4,000 plus miles of ocean paddling comes to an end
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 March, 2017 - South African Chris Bertish became the first person to SUP across the Atlantic Ocean. After 4,050 miles of open ocean paddling Bertish landed at Antigua's English Harbour this week to complete something that no one has ever done before. He was greeted by friends, family and media.
The journey began 93 days ago in Agadir Morocco and featured live updates from Chris, shark encounters, equipment malfunctions and serious fatigue.
Chris Bertish, a true waterman is no stranger to big adventures. Named the winner of the Nightjar Adventurer of the Year award in South Africa in 2014 and runner up for Global Expedition of the Year in 2014 at the International SupMag Awards, he believes no challenge is ever too great or impossible.
He attributes his many years of meticulous planning, preparation, sailing, big wave surfing experience, coupled with the vast knowledge he has gained from multiple Atlantic crossings, as invaluable assets to the overall success of the Sup Crossing. Chris was part of Trinidad and Tobago’s, Crash Test Dummies Sailing Team in the late 1990s, which won the Antigua Sailing Week, in Caribbean.