Chris Bertish has become a sought after global motivational keynote and TEDx guest speaker.
Whether talking at corporate events or schools, his tale of overcoming obstacles to get halfway around the globe for the Mavericks competition final always has audiences clinging to the edge of their seats.
There’s an authenticity to this material that makes people sit up and listen – because Chris walks his talk. In his popular motivation talks, Chris doesn’t just talk about what he does (believe it or not, he’s not one to brag about his achievements).
Instead, he talks about why he does it.
Like every successful sportsperson, team-leader, businessperson or entrepreneur, Chris knows that it’s the reasons why we do something that determine how we do it – or whether we do it at all.
His mantra – Dream It. See it. Believe It. Achieve It – has led Chris to redefine his approach to success – not only across multiple sports, but also as a respected Author, Filmmaker and Businessman.
In March 2017, Chris completed his most daring challenge yet by becoming the first person to singlehandedly cross the entire Atlantic Ocean (over 7500km) on a Stand Up Paddleboard over 93 days. In doing so, Chris dared to achieve what most perceive to be impossible.
Now he has his speaking series on the SUP Crossing, starting in South Africa and touring abroad. Known to inspire, educate and motivate audiences by sharing his captivating experiences, Chris delivers a spellbinding and captivating narrative complimented by a powerful audiovisual presentation that will blow your audience away.
Engaging Chris to address your organisation is a worthwhile investment, as your team members will be inspired to adopt a “can do” attitude and implement the tools and skills he teaches through his powerful storytelling. Chris is also able to personalise any talk to reflect your company values, mission or a particular message.
When you book Chris, you will automatically be giving back to community projects, as percentage of the revenue generated by his global speaking engagements is donated through his various charity initiatives and his RAOK (Random Acts of Kindness) Projects.
Thrive! Surviving & Thriving in Turbulent Times
THRIVE is a 1 hour Virtual and Interactive talk & workshop via Zoom / WebX, designed to arm employees for the challenges they are currently facing.
Thrive will give them the necessary tools to face and overcome these unprecedented and challenging times, while staying positive, productive and emerging more evolved, resilient and even stronger.
10 Tools for Remote Success! For Business & Life
As the Mavericks Big Wave Champion and the only person on the planet to survive in a tiny box sized space, paddling alone in the Atlantic Ocean for 93 days, Chris is probably one of the best and most qualified and equipped individuals to talk and give guidance on isolation and how to get through adversity, change and challenging times.
He has learned some highly valuable tools and skills that helped him get through these challenging times which he will share with you through this interactive Talk / Workshop.
Achieving the Impossible! The Mavericks Big Wave Story
Virtual or In Person Talk
Chris rides waves the size of four-story buildings for fun. He won the Maverick’s Big Wave International surfing event in the biggest waves ever recorded in the history of the sport.
He holds the South African Open Ocean Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) 24-hour Distance World Record.
Chris is living proof that if you truly believe in something, set your sights on your goal – no matter how big – if you work hard at it, stay focused and never give up, you can achieve anything.
The Maverick’s Big Wave Story tells the tale of how a regular working guy from South Africa manages to get halfway around the globe to win the prestigious Maverick’s competition (TITANS OF MAVERICKS), the world’s premiere, high adrenaline, big wave surfing event, overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles along the way, against all odds.
Unlock Your Superpowers! And Achieve Anything
Full Day Workshop
A lot of people think of superheroes as having superpowers like flying or superhuman strength. But not all superheroes have extraordinary powers, and many are human just like us. In this workshop,
Chris will dive deep into helping you unlock your superpowers, finding your passion and achieving your goals to make a true lasting impact.
You’ll walk through identifying your passions and big ideas, having the courage and belief to take action and start, creating a timeline and plan to accomplish your targets, and having the mindset and discipline to get you there.
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SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN TURBULENT TIMES!
THRIVE is a 1 hour Virtual and Interactive talk & workshop via Zoom / WebX, designed to arm employees for the challenges they are currently facing. Thrive will give them the necessary tools to face and overcome these unprecedented and challenging times, while staying positive, productive and emerging more evolved, resilient and even strong
ACHIEVING THE IMPOSSIBLE: THE MAVERICKS BIG WAVE STORY
The Mavericks Big Wave Story tells the tale of how a regular working guy from South Africa manages to get halfway around the globe to win the prestigious Mavericks Competition, the world’s premiere high adrenaline big wave surfing event, overcoming the seemingly impossible obstacles along the way and against all odds.
As an ambassador and role model, Chris Bertish has transformed his life holistically, including his business, purpose and passion to focus on inspiring positive change by becoming endorsed and certified by BCorp, 1% for the planet, becoming Carbon Neutral and planting trees through the Worldview Climate Change Park. Chris inspires people to find their own purpose in life and to be the change they wish to see in the world. Nothing is impossible unless you believe it to be!
You were everything we could have asked for and more! The response was overwhelming… You are a special Human Being!
– Steve Harden-Southern Wines GM, California, USA 1000 Executives-the Hilton, San Francisco
Chris Bertish claims to be an ordinary person however his story is nothing short of extraordinary. He kept the audience riveted and awe inspired at the power of the human spirit to overcome obstacles and his pure determination and will to succeed.
-Jason Rade-Senior Events Manager, The Eventful Group
Everyone is just raving about your talk. Your story is truly outstanding and is told with humility, insight and humour, which is woven into a spellbinding narrative. As a motivational talk, I cannot fault it!
– Paul Boynton, Alternative Investments Manager, Old Mutual Investment Group
We had 45 delegates for our annual Sales Conference in June 2013. Chris gave an awe-inspiring account of what it takes to make impossible, possible. His commitment, tenacity and passion was evident in his talk and the team continuously referenced him over the next few days of the conference. We found him to be very ‘real’, totally relevant and in line with our strategy going forward.
– Gary Van Rooyen- New Balance, GM
Chris is a remarkable example of how important mental control is in order to overcome great obstacles and utilizing the Power of the mind to show that nothing is essentially Impossible.
– Tim Noakes- Founder Sports Science Institute
It was a pleasure and privilege to have such a passionate and motivated individual share with us his deepest understandings, his wildest experiences and to truly captivate us with the essence of, ‘impossible is nothing’.
– Mike Markovina,TEDxSeaPoint
Chris Bertish speaks from the heart, and from vast experience, to convince his audience of the power of the human spirit to overcame the greatest obstacles.”
– Steve Pike, WaveScape Speakers Night