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Surfer takes on first ever cross-Atlantic paddle board challenge

Chris Bertish on his SUP Credit: Chris Bertish

A former surf instructor is taking on the challenge of a lifetime - crossing 4,500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddle-board.

Chris Bertish, from South Africa, is 52 days into the unsupported and unassisted crossing, on a custom-made six metre board.

It's the equivalent of paddling a marathon for 12 to 15 hours every day.

The journey is expected to take four straight months, from Agadir in Morocco to Florida, USA.

It's pretty interesting how I'm now the furthest and most remote place on the planet, over 1750km from anyone and anywhere and as far away from help or any other human as I can possibly be and today I feel more connected, in tune, happy, inspired, confident, comfortable, content and free than I have been in many years.

– Chris Bertish, writing on his blog
Chris resting in his specially designed pod on his board

The board Chris is using is specially designed with a sleeping pod where he can rest.

The craft that will be his home for the entire journey and weighs approximately 600kgs when it's fully loaded.

Ahead of his adventures, the former Jersey surf teacher posted videos explaining how he's going to manage and what resources he'll have with him.

So far, Chris has raised more than £300,000 for three charities :

  • LunchBox Fund which provides hot meals for children in school.
  • Operation Smile, which provides funding for surgeries for children born with cleft pallets and lips.
  • Signature of Hope, which aims to build five schools in impoverished countries.
Chris Bertish's SUP in the mid-Atlantic Credit: Chris Bertish

Chris worked at the Jersey Surf School before he made it as a big wave wave surfer in 2010.

He's keeping his fans up to date on his blog - and you can track his progress live here.