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In 1998 Greg Bertish joined Richard Mc Kinon- Little and Jan Rusmussen, who realized there may be a business opportunity in Travel, after organizing themselves and their friends tickets and visas for a Surf Charter to the Mentawai islands in 1997. True Blue Surf & Adventure Travel was officially born early in 1998.
Primarily True Blue started as the FIRST Surf & Adventure Travel Company in Africa, with niche surfer clients and surf destinations such as Indonesia and the Maldives. Over the past five years, True Blue has also focused on growing the brand, destinations, client base & service levels, to offer unique Island holidays for families, honeymooners, kite boarders and travelers looking for a holiday with a difference and a bit of Magic.
After massive surgery caused by infection from Tropical bacteria, Greg bought out his partners Richard and Jan in 2003. Club Travel bought shares in the business and helped it grow and open offices in Johannesburg and Durban. In 2011/12 Greg bought back the company from Club Travel/ UniPalm and restructured to make it a more Niche, family and passion based Travel company offering a better and more personal service. With input and support from his brothers and along with Cara Fowler and Candice Giloi the business has since flourished.
Cara manages Operations & groups, Candice is our Senior Consultant & Sue VT our flights & bookings expert, with Chelsea Patterson handling all admin/client liaison and Media. Derrick & Copia head up the finances.
Our philosophy is to offer fantastically unique surf and/or Island holidays to amazing places in the world, thru personalized service from a company and staff who know their product and destinations better than anyone else. True Blue tickets thru the Club Travel/UniPalm Group which is fully licensed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) and True Blue is a Proudly South African company
Before True Blue; Greg, studied business management and then ran his own Street and Beach Vending business throughout the nineties.
“Being very seasonal, this allowed me to travel for 2 to 3 months a year. I explored the world during my twenties, and was lucky enough to surf and explore countries from Namibia and Mozambique, to Australia and Indo, to America and Mexico, to Spain and France. I then brought these experiences and the knowledge gained to True Blue. My passion for this business is built on the pure stoke of surfing and adventure.
“My aim is to offer these amazing places, experiences, adventures and surf spots that I and the True Blue Team have found, experienced, developed and explored, to our clients. We want to BLOW U AWAY, with our service, knowledge and delivery of AWESOME surf and adventure holidays, to the amazing places we all dream of.”
Greg & his brothers Conn & Chris were brought up in and on the water in Cape Town, South Africa! Sailing, water-skiing, surfing, windsurfing and kayaking down rivers with their Dad (Keith) from the age’s of 5 years old. The Bertish Brothers have become synonymous with ocean sports and travel around SA and the globe. Representing and excelling in lifesaving, snowboarding, surfing and SUP, the boys traveled the globe, made many friends & contacts and earned a reputation in big surf.
“I have visited MOST of the destinations, and my brothers & I have surfed and/or kited them as well. Along with my team who have also personally experienced these destinations, we have set TRUE BLUE up purely to assist getting Surfers to the best waves of their lives, Adventurers to experience their DREAMS, get other board and water sports lovers to the best LOCATIONS on the planet, as well as families and honeymooners to enjoy those MAGIC moments we all dream of. Through our personal service and professional experience, we will offer you the best advice, best deals and most awesome holidays!”
Greg Bertish – Head Surf & Travel Guru
To be recognized as simply the best Surf and Island Travel Company in Africa and the world, offering the unique combination of service, expertise, price and trust with for our clients.
To Amaze customers by exceeding their expectations, thereby creating long term relationships to ensure they come back to us over and over for Magic and Amazing trips and holidays. To foster friendships, relationships and great business with our suppliers.
More about the Surf & Travel Guru; As well as being a passionate Traveler and Travel Operator, Greg is also an experienced Big Wave Surfer, Provincial & SA Lifesaving & SUP Champion, a Kite boarder, Snowboarder & Sailboarder. He is a member of the RedBull Big Wave Watersafety team, Inspirational Speaker for www.all-heart.org, Founder & Chairman of the www.SHARKSPOTTER.org.za program, National SUP Team Member and the President of Clifton Surf lifesaving Club.