Chris Bertish sets NEW World Record – 460 miles out and STILL going!

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Chris Bertish sets a new World Record by crossing 300 miles of open ocean on a standup paddleboard, solo and unassisted
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While the rest of us are as comfortable as sugar plumbs in our beds, a lone man is working his way across the Atlantic, one stroke at a time.  Former big wave champ and waterman extraordinaire, Chris Bertish is headed out to sea…the Atlantic Ocean, that is, this Christmas season.


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Chris Bertish sets the new World Record crossing the open ocean between the Canary Islands and mainland South Africa solo & unsupported on a standup.

Storms and Systems Breaking:

Chris’ journey began two weeks ago when he launched his standup paddle craft, the IMPFish, from the North West coast of Morocco with the impossible dream of becoming the first waterman to cross the Atlantic Ocean, one stroke at a time, solo and unassisted on a standup paddleboard.   In this spirit of holiday giving, Chris is giving everything he has to raise awareness and funds for underprivileged children throughout Africa.

“Been a pretty intense and scary past seven days,”

Chris proclaims of his recent encounters with a broken main foot steering system on his standup paddling craft, the IMPfish while on the first leg of his transatlantic  voyage.  In addition, he had a lot to worry about regarding his direction when the autopilot went down.  The last we checked in with him, he was readying himself for a severe storm system that was headed his way.

As he reports from his Captain’s Log on Dec. 22nd, he spent 2 days and 2 nights battling 5.5 meter waves  (hello? meters? Does that mean 25+ foot surf?!!) and 35 knot winds.

In the midst of the chaos, his foot steering system broke.  When he was finally able to make repairs, underwater beneath the board, he badly cut his finger when it got trapped in a line around the rudder.  “Intense and scary,” is an understatement!


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Chris Bertish in a moment of rest from paddling shows us his recent injury from getting caught in a line while underneath the board making repairs.

A NEW World’s Record for Chris

After bearing the brunt of that storm and finishing repairs, Chris Bertish cleared his head and muscled on to set a new World Record.  On December 22nd, Chris became the first individual to ever paddle, solo and unassisted, over 300 miles across open ocean.

“I am stoked to get through this monumental stage and past the Canary Islands,” he said of his World Record.  He is looking forward to, “the transatlantic stage of the Crossing and better conditions.  Knowing that we’ve almost raised enough to build one school and to feed and make an exponential difference for so many more kids is the best Christmas present I could receive.”

This World Record took him between the coastline of Africa and the entire Canary Island range between Fuerteventura and Grand Canaria.  He is currently about 460 miles into his 4,200 mile journey.


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Chris Bertish crossing the Caribbean next, stroke for stroke, with his equipment of choice, a Ke Nalu paddle

More than the Miles:  Chris is Paddling for Causes to Bring HOPE to African Youth

Chris is stoked about his new World Record, but he is even more excited about recent news that The Sup Crossing has raised over four million dollars for the Crossing’s charity initiatives.

“This incredible journey which is going to change the lives of millions of children in Africa is what will keep driving and inspiring me right till the end,” says Bertish.

The organizations benefiting from his transatlantic solo standup paddle voyage include The Lunchbox Fund, Operation Smile and Signature of Hope.  All of these charities assist underprivileged children with cleft palates, provide food & nutrition to youngsters and help fund the building of schools.

“I will keep paddling for those smiles across kids’ faces, all over Africa,” says this real-life Santa Claus using his standup paddleboard for a sled.  In the spirit of giving and receiving, we are honored to have such a tribesman representing our sport and creating a real gift for so many.  Our thoughts and good wishes are with you this holiday, Chris.  May we ALL learn the power of giving from such a steady and great spirit.  Aloha!

Next Leg on the Transatlantic Crossing

The next leg of Bertish’s voyage will take him to the Caribbean Sea where he will continue to paddle a grueling 10 hours a day in order to reach his goal.

You can watch Chris via his live Tracker which shows his daily progress and donate to his cause through The Sup Crossing website.

For MORE information on Chris Bertish’s 4,600 mile Transatlantic Crossing on a paddle board, check out his journey’s OVERVIEW on Standup Journal online!

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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.