Greg Bertish helped found True Blue Surf & Adventure Travel in 1998.
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.
Greg has re taken over True Blue, and with input and support from his brothers is launching it into a new era.
Derrick & Copia head up the finances. Cara Fowler manages Operations & groups, while Candice Giloi, Debi Coulsen & Sue VT are our experienced consultants, with Letitia Saffier handling all admin & client liaison. Together they have more than 25 years combined experience and dedication to True Blue & are the MOST experienced & dedicated Surf & Island consultants in the world!
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.”
Primarily True Blue started as the FIRST Surf 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.
“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 Kiters 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
True Blue Durban Satellite office:
A True Blue Durban office was started in April 2004 as we felt that there was a high demand for a surf travel office in the Kwazulu Natal region. The office, although smaller than Cape Town, has been highly successful and well supported by the local surf community. Run by the dedicated and experienced Debi Coulsen, you are sure to get the best service and deals available.
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.
TRUE BLUE TRAVEL DIRECTORS:
WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?
To be recognized as simply the best Surf and Island Travel Company in Africa and the world, offering the unique combination of service, price and relationships with 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.
GREG BERTISH, as well as being a passionate Traveler and Travel Operator; is also an experienced Big Wave Surfer, Provincial & SA Lifesaving Champion, Kite boarder, Snowboarder & Sailboarder. He is a member of the RedBull Big Wave Africa Watersafety team, Founder of the SHARKSPOTTER.org.za program in SA, National SUP Team Member and the President of Clifton Surf lifesaving Club.