Guinness record for Bertish

Chris Bertish (File)
Chris Bertish (File)
Cape Town - South African big wave surfer Chris Bertish’s Stand Up Paddling (SUP) record has officially been recognised as a Guinness World Record.

On December 17 last year, Bertish paddled non-stop for 130km (12 hours) from Kommetjie all the way up to just past Saldahna on the West Coast - completely unsupported.

Bertish undertook the challenge in order to raise awareness for Lunchboxfund who feed hungry children at schools around South Africa - a cause he also recently went naked for in the March issue of Marie Claire Magazine for their famous Naked Edition.

“I’m really proud as a South African and as an ambassador for the youth, to realise another dream of attaining a Guinness World Record for an endurance event like this,” Bertish said after hearing his record is an official Guinness World Record.

“It was a huge undertaking, but will hopefully make many kids realise what is possible if you really work hard at something, you think a little out of the box, stay focused and never give up, then anything is possible!"

Considerable planning went into the execution of this record to ensure that all requirements were fulfilled in order to attain a Guinness World Record.

A backup boat to follow Bertish ensuring he completed the route, along with official timers and videographers/photographers to capture the attempt and ensure authentication, were all part of the day.

"The research, planning, preparation, logistics and teamwork to be able make this day happen, when you are dealing with the extreme, constantly changing and challenging elements, was the most difficult of obstacles to overcome... but I believed with every fibre of my being that I could do it and if you dream it, can see it and believe it, then you can achieve anything!”

At the end this year Bertish is planning a new extreme record to set, whilst still finalising the plans and his Trans-Atlantic SUP crossing in the near future.
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