Chris Bertish Sets Out on 120-Day TransAtlantic Crossing from Morocco to Florida for Charity

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Chris Bertig pushes off from Morocco on Transatlantic standup crossing
Chris Bertish launches his Transatlantic crossing for charity from Morocco.
Chris Bertish launches his Transatlantic crossing for charity from Morocco.
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Former Maverick’s Big-Wave Winner, Chris Bertish, begins a solo sup tale like no other.

Big Wave Surfer and Guinness Sup World Record Holder, Chris Bertish launched off the Northwest coast of Africa in Morocco to embark on the first ever solo, unsupported, full length, Transatlantic Sup Crossing. The groundbreaking expedition, #theSupCrossing, will see Bertish travel unsupported and unassisted, on a custom-made 20-foot long stand up paddle craft, for four straight months across the Atlantic Ocean, all in support of charity.

Dubbed, the greatest solo, open ocean adventure ever attempted, Bertish departed from Agadir in Morocco, this morning, after completing the final craft testing, preparations and awaiting the right weather window to launch. Starting off on the Northwest coast of Africa in Morocco, he began the voyage to the Canary Islands, across the Atlantic Ocean towards the Caribbean Leeward Island of Anegada, before finally ending the journey in Florida.

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The specialized sup craft built for #theCrossing was designed by Chris’ skill and experiences.

 After six months of building the craft, months of intense training and preparation and five years of stringent planning, Bertish will paddle across 4,600-miles of open ocean.  The pace he has set for himself is about 38 miles per day, unassisted.  It is the equivalent of running a marathon every day in order to reach the Florida coastline in the 120-day trajectory he has set for himself.

Bertish’s craft is a standup paddle board with an enclosure at the front that will allow him some protection and sleeping quarters.  Bertish spent a significant amount of time co-designing this world’s first, Transatlantic standup paddle craft, which was specifically designed for this crossing. He took his experience from countless prior world record attempts and achievements, as well as his knowledge from sailing and big wave experience to create a completely unique craft, designed specifically for one goal, to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

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Riding a specialized standup paddleboard for the journey which will take him 4.200 miles in 120 days to land on the Florida coast.

 

“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,” said Bertish this morning.

An Ocean of Hope

The charities to benefit from this transatlantic solo sup crossing include organizations to assist South African children with cleft palates, provide food/nutrition for youngsters in need and monies provided for the building of schools.

The main purpose of the crossing is to raise funds for The Lunchbox Fund, Operation Smile and Signature of Hope with the target of raising over one million dollars and making the entire project a self-sustainable charitable initiative that will have a lasting legacy for generations to follow. 

Bertish will also be working with, doing research and raising ocean conservation awareness for the Two Oceans Aquarium over the course of the journey.

 

You can follow Chris’ journey (literally) across the Atlantic by clicking on his LIVE tracker from his website.

Stay tuned for MORE updates on Bertish’s journey HERE at StandupJournal.com

 

 

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.