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Chris Bertish Paddles 130km in 12 Hours

South Africa’s Wild Man Chris Bertish is renowned for his daring life and his love for adventure. He is the first guy to paddle in (not tow) at Jaws in 2000, winning Maverick’s Big Wave Invitational in 2010, in the biggest wave in recorded paddle in history and the guy who set on a 320km SUP adventure up the South African West Coast in 2012, completely unassisted & unsupported, facing sharks, massive waves and unfavorable winds.

Chris loves a good adventure and for his latest challenge he decided to tackle the 12 hour open sea record, which supposedly stands at 120km. Chris and his team of photographers, timekeepers, skipper and support crew nearly tackled the task 2 weeks checking the forecast and keeping in shape.

The plan was to start 2km off Slangkop, Kommetjie and then follow a rhumb line past Cape Town outside Robben Island and straight up the coast to Saldanha, Langebaan – 120km’s up the coast, to hopefully achieve his dream and break a world record at the same time.

Riding on the 17’ SIC Bullet, Chris had to face hypothermia, fatigue and muscle pain and prove he can push his limits to a new level. There were also awesome moments like when he was surrounded by humpback whales which followed him, but it was a tough overall challenge. It was not an easy task at all in fact, but after 10 hours and 53 minutes Chris passed the 120km mark and achieved his goal, setting a new world record. As the initial goal was to paddle for 12 hours straight, Chris managed to paddle for another 10.1km, setting the new world record at 130.1km.

This amazing challenge was completed in aid to raise awareness for The Lunchbox Fund-Feed a hungry Child and Laureus: Waves for Change foundation.

A quick word from Chris after all was over: “We all have dreams… If you have a dream, find the courage to follow it and have the self belief to know you can follow it through... As Nothings Impossible, unless you believe it to be…”