Bruckner Chase is a professional endurance waterman and ocean advocate who was recently appointed as the USLA International Masters Team Coordinator specifically to grow US Masters participation for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018. He works with partners such as Red Bull and USA’s NOAA National Weather Service to grow the sport of surf lifesaving and protect our oceans and our communities. Using Evidence Based Ocean Initiatives his personal and foundation 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.
“My personal and Foundation mantra is, “What we do IN the oceans makes us athletes. What we do FOR our oceans and FOR our communities makes us Watermen and Waterwomen.” I found my way into Surf Lifesaving Sport late in life, and I find the sport embodies in all its disciplines the opportunity for us all to be far more than just athletes beyond the competitive arena. My first Lifesaving World Championships in 2016 continues to positively impact my mission and vision to positively impact our oceans and communities around the world, and I am honoured to be able to contribute to the reach and impact of LWC2018.”