Chaco Announces its 2013 Ambassador Team

From our friends at Chaco:

Chaco announces the launch of its 2013 Ambassador Team, a group of passionate individuals who represent Chaco by enriching their lives through outdoor adventure, travel, and community. Comprised of on-water professional athletes, modern-day nomads, and outdoor educators, the seven individuals will represent Chaco at competitive events, on the road, in their daily lives, and online socially. For more information please visit

“We’ve chosen a team that is genuinely aligned with Chaconian values of adventure and exploration through their daily activities, sports, and communities.  Their stories help to fuel and inspire us all to seek out and live a full, adventurous life,” said Colin Butts, marketing manager at Chaco.


The following individuals will represent the Chaco Ambassador Team in 2013:

Mike Tavares

As a professional Stand Up Paddler (SUP) and kayaker, Mike Tavares is a true Chaconian adventurer, competitor, and advocate for his sport.  This year Mike will be travelling from coast to coast, showcasing the sport of SUP through demos, events, clinics, and races on the Boardworks Show Up and Blow Up Tour presented by Chaco.


Haley Mills

Haley Mills is a modern river nomad hunting out whitewater while living in her truck. In the past few years she has become one of the top female paddlers in Freestyle Kayaking and whitewater Stand Up Paddling. She is currently ranked 5th in the World for Freestyle Kayaking and the US Point Series Championship.


 Lindsey Wilson

Lindsey Wilson is an environmental educator, outdoor fanatic, and mom to three little adventurers. The outdoors is infused into everything she and her family do. She is the founder of, a blog dedicated to providing inspiration and tips for making family adventure fun, easy, and accessible.


 Tommy Clapp

Being an avid kayaker, ropes course instructor, and lover of the outdoors, Tommy lives and breathes the outdoor lifestyle.  Working as an outdoor educator he gets the opportunity to use the world as his classroom and his well-worn Chacos are with him every step of the way.


 Lizzie Watson

Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Lizzie left for Jackson, Wyoming with plans of staying for one winter. That was seven years ago. Lizzie is a certified river guide with Mad River Boat Trips, as well as a part-time fire fighter/EMT for the local rescue squad. Lizzie loves the outdoors and anything that allows her to spend time in the mountains and on the river. She is an avid snowboarder, rock climber, cyclist, kayaker, and hiker.


 Susan Shain

Susan Shain has been working seasonal adventure jobs and traveling the world since 2008. She’s worked everywhere from Colorado to Korea and traveled to all corners of the earth — Chacos in tow! She’s worn her Chacos everywhere from exploring the deserts of Mongolia to kayaking in Southeast Alaska to working as a volunteer teacher in Nicaragua. She writes for Chaco and in her travel blog at


Chris Gragtmans

Chris is a competitive whitewater kayaker who’s been fortunate to travel the world exploring, competing, and pushing the limits of the sport. There’s no place he’d rather be then immersed in a deep river gorge, working the river, and deciphering her intricate puzzles. Off the water, Chris enjoys pushing himself with downhill mountain biking, skiing, and Cross Fit.

Born on the river in 1989, Chaco builds premium footwear for the outdoor-minded. What started as sandals for river guides has evolved into sandals, shoes, flips, and boots that offer Chaco’s uncompromised support no matter where you roam. All Chaco footwear features the LUVSEAT™, a uniquely contoured platform that properly aligns and supports your foot and body to enable a lifetime of adventure. As a result, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has awarded the Seal of Acceptance to many Chaco footwear styles.  The APMA Seal is intended to raise awareness by identifying products of exceptional quality that are manufactured with comfort, health, and safety in mind. Simply put, Chaco is fit for adventure.