Ocean Driven inspiration- The Chris Bertish story

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As we await the arrival of a feat never before known to man, the completion of a transatlantic stand up paddle crossing solo and unassisted by South African Chris Bertish, the celebration begins with the release of the trailer for Ocean Driven, a film chronicling his life story. 

‘Ocean Driven’:  Get Ready to Be Inspired by the Chris Bertish story

Chris Bertish is scheduled to arrive in Antigua this Thursday, March 9, 2017 after having crossed over 4200 nautical miles on the IMPfish, a 20-foot long stand up paddle craft that Chris has self-powered across the Atlantic Ocean without assistance.  This historic event reverberates throughout the athletic and especially the stand up paddling world as one of the most inspirational stories ever told.  We all wait, with baited breath, for Chris to appear on the horizon.

In anticipation of that welcoming, Aurelia Productions has released the trailer to Chris’ upcoming film Ocean Driven, which will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo and other sites starting March 28th.  The film is the story of Chris Bertish and chronicles his 15+ year development as a fearless and highly skilled waterman.  The film features never-seen-before footage from a variety of Chris’ big wave surfing adventures from South Africa to Hawaii, Easter Island to Mexico, including the Biggest Wave award which he won at Todos Santos and the first paddle-in surf at Jaws (aka Pe’ahi).  And of course, it tells the tale of the 2010 Maverick’s Surf Contest, in the largest surf that contest has ever seen, where Chris Bertish heroically amidst the maelstrom that occurred, took home the 1st Place trophy.  A legendary feat and one that put Chris Bertish on the books.

Ocean Powered, one stroke at a time:  See you SOON, Chris!

Today however, Chris is surmounting that accomplishment through his valiant effort to raise money for unfortunate and underserved children in South Africa.  His undertaking, to cross the Atlantic Ocean on his stand up paddleboard, solo and unassisted, is one tale that may out streak his 2010 Maverick’s win.  Two days to go and we should see the faint outline of a man, standing on the water, working his way to shore one final stroke at a time.  I don’t know about you,dear readers, but I can’t wait for that hero’s welcome.  Godspeed, Chris.  See YOU soon.

You can follow Chris’ progress via his LIVE TRACKER on this website or check out his recent Captain’s Logs via his Facebook Page.  There is still time to donate to the cause and be a part of this monumental accomplishment!  Go to Chris’ website for donation information at:  www.thesupcrossing.com.

Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Chris Bertish after his arrival later this week here at Standup Journal online where we strive to bring you the best, updated content on all things paddling and ocean related so that we may celebrate it all together.  Aloha!

Chris Bertish Ocean Driven
Looking forward to seeing you safe on dry land in Antigua, Chris! Stay strong!
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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.