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Bruckner Chase


Atlantic Ocean, South New Jersey


Bruckner Chase is an internationally recognized speaker, ocean advocate and endurance waterman whose athletic career spans the world in the most challenging adventures and events on water and on land in some of the harshest conditions imaginable.  Out of the water Bruckner’s ocean focused endeavors through his Ocean Positive foundation work in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, University of the Sunshine Coast, Surf Lifesaving Australia, Lifesaving Society Canada, Samoan Affairs American Samoa and many others to positively impact how we all feel, think and act towards our oceans and our communities.


  • Coolangatta Gold Surf Lifesaving Iron Man Championships – One of only 5 Americans to ever finish the event in it’s 30 year history, Only American 3x Finisher, Only American to Stand on the Podium Finishing with a Silver in the Masters Division in 2016
  • First Ironman distance triathlon in 1985
  • Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run 1998
  • Penock Island 8.2 Mile Swim, Alaska, Non-wetsuit record holder and overall winner 2007
  • 25-Mile Solo Monterey Bay Swim, 2010, second known crossing
  • Lifesaving World Championships 2016, The Netherlands: 5th Surf Swim, 5th Board Paddle,
  • 4th Iron Man – Masters Division

2019 GOALS

  • Release of NOAA National Weather Service “Wave Safe” film series and international campaign on coastal safety
  • Top 10 finish in the Canadian Professional Lifesaving Iron Man Challenge as the events oldest competitor at 53
  • Red Bull Surf and Rescue Championships – Expanded impact and reach of the event that highlights the best ocean lifeguards on the Mid-Atlantic Coast
  • Launch and expansion of pilot para-surf lifesaving initiatives in Australia
  • Coolangatta Gold 2019 – Become only American to finish the event 4 times and again finish on the Masters podium


I was given the title of Matai or Chief for the village of Aunu’u in American Samoa, an honor bestowed on me by High Talking Chief Fuiava. My Samoan name Uila o le Sami translates as Lightning in the Ocean.



  • Hydration Drink Tabs – Strawberry Lemonade
  • Stroopwafel – Coconut
  • Roctane Gel – Pineapple