Chris Bertish is not one to rest on his laurels and is constantly planning his next big adventure or lining up a challenge. Right now these include the release of his autobiography, an attempt at the 24 hour SUP Open Water Record and planning the first ever Atlantic Ocean crossing by SUP. Chris will get his third 24 hour SUP Open Record attempt underway later today (July 2nd) and you will be able to track him every step of the way during his epic challenge.
The current 24 hour Stand Up Paddleboard record stands at a distance of 152km and Chris has his sights firmly set on reaching the 170km mark after his first two attempts at the record earlier this year were hampered by bad weather and safety concerns. The decision has been made to move the attempt from the cold and stormy waters of the Cape of Storms to Mozambique and the calmer waters of the Marine Sanctuary of Vilanculos. Although the sea state should be more favourable, Chris is still facing many challenges, including tiger sharks, heat exhaustion, the beating sun and fatigue.
As with the first two attempts, Chris will be raising money for the charity Miles for Smiles, a charity that helps children born with cleft palates and lips and you can donate to this great cause here. Chris will get the 24 hours SUP Open Water Record underway at 4pm BST and we will be able to track his progress via his Personal Locator Beacon, which will transmit his GPS co-ordinates every 10 minutes.
All that is left to say is that we wish Chris and the support team all the very best in the world record attempt later and we will be keeping an eye his progress overnight. Feel free to leave messages of support and let us know what you think of the prospect of paddling for a solid 24 hours?
Image courtesy of Clellind Bertish