Chris Bertish


International Inspirational Speaker

Chris is an international inspirational speaker, a Mavericks big wave surfing champion; a stand-up paddleboard Guinness world record holder, a best-selling author, film director, conservationist, entrepreneur and ocean pioneer. Chris exists to shift boundaries, shatter perceptions and help others achieve what most think of as impossible.

In everything he does–from speaking around the globe to breaking world records in big wave surfing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding–Chris Bertish alters the status quo of what’s possible and gives back in everything he does through inspiring others, and his constant conservation and sustainability efforts.

Sharon Gilday



Sharon is a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. With extensive experience in tax and accounting for individuals, partnerships, corporations, LLC’s and trusts, Sharon works to keep the Chris Bertish Foundation on track and in the black. Her efforts and management assist the foundation with much of its outreach and development work.

Nancy Ward



Nancy has worked with Chris Bertish over the last five years, first as a member of the SUP Crossing Team and then as his EA and part of his operations management Team.
A lifelong advocate and supporter for many environmental and educational initiatives including Operation Smile, the Lunchbox Fund, Conservation International, PBS, St. Vincent DePaul and the Second Harvest Food Bank, Nancy is excited to share her time and energy to the Chris Bertish Foundation.

David Becker

David Becker

International Sports Lawyer

David Becker is an international sports lawyer and former general counsel for the International Cricket Council (ICC). David has advised a range of leading businesses, governing bodies and athletes in his career, such as NIKE, Vodafone, the International Rugby Board (IRB), England & Wales Cricket Board, Paralympic World Cup, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and Royal Thames Yacht Club.