It was the wise philosopher Vanilla Ice who once said, “Stop, collaborate and listen”, and Flow has followed this sage advice in many of the exciting projects we’ve worked on with our clients.

A recent example was a video that we edited for the Two Oceans Aquarium in 2016, about sailor and adventurer Chris Bertish and his near-impossible goal to become the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP):

We are proud – and relieved – to announce that Chris arrived in Antigua mostly in one piece on 9 March 2017, a full 93 days after leaving Morocco on 6 December 2016!

First contact with land after 93 days as Chris approaches Antigua. (Image: ChrisBertishOfficial)

You can watch the final moments of Chris’s journey below, or skip to the 17-minute mark to see his relief at stepping off his SUP and into the arms and his family and support team:

How The SUP Crossing video came together

Chris is known for his big-wave surfing and previous SUP records, as well as his humanitarian and conservation work. It was the latter that made him a great fit to be one of the Two Oceans Aquarium’s official ambassadors, spreading the word about the important work that it does (which is a lot, by the way – check it out here).

In turn, the Aquarium enlisted Flow to help drum up some publicity about The SUP Crossing, Chris’s dream project to sail the open ocean unassisted, using only his custom-made paddleboard and the latest navigational technology.

His sponsors, including Carrick Wealth and others, are putting millions of rands towards Operation Smile, which helps kids with cleft palates, as well as The Lunchbox Fund, which ensures that schoolgoing children get a decent meal every day.

Chris making some new friends under the hull of his SUP. (Image: ChrisBertishOfficial)

The Two Oceans Aquarium is one of Flow’s longest-standing clients, and we were more than happy to help it help its ambassador to help millions of children in South Africa. It’s a no-brainer, right?

We had limited time with Chris before he had to jet off to Morocco, the starting point of his epic adventure, but Flow was able to conduct a filmed interview with him.

Between Chris and the Aquarium’s curator, Maryke Musson, Flow was provided with spectacular, high-quality footage from well-known marine wildlife videographers such as Jean Tresfon, Steve Benjamin and Otto Whitehead.

Flow combined all of these elements to produce the video above, which has since been watched more than 5 000 times on Facebook and nearly 7 000 times on YouTube. It is also being shown as part of a temporary exhibition at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town.                                       

“We never doubted Chris’s ability, determination and, well, craziness to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean,” says Maryke. “We just were not quite sure whether he would be faster than the loggerhead turtles, which are true ocean travellers and follow that exact route.

“Chris is clearly the ultimate waterman as he won not just the Chris-versus-turtle race, but the hearts of pretty much the entire world with his journey, which was dedicated to helping children and creating ocean-conservation awareness.

“We had such great feedback from this little short film – it is Chris telling us about Chris – at the Aquarium, a place that he really loves. Huge, big well done to our friend and ambassador – and we’re looking forward to the next adventure which, not surprisingly, is already being planned!”

This is one collaboration that Flow is particularly proud of being involved in, even in a little way.

More importantly, it’s not too late to donate to these great causes. SMS #STANDUP to 42146 to donate R30. Proceeds go to Operation Smile, The Lunchbox Fund and The Signature of Hope Trust.

Congratulations, Chris Bertish!

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