Bruckner Chase is a professional endurance waterman and ocean advocate whose 2010 25-mile swim across Monterey Bay launched both the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and his own career committed to moving others from awareness to personal, sustainable action that benefits our oceans and our communities. A recently launched 5-year collaboration with NOAA’s National Weather Service will work to build a new outreach model for protecting our communities and our oceans. Using Evidence Based Ocean Engagements his personal and corporate mission is: To positively impact how we feel, think and act towards our oceans.
Bruckner’s athletic career spans the most challenging events on water and land. He competed as a professional triathlete, and he continues to be an elite level competitor in every endurance sport he takes on. On the water Bruckner has completed multiple ultra-distance swims and paddles in some of the harshest conditions imaginable: a record setting no wetsuit swim in Alaska, a 22-mile swim of Lake Tahoe and historic swims between the islands of American Samoa. Bruckner competes in professional surf lifesaving sports across multiple aquatic disciplines. He is the fifth American in history to compete in the iconic Coolangatta Gold Surf Iron Man in Australia, and in 2016 he became the only American to finish the event three times and the first to earn a spot on the winners podium.
Bruckner’s athletic pursuits are a means to connect others to our aquatic world. As a coach, speaker and writer he inspires others and creates opportunities for them to discover their own connection to the oceans. He has created innovative youth programs in American Samoa, and was given a Matai (Chief) title in the village of Aunu’u. His innovative Unified Team trains those with spinal injuries as prone paddlers and swimmers in the open water. Through their foundation he and his wife, Dr. Michelle Evans-Chase, work with groups such as: National Weather Service, Seafood Watch, Ocean Today, National Marine Sanctuaries, BLUE MIND, Government of American Samoa and Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital. Bruckner continues to build healthier oceans and communities with a commitment to enable in others the Passion to Care, Strength to Act and Vision to Inspire.
“Bruckner never says ‘I’ do these swims or ‘I’ swam this or ‘I’ swam that. He always says, ‘We,’ and what he means is that he swims with a community, with a group…and we help him finish these swims both physically and emotionally.” Michelle Evans-Chase
“In his whole life everything he has ever done has been 110%. Bruckner lives his whole life with so much passion and determination, and that is just contagious to those around him.” Pamela Chase-Grafton