Cape Town - 2010
Mavericks champion Chris Bertish, who won the legendary big wave competition
off the coast of California after riding what was then the biggest wave ever, a
60-foot monster, admits that there were times he wasn’t sure he’d survive his
sport, with that famous skirmish with Mavericks being top of the list.
been a couple of times when I’ve come pretty close,” the Cape Town surfer
concedes on Wednesday’s episode of The Dan Nicholl Show, on 19:00 on SuperSport 1.
been travelling 42 hours from South Africa, I hadn’t had any sleep, I’d arrived
at 03:00 in the morning, my equipment didn’t arrive and I ended up borrowing
equipment,” Bertish recalls.
“I went out to start competing, and within five
minutes, the biggest wave I’ve still ever seen in my life... By the time the
second and third waves had hit, I’d lost use of my arms and legs, and by the
time I got collected on the rescue sled, I couldn’t even speak
body had systematically started to shut down, and that was in the first five
minutes of my first heat!”
went on to win the event, and describes how his sport can drag you under water
for over a kilometre at twice the speed of Olympic swimmers, demanding enormous
physical capabilities to simply survive, let alone flourish in big wave
a motivational speaker and author, Bertish also discusses his attempt to cross
the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddle board, a world first that kicks off in
December in support of charities that Bertish supports.
is joined on Wednesday’s show by Stormers and Springbok loose forward Siya
Kolisi, who recounts the touching story of being united with his siblings after
seven years, discusses the Stormers season to date, and admits to listening to
Beyoncé before matches. Comedian Donovan Goliath, host of television show The
Great South African Bake-off and co-owner of the newly opened Goliath Comedy
Club in Johannesburg, completes the line-up.
also an appearance by Zimbabwean golfer Marc Cayeux, who was almost killed in a
car accident six years ago, but after 27 operations has incredibly returned to
a Sport24 exclusive clip of Chris Bertish on the show HERE
highlights of Wednesday’s show HERE
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