Bruckner Chase is a professional endurance waterman and ocean advocate whose 2010 28-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. 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 is still amongst the leaders 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 first swims between the islands of American Samoa. Bruckner competes in professional lifeguard races that include multiple aquatic disciplines, and he recently became only the second American in history to compete in the Coolangatta Gold Surf Iron Man in Australia.
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 as well as an open water swimming and paddling program for those with spinal injuries in the US. Through his non-profit company he and his wife, Dr. Michelle Evans-Chase, work with groups such as: Seafood Watch, National Marine Sanctuaries, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Wallace J Nichols’s BLUE MIND, American Samoa Public Safety, Special Olympics International, Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital, Adventure Aquarium, BLUE Ocean Film Festival. Bruckner is currently working to expand their programs providing ocean lifeguard style training for underserved youth, developing their next documentary film project and writing a book chronicling his own Blue Journey as an ocean advocate.