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Surfer Chris Bertish: Lean Into Fear to Find Magic
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Surfer Chris Bertish: Lean Into Fear to Find Magic

One of the world’s best big wave surfers, details his experience of sailing solo across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money and awareness for Operation Smile, to help kids born with cleft lips and palates live better lives.

Welcome to another edition of B-Well Together, a 30-minute webinar series, highlighting tips, resources, and coping skills from leading wellbeing experts to support you and your families. Prior episodes featured acclaimed “On Being” host Krista Tippett, renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, and wellness guru Deepak Chopra.

Today we have professional surfer, motivational speaker, and best-selling author Chris Bertish.

In this video below, Bertish, who is one of the world’s best big wave surfers, details his experience winning Mavericks on a borrowed surfboard after 40 straight hours of travel and also paddling a half SUP/half mini-boat solo across the Atlantic Ocean. He did the latter to raise money and awareness for Operation Smile to help kids born with cleft lips and palates live better lives. 

“We are living through one of the biggest storms of our time,” Bertish says, drawing comparison to his 93-day experience crossing the ocean. “We have to learn not to fight it, like the ocean, you flow with it, lean into your fear.”

Tune in to hear more about his harrowing experience and how it translates to the current COVID-19 crisis.

The B-Well Together series is part of a larger Leading Through Change initiative, providing thought leadership, tips, and resources to help business leaders manage through crises. Check out some of our most recent articles:


Ari Bendersky is a Chicago-based lifestyle journalist who has contributed to a number of leading publications including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal magazine, Men's Journal, RollingStone.com and many more. He has written for brands as wide-ranging as Ace Hardware to Grassroots Cannabis and is a lead contributor to the Salesforce 360 Blog. He is also the co-host of the Overserved podcast, featuring long-form conversations with food and beverage personalities.

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