At Chaco, we take pride in our Chaconian following. It’s our Chaconians' dedication and pursuit of adventure that is at the heart of the Chaco brand, breathing life into the shoes as you adventure-on!

It is with this in mind that we are excited to introduce the individuals of the Ambassador Team, seven enthusiastic Chaconians dedicated to living an adventurous and active life outdoors. Comprised of professional athletes, modern-day nomads, and outdoor educators, this select group represents our greater community by passionately seeking adventure everyday and sharing their experiences with you.

Look for our ambassadors on the water, on land, and online as we bring you their epic outdoor stories right here on the Chaco blog. Connect with them on our Chaconian social places Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest and allow their expertise and endeavors to spark your own pursuit of adventure.

Without further hesitation, Meet Your Chaco Ambassadors:

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.

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.

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.

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