The Chris Bertish Foundation was developed out of Chris Bertish’s desire to inspire and be a force for positive change in the world, through his inspirational talks, films, books and workshops, educational curricula and guidance on conservation and sustainability and, by being a role model and mentor of positive change for our youth.

We are blessed to work with a committed team of incredible individuals without whom the great work of the foundation would not be possible.


Chris Bertish

International Inspirational Speaker & Ocean Pioneer

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, Chris alters the status quo of what’s possible, inspiring others and giving back through conservation and sustainability efforts.




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.


Erin Newsom

Project Manager

Erin is a student at the University of Southern California–studying event management and production. She manages the logistics of the project and uses her passion for ocean conservation to assist Chris in pushing boundaries and achieving what others think of as impossible.


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. 




Ocean Education & Carbon Neutral Specialist

Maryke is an ocean education and Carbon Neutral certified specialist. She previously served as the curator for the 2 Oceans Aquarium and 2 Oceans Education Foundation. We've worked with Maryke for years in our partnership with 2 Oceans and as an advisor to the foundation, she provides valuable insight and guidance on all of our conservation projects.


Sarah Shoup

Tour Director

Sarah has 20+ years of logistical experience in the entertainment industry as a Tour Director / Tour Manager for A-list musicians, and is well versed in streamlining operations and creating impactful experiences. She met Chris in South Africa and has worked with him over the years on multiple expeditions, and now serves as an advisor to the foundation helping to envision large scale impactful projects.


Bruce MacDonald

Award Winning Film Director

Bruce is an accomplished director with many major feature films released globally, and award-winning short films. He is the co-owner of Boomtown Films, creating long form projects, TV series and commercials. Bruce has been involved in everything Chris has done over the last 5 years. He served as an advisor and co-director on both of Chris’s films, Ocean Driven (2015) and Last Known Coordinates launching in August of 2021.