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It All Started with a Homemade Catamaran – Chris Bertish on His Journey to the Big Wave Championship

Stoked!Chris Bertish, author of Stoked!, was recently interviewed by Eugene Yiga for a Business Day article.

In the article, Yiga describes how Bertish’s childhood was largely spent in the ocean. Bertish “sailed on anything that would float” and learned great respect for the ocean and its power.

Bertish has achieved extraordinary things as a waterman, but he says he is just an ordinary person with big dreams: “I believe in the power of the human spirit and human potential. I believe that everyone can achieve extraordinary things.”

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For as long as he can remember, the ocean has been an integral part of Chris Bertish’s life. He still has vivid memories of being four or five and sailing with his father on their homemade catamaran.

“I started all the ocean-based watersports I know between the ages of three and seven,” says the self-described big wave surfer, waterman and ocean adventurer.

“I was always trying to keep up with my two older brothers, which was never easy, but it made me super tough, determined, and driven,” he says.

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