapidly deteriorating weather conditions and the early onset of hypothermia. Chris was attempting to Paddleboard over 100 miles in a 24 hour period and as well trying to set a new world record was also raising money for Miles for Smiles.
Chris initially set off from just outside Cape Town in perfect conditions and we were able to track his progress via regular Twitter updates and a live GPS tracking map. Well-wishers, supporters and fellow Paddleboarders watched on as he paddled into the night and soon had 35km behind him. As the night went on, Chris found he was paddling into an increasing headwind and a building swell.
Here in the UK, we woke this morning to the following tweet “Chris has had to be pulled out of the water rough conditions have lead to early stages of hypothermia and him being very ill”. Obviously we are all concerned for his well being and hope that he makes a speedy recovery.
This is the second time Chris has had to abandon his quest, an earlier attempt in January was again scuppered by high winds and rough seas. Whether or not a new location will be chosen or a bigger clear weather window selected, we know Chris will be keen to return and nail this world record attempt and feel sure it won’t be long until he does.
To find out more about this world record attempt and about Chris and his inspiring achievements, take a look at his official website and you can show your support for Chris and his chosen charity Miles for Smiles here. Rest well Chris, bounce back quickly and we will be rooting for you next time round. Feel free to leave any good will messages for Chris below.