Ocean City, New Jersey, United States
I've been a KEEN Ambassador since 2011
I am a professional endurance waterman and ocean advocate whose 2010 28-mile swim across Monterey Bay launched both the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and my own career committed to moving others from awareness to personal, sustainable action that benefits our oceans and our communities. My personal and corporate mission is: To positively impact how we feel, think and act towards our oceans. As the founder and president of the non-profit Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. I design, develop and implement innovative and inspiring ocean adventures and programs that connect individuals and communities around the world to our oceans while creating opportunities for sustainable actions that preserve and protect the health and well being of our oceans and communities. My daily goal is to instill in others the Passion to Care, the Strength to Act and the Vision to Inspire.
Embarking every day on a personal Blue Journey to explore, experience and challenge myself in the water and then using those experiences to create opportunities for others to discover their own connection to our oceans.
I want to inspire and create potential for others. I want to show through my actions in the ocean, on land and in our communities that there is nothing we can not accomplish as individuals or communities when we bring together Desire, Ability and Means.
My athletic career spans the most challenging events on water and land from Ironman distance triathlons to 100-mile runs. On the water I have 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. I currently compete in professional lifeguard races that include multiple aquatic disciplines, and I am a member of the reigning USLA National Champion Monmouth County Beach Patrol. I recently became only the fifth American in the event’s 30-year history to compete in the Coolangatta Gold Surf Iron Man in Australia. My athletic pursuits are a means to connect others to our aquatic world. As a coach, speaker and writer I am proud of what we have done to inspire others and create opportunities for them to discover their own connection to the oceans as better athletes and informed advocates. I have 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 my non-profit company my wife, Dr. Michelle Evans-Chase, and I 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. My current focus is expanding our strength based, mentoring program, Toa o le Tai that teaches surf life saving sports and ocean conservation to underserved youth. In 2015 we have taken the sea to the city in Camden, NJ at the Kroc Center of Camden with ties to the Upper Township Beach Patrol and National Marine Sanctuaries. I am also excited to be expanding the reach of our prone paddling and open water swimming program for athletes with spinal injuries through a partnership with the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in South Jersey.