Get to know Chaco Ambassador Haley Mills
Posted On: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - Chaconians
Haley Mills is a modern river nomad hunting out whitewater and adventure while living in her truck. She is a fierce competitor in every competition she enters. From Freestyle Kayaking, Creeking, SUP River Surfing, and SUP Down River Races. Haley Mills is the only Female that competes in all these events. She is currently been training in Florida preparing for her 2014 year she has planned. Check out her video of her cross training and pick up a few tips for your routine.
Happy New Year Haley! We wanted to talk 2014 and get to know you a little better.
When did you start kayaking? I started paddling when I was thirteen in Kentucky. My parents found the Nantahala Outdoor Center and I took a class when the river was at flood stage and I have been hooked ever since.
When did you know it would be a career? Growing up I knew I wanted to be on the water full time. After finishing college and moving to Colorado where I was able to spend hours at the whitewater park before going to waitress at night. I saw the competitions and realized I am doing the same tricks and might as well give competing a try.
When did you join the Chaco Team? I joined the team three years ago and I feel like Chaco is my family!!
What kind of advice would you give someone who wanted to pursue professional Kayaking? When pursing a career in kayaking you have to be willing to do everything because you love it. It takes an overwhelming amount of work and dedication.
What is your favorite part of being on the road? The part that makes living in my truck worth while is that when I get tired of a location I can just pick and go. The freedom is my favorite part.
Best road food? Road food to me is smoothies, and I prepare my food before I drive so a nice salad.
Best Road Trip Music? Upbeat and anything I can sing and shake my booty too.
Favorite new piece of paddling gear (excluding Chacos)? My must piece of paddling gear is my Werner Paddles they are in my hand if I am creeking, freestyle, and SUPing.
Next destination? I am leaving Florida next week headed to Tennessee and North Carolina to get back in my kayak and train on some whitewater.
Dream Trip in 2014? I am planning my trip out at the moment. After the full whitewater tour. I am planning to head out for an Alps for the month of August. Then Nepal for October- December, and see if my money holds out and continue around the world.
What do you look for in a a paddling partner? Paddling partners are exactly like any relationship. Its all about trust. My paddling partners must have a since of humor because I try not to take myself serious. One of my favorite days on the water last year was my first day running the green at an super high water flow, with friends who had music playing out of their Pfd's and signing and dancing on the river.
Favorite quote? My favorite quote changes on the regular. I keep quotes in my mind to motivate myself so day to day I have a new one I love. " Strength- A river cuts through a rock, not because of its power but its persistence" James Watkins
Final question: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? I had to google superpowers to choose the most obvious would be weather manipulation would be pretty awesome. I could create perfect river flows or increase the snow pack in regions.