6 December, 2016 6 December, 2016

Chris Bertish Begins the Crossing

After six months of preparation and a few weeks in Morocco, setting up and waiting for the right weather window, Chris Bertish has paddled his modified SUP, the ImpiFish, out into the Atlantic, with the intention of making landfall on the other side of the pond, in about 3 months or so. The absolute nutter South African big wave surfer, waterman, multiple world record holder, adventurer, motivational speaker and all round inspirational dude is aiming to be the first human to cross the Atlantic on a SUP unassisted, and in so doing raise a huge pile of cash for a bunch of very worthy causes and basically redefining what’s possible. Here at the Zag it’s not often that we salute a man on an SUP, but this is simply incredible. You can track Chris’ progress here and learn more about the project on his website


Chris Bertish has planned to paddle his specially designed SUP across the Atlantic Ocean. Photo © Alan van Gysen


  1. Luke
    7 December, 2016 at 7:11 am · Reply

    Wow what a challenge and we are sending positive vibes, good luck.

  2. Blair H
    7 December, 2016 at 7:30 am · Reply

    Thats intense.. glad there are still guys willing to push the limits to raise awareness and help out others.
    I wonder how he will combat drifting of course while resting..
    This is really inspiring 🙂

  3. Claude Young (required)
    7 December, 2016 at 2:39 pm · Reply

    Totally nuts, but anyone who has the devotion dedication you’ve got get behind.
    Just a true perspective of the Human Spirit & willingness to push envelopes & not stay within a box. Hope he doesn’t wind up in one.

  4. Earl
    7 December, 2016 at 7:05 pm · Reply

    May the force be with you. May the almighty guide you through the obstacles that lay ahead. You are a brave man.

  5. mickey
    8 December, 2016 at 2:33 am · Reply

    I the boat does not look that seaworthy —–God speed to you ———–you will need help from god

  6. Leslie
    8 December, 2016 at 8:27 am · Reply

    Mammoth and Awesome adventurous task lies ahead. Vasbyt & Bestest wishes for the crossing Chris.

  7. For Charity-Gun it!
    8 December, 2016 at 12:56 pm · Reply

    Doing it for Charity that alone super charges any self motivation you may have for this kinda stuff.

    So Chris sure is cementing the built saffa tough reputation!!!!!

    Make it so Mr Bertish.

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