XX2i Optics has partnered with Bruckner Chase, an endurance athlete and ocean advocate, ‘as part of a multi-year relationship that extends beyond a traditional sponsorship deal’. As one of only five Americans to ever complete the Coolangatta Gold Surf Lifesaving Iron Man Championship in Australia, Bruckner Chase is a decorated athlete, ocean conservation activist and brand ambassador.
He has an ongoing partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA), works as the Technical Director for Red Bull’s Surf and Rescue Competition, and travels the world as the representative for his non-profit Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive.
During athletic events, Bruckner will put the XX2i Optics France2 frame through its paces. “The France2 is the lightest pair of sunglasses I’ve ever owned,” said Bruckner Chase. “And with the adjustability of the frame, I’m not worried if I’m on the paddleboard – I know they’re going to stay put.”
In addition to his roles with NOAA and Red Bull, Bruckner Chase was also recently appointed as the ocean and aquatic sports editor for the new Movement Sports Magazine, which publishes online content for triathletes, swimmers, runners, and other endurance sports athletes.
“As an avid Rescue Scuba Diver who has a passion for the endurance community, what Bruckner is doing for athletes and ocean conservation is amazing and motivating,” said Paul Craig, President and Founder of XX2i Optics. “Bruckner represents the values and DNA of the XX2i Optics brand as we strive to provide the best 8k polarized and eyewear solutions to this community. You couldn’t find a better mix of activist, athlete, and environmentalist if you tried.”
Bruckner joins an elite team of XX2i Optics athletes, including Canadian world record holder and professional runner Natasha LaBeaud Anzures, professional triathlete AJ Baucco, and the record-setting American Oarsmen team. Other open ocean athletes on the XX2i Optics roster include endurance rowing Team Oceanhearts, and Team Uniting Nations
“Partnering with XX2i Optics is due largely in part to the incredible quality of their polarized optics, which are a vital piece of equipment when you spend as much time on the water as I do,” said Bruckner. “I was thoroughly impressed by the quality when I found the brand, and immediately reached out to see how we could partner together and do more.”
Bruckner Chase also serves as a Global Ambassador for the Lifesaving World Championships, and is the creator of Legion of Ocean Heroes, a lifesaving festival for athletes with spinal cord injuries. His next major event is a virtual group run that’s part of a global stride for research that focuses on finding a cure for spinal cord injuries through the Wings for Life Foundation, which will be taking place simultaneously at 24 locations all around the world on 7 May 2017.