Stoked! is the story of how a skinny little kid from Kenilworth in Cape Town


Following the amazing success of his recently launched book Stoked! South African big wave surfer, adventurer and living ocean legend, Chris Bertish, will be taking this number one best seller along South Africa’s East Coast on a pre-Christmas Book tour to do three intimate evenings of adventure, inspiration, signings and Q&A sessions. “I have truly been blown away by the success of Stoked! And how it has been received by people, from all walks of life, surfers and non surfers alike, both young and old – it’s been pretty humbling and such an honour,” exclaims Chris. “I am really excited to be taking my book to some of the premiere surfing spots up the East Coast.”

Stoked! is the story of how a skinny little kid from Kenilworth in Cape Town grew up with big dreams. He started small and took daily steps and actions to chase his goals, overcoming every obstacle and twist of fate, travelling halfway around the world without major sponsorship, to outwit, outsmart and outperform the world’s best-paid professional athletes on a day that changed his life, and the sport of big-wave surfing, forever.

Chris was the first South African to brave the monster waves of Mavericks, paddle into the first documented waves of size at Jaws in Hawaii, and then years later go on to win the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational surfing event in the biggest and heaviest waves ever recorded in the history of the sport. That same year, he finished third on the Big Wave World Tour, despite only surfing three of the five events.

With his infectious enthusiasm, Chris tells how he pulled off death-defying antics, time and again, overcame overwhelming obstacles and manoeuvred around the many random twists of fate to achieve his goals and fulfil his dreams. When you read Stoked! you will understand why Chris says, “Nothing is impossible, unless you believe it to be!”

The list of Chris’ world firsts and achievements include numerous world records in other sports including Adventurer of the Year awards, and the Open Ocean 12-hour-distance SUP Guinness World Record in 2014. When he’s not managing his business in Cape Town, Chris travels the world, inspiring audiences as a speaker, with his story of how there’s no such thing as “Impossible” – only, “I’m Possible”.

Stoked! has recently made Jenny Crys-Williams’s Famous Top 5 shortlist as Book of the Year, for 2015.

As a previous champion and the only South African Invitee, Chris is currently on standby to compete in the Titans of Mavericks Big Wave Surfing event in half Moon Bay-Northern California, from the 01st of Nov 2015 to the 31stt of March 2016.

Catch Chris at the following venues for his book tour:

  • Mossel Bay, Wed 16 Dec, Wave Surf Shop, 47 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay
  • Port Elizabeth, Thurs 17 Dec The Boardroom, 48 Brickmakerskloof Road, Baker Valley PE
  • St Francis, Fri 18 Dec, The Chapel and the Theatre, Cape St Francis Resort

A percentage of the profits from each event will be donated to the Lunchbox Fund (Feed a Child, Nourish a Mind) for which Chris is an Ambassador.

For more info visit or follow Chris on Facebook- ChrisBertish and Twitter-@Chris_Bertish.

Chris Bertish - Book Launch - Cape St Francis