Brett Archibald – Motivational Speaker

Brett Archibald - Motivational Speaker
Brett Archibald - Motivational Speaker

Brett Archibald – Motivational Speaker

Brett Archibald – Motivational Speaker will inspire your staff to achieve and overcome any obstacle through focus and belief. Brett is now available through Speakers Inc.

Brett fell overboard off a surf charter boat in the middle of a stormy night in the Sumatra Straits in the Indian Ocean. He was stung by Portuguese Man of War and jellyfish, eaten by small fish, attacked by seagulls and hit by a shark. He survived the ordeal, after swimming alone for 28.5 hours.

People cope with trauma and tragedy in different ways and I feel fortunate to be able to share my story with others in such a way that will perhaps give them an insight as to what I went through and how it has changed my perspective and view of life. I firmly believe we all need to find ways where we can add meaning to our own lives and those around us.

His global career includes the roles of Group Managing Director of RCI EMEAI with 14 countries reporting to him, Group Development Director for Wyndham Rental and Exchange in Hong Kong and finally Group Development Director for Wyndham Rental and Exchange Europe, Middle East, Africa, India and Asia, based out of London.

His incredible focus, belief, determination and will to survive, together with those who saved him, form the backbone of his amazing story that began when he went on a surfing trip to Indonesia with a group of childhood friends.

Brett is an enthusiastic Inspirational speaker who has survived the unexpected and a perfect choice for your company conference or event.

Brett Archibald – Motivational Speaker

Interview with Australia Surfing Life.

It’s obvious that surfers need to know how to swim. But could a surfer tread water for 27 hours? Well, South African surfer Brett Archibald can. Not that he’d ever want to do it again.
Archibald traveled from Cape Town, South Africa to Padang, Indonesia with his sights set on surfing the Mentawais. Then, while aboard the Naga Laut  tour boat, he fell overboard after getting seasick in the middle of the night during high seas. Archibald described the experience to Australia Surfing Life:

“We were in a bad crossing, the seas were really rough. I went up on deck to take a wee and drink some water, and then realized I was really seasick. I had two really big vomits, and then I think I blacked out while I was wretching.

I don’t remember falling overboard or anything, if you fell you would know, you’d try grab a rope or something.

But I woke up in the water with no life jacket, the boat 100 metres ahead of me with no tender behind it. It was 3.15am, there was a dark storm, I’m in the middle of this nasty strait, I saw the boat sailing off and I thought it was all over”.

Brett Archibald – Motivational Speaker

Colin Chenu, John McGroder, Tony “Doris” Eltherington and five other passengers of the Barrenjoey vessel retrieved Archibald from the Indian Ocean, about twelve miles from his final destination in the  Mentawais. In a Huffington Post article, Archibald said:

The human body is an amazing, amazing thing. I don’t think I could have gone much beyond today, by the time night came I might have been cactus. I had to get my rhythm, I was treading water for five minutes, then I’d swim again. I saw land five times, but I could never get closer, the current pulled me away every time.”

After being found, Archibald was taken to West Sumatra for treatment, but that didn’t put an end to his surf trip. Not according to his interview with Surfing Life.

They make us tough in Saffa-land boy!” said Archibald. “We’ve got eight days left on our trip; I can’t go to hospital, we’ve got to surf”.

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