Visit the family home of ocean adventurer Chris Bertish on the West Coast.

Ocean Adventurer, speaker, author, philanthropist and world record breaker Chris Bertish is a true South African great. 

We had the pleasure of meeting the now California-based Capetonian at his family home in Langebaan, where he spent a lot of time growing up, and gave us a tour of the place that holds many fond memories for him.  

The area is unique, shares Chris, for being “The biggest ocean lagoon in the Southern Hemisphere”. 

We got a glimpse at the life he had growing up and his admiration for his father, whom he considered the ultimate waterman while growing up. First memories for him include him being out on the turquoise marine protected area with his dad at the early age of three years old, and over the years has mastered various methods of becoming one with the ocean. 

Chris introduces us to one of his long-time family friends, John van der Vyver, who also owns Friday Island, of his favourite restaurants in the area that has beautiful views of the ocean. 

John too has great memories growing up on the water, and fondly recalls spending time with Chris and his dad.

“Keith, Chris’s dad, was just amazing. He was one of those out-there dad’s that could do it all. I think Chris’s strength is that he is a poly athlete that can do almost every single water sport since he was a little guy. The synergy of all those sports is what you see today in his adaptability to all the other sports,” comments John van der Vyver.  

Chris Bertish lives by the motto “dream it, see it, believe, and achieve it.” He’s out there being recognised around the world for incredible achievements and inspiring others to realise their full potential too. 

Keep an eye on him as his next expedition will see him aiming to complete another world first, paddling non-stop for 50 days from California to Hawaii.