Chris Bertish on his World Record Journey across the atlantic in support of Signature of Hope

Internationally acclaimed speaker, big wave surfer and now Guinness Book of World Records holder, South African hero, Chris Bertish - is the first person in history to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddle (SUP) board.

Signature of Hope Trust was privileged to support Chris in working towards reaching his fundraising target in 2017. Every single one of the two million strokes Chris made as he paddled across the Atlantic Ocean was a personal commitment to supporting millions of children in disadvantaged communities.

"I'd focus on one stroke at a time; that was one smile and one lunchbox."
~ Chris Bertish

  • Alone on a paddle boat

    6 December 2016 - With no emergency engine and no support crew, the 42-yearold set off alone from the coast of Morocco and traversed 4 050nm/7 500km, paddling 1 944 000 strokes across the Atlantic Ocean.

    9 March 2017 - Chris achieved the equivalent of a full iron man every day for 93 days straight until he reached the finish point in English Harbour, Antigua.

  • Performance with a purpose

    Funds raised will be used to feed hungry schoolchildren (The Lunchbox Fund) in communities where starving children can’t be educated because they are too listless to concentrate. The funds will also provide life-changing surgery to those born with cleft lips and palates (Operation Smile). It will also aid the Signature of Hope Literacy Support Project, aimed at developing literacy and helping vulnerable children to complete their schooling careers.