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Chris Bertish Successfully Completes the Transatlantic SUP Crossing

On the morning of March 9, Chris Bertish became the first person to standup paddle across the Atlantic Ocean. His wife, brothers, friends, media and supporters were all on hand to celebrate the momentous achievement as he came in, hooting, hollering and lighting flares from the windy and wild sea in English Harbour on the island of Antigua.

The 42-year-old South African accomplished the journey all solo and unassisted—no support boat, carrying everything he needed on board. #TheSUPCrossing, as he called it, took 93 days, covered over 4,000 miles and raised millions of South African Rand for multiple charities in Africa.

“People talk about the challenges in life and how you get through it,” Bertish said seconds after he stepped on land for the first time in three months. “You just break everything down, by the minute, by the hour … You just have to believe in yourself.”

It’s a message that Bertish used throughout the media campaign surrounding the trip: that nothing is impossible unless you believe it to be.