Chis Bertish recently redefined what is possible by Stand-UP Paddling across the Atlantic Ocean in 93 days. He is asking you , the public, to #StandUP for #TheSUPCrossing with him and to share this incredible feat with the world to raise funds to change the lives of millions of children across the African continent.
The SUP Crossing
On March 9, 2017 at 8:32AM AST Chris Bertish, internationally acclaimed Speaker, Big Wave Surfer and Guinness SUP World Record Holder, completed the first, solo, unsupported Transatlantic SUP Crossing, presented by Carrick Wealth. Bertish set off on the greatest ocean adventure ever attempted from the coast of Morocco on December 6, 2016 and traversed 4,050nm/7,500km, paddling 1,944,000 strokes across the Atlantic Ocean for 93 days, to reach the finish in English Harbour, Antigua.
As the nearly 20’ specialized SUP craft, the ImpiFish, shoved to shore for the first time in three months, after much cheering, hugging and tears of joy, Chris commented, “If you truly believe in yourself and persevere, anything is possible, and here we are. After over three months solo on the open ocean, I am here, on land again with friends and family – my feelings of accomplishment and extreme gratitude for everyone that made this incredible journey possible are beyond words.”
While one of the objectives of this expedition is to redefine what’s possible by pushing the limits and boundaries of the human body, mind and spirit, the core goal is to create a positive impact and to leave a legacy by changing the lives of millions of children across Africa and South Africa with this unparalleled project - objectives that he is currently smashing.
The SUP Crossing presented by Carrick Wealth made history, set a new world record and will leave a lasting legacy helping generations to follow. “Carrick Wealth is extremely proud to be associated with someone that shows such immense character, sheer determination and humility. Chris’ efforts over the last 4 months have been nothing short of miraculous and his selflessness to sacrifice everything to change the lives of millions of at-risk children across Africa, well that is something we should all strive to achieve,” commented Craig Featherby, CEO Carrick Wealth.
Kieron McRae, Carrick Wealth’s Business Development Director commends Chris for being an inspiration to all: “He is a remarkable, skilled adventurer and motivator, and like him, we too, believe that nothing is impossible. The SUP Crossing is ‘Performance with a Purpose’ and that is what Carrick Wealth stands for. As a company, we seek to achieve results without compromising our company and personal values”
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