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Greg Bertish

Position: Co-Founder/ New Product Discoverer/ Surf & Travel Guru
Surf video

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH TRUE BLUE SURF AND ISLAND TRAVEL?
Since 1998

WHAT DESTINATIONS HAVE YOU VISITED?
AFRICA: -Entire coast of South Africa; Namibia, Botswana,
Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique; Morocco.
INDIAN OCEAN: Mauritius, Reunion Island, Madagascar, Mozambique, Maldives.
INDONESIA: Java, Bali, Lombok, Lembongan, Sumbawa, Mentawai Islands, G Land, Sumatra, other
AMERICAS: 40 States in the USA, Mexico.
EUROPE UK: France, Spain, Austria, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands, Switzerland.
SOUTH AMERICA: Peru.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I love getting emails from people who have had awesome trips and experiences because of us. I love helping people with ideas, suggestions and info on places I’ve been and loved. I love exceeding clients expectations with our service and knowledge.

WHAT ARE YOUR LOVES AND PASSIONS IN LIFE?
Family, big waves, being a Travel operator, and travel to amazing locations to surf, snowboard, kite and experience the local vibe.

See Greg’s Passions and latest work on Non-Profit Organisations: www.thelittleoptimist.org  &  www.sharkspotters.org.za

 


Cara De Vogel

Position: Operations Manager/Groups Specialist

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH TRUE BLUE SURF AND ISLAND TRAVEL?
Since 2006

WHAT DESTINATIONS HAVE YOU VISITED?
Thailand – Koh Samui, Phuket, Phi Phi, Koh Phan gan, Koh Tao
Singapore and Malaysia
Caribbean – Western and Eastern
Reunion Island
Maldives
Mauritius
Mozambique

WHO IS CARA?
I am an adoring mom to my beautiful son, I love to travel and don’t let any travel opportunity pass me by. Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESTINATION?
Put me on an island and I will be happy.

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE BEACH?
I honestly love my local Big Bay beach its close to home and fun for the whole family.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED IN TRAVEL?
Since 2003

WHAT IS YOUR BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?
I love the East! Thailand has played a major role in so many different aspects of my life. I lived there for 4 months; I went there on honeymoon and have holidayed there. I love the diverse culture, amazingly friendly people and stunningly beautiful islands.

 


Sue Van Toorn

Position: Flights Specialist

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH TRUE BLUE SURF & ISLAND TRAVEL?
Since Jan 2012

WHAT DESTINATIONS HAVE YOU VISITED?
Mauritius & Madagascar

WHO IS SUE?
I Love the ocean, nature and my family

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESTINATION?
Madagascar

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE BEACH?
My local beach just down the road in Kommetjie

WHAT IS YOUR BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?
Madagascar – was an eye-opener and I laughed from the minute I got off the plane till 8 days later when I left, had some outrageous experiences!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED IN TRAVEL?
For about 10 years now

 


Michele Kapilevich

Position: Independent Travel Consultant

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING WITH TRUE BLUE SURF AND ISLAND TRAVEL?
I was with True Blue for 8 years from 2004 to 2010, and have recently (April 2018), returned as an independent consultant.

DESTINATIONS TRAVELLED?
Europe, UK, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Bali, Botswana, Mauritius (about 5 times), Madagascar (twice), Reunion Island, Greece and most recently, Vietnam.

WHO IS MICH?
I am passionate about and have always believed that you learn so much more from being in another country, culture, language, customs etc than what you ever could from books or a classroom.
I have many hobbies and interests. I am a qualified yoga instructor, owner of Myoga Travel, and generally passionate about holidays, beach and warm water (even hot springs!)
I am a proud wife and mom of 2 boys, love my family and special family time spent… you guessed it… on a beach somewhere!

FAVOURITE DESTINATION?
I Love Islands… Ile St Marie Island in Madagascar or Hydra in Greece, gosh how does one decide?

FAVOURITE BEACH?
Natures Valley (Garden Route)

HOW LONG IN TRAVEL?
Since 1998, so 20 years now

BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?
Probably when I was 23 and travelled through Malaysia by train, and then spent 3 weeks on Ko Tao Island in Thailand. I did my open water and advanced scuba diving courses and had some of the best (and worst) but memorable experiences of my life. Travelling when you are young, with no responsibilities, final destination or set timeframe to stick to, is extremely special and certainly changes when you get older.

 


Derrick Mills – Copia

Position: AccountantsCOPIA LOGO BLACK QBooks

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING WITH TRUE BLUE SURF AND ISLAND TRAVEL?
Since July 2012

WHO IS COPIA?
Copia Business Administration provides bookkeeping, payroll, administrative and strategic support to small businesses. We believe that accurate bookkeeping and efficient administration are essential elements in the success of any business. We understand that administrative responsibilities are onerous and can distract business owners from focusing their energy on running their business. If we can relieve business owners of this responsibility and provide some strategic input based on their financials we believe we are adding real value.

WHAT DESTINATIONS HAVE YOU VISITED AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE?Derrick sup 1
I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively and I have visited many countries around the world. I always love visiting places like Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius and Mozambique. I find that warm water and white sand is a formula for success, particularly with a young family, I’ve always enjoyed tropical holidays.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?
While I enjoy experiencing different cultures and greatly appreciate this aspect of travel my fondest travel memories involve activity-based travel experiences. My True Blue Maldives surf charter trip is definitely a highlight and having Greg on the trip made it even better. I would say that my best travel experiences are ones that I’ve shared with my family and would generally involve warm, clear water, surf and mountain biking.

 


Laura Templer

Position: Design/Advertising/Online

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING WITH TRUE BLUE SURF AND ISLAND TRAVEL?
Since June 2018

WHO IS LAURA?
A mom, a wife and an adventure seeker.

WHAT DESTINATIONS HAVE YOU VISITED AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE?
I lived in the UK from 2006-2007 and spent 2 years traveling around the United Kingdom.
I’ve also visited Thailand for 2 weeks on honeymoon and was just amazing. I love the culture, the laid-back lifestyle and of course, the shopping 😉
Definitely my favorite. Planning on doing some more travelling this year and every year, thereafter.
I want to see the World!

WHAT DO YOU LOVE?
I love art; painting mostly.
I love animals! (Yes, a dog mom, a cat mom and a human mom)
I love Yoga, I practice it 3 times per week.
I love Pizza.
Most of all, what I love most, is my family; they come first in any situation.

 


Tracy Bertish

Position:  Photographer/Marketing13729101_10154062286292025_105024427572360121_n

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH TRUE BLUE SURF & ISLAND TRAVEL?
Started May 2011.

WHAT DESTINATIONS HAVE YOU VISITED?
Australia, Sir Lanka, Bali, Mauritius and the list goes on…

WHAT DO YOU LOVE?
Travelling, experiencing different cultures and having fun. Family life as well as being a yoga & Pilates guru.