Get to Know Chaco Ambassador Tommy Clapp

Home Town: Knoxville, Tennessee

Currently residing: Jefferson City, Tennessee

Chaco sandal or shoe of choice: Hip Thongs, I have 4 pair actually.

Nickname: Not really, when your last name is Clapp you tend to steer clear of nicknames!


How many pair of Chacos do you currently own? 11 of my own, 17 with my family!

Where is your favorite place in the world? After looking all over there is really no place like the Mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Where else can you be on the water in the mountains year round? Plus it is nice to have a good balance of all 4 seasons!

What is playing on your iPod? A little bit of everything really, I am an equally opportunity listener. FUN. Has been showing up a lot but I love rocking out to some good 80’s and 90’s mix on the way to the river.

Best paddle of your life? Recently took a trip to the North Eastern U.S. and had an awesome experience with a great group of guys. So many rivers in one trip I think the whole experience counts as my best paddle!

If you were a super hero, which one would you be, why? Probably Thor; he can fly, is super strong, and a cool guy. Who doesn’t want to be all those things?  I have a Thor t-shirt… does that count?

Favorite quote? "Work had to be enjoyable on a daily basis. We all had to come to work on the balls of our feet, going up the stairs two steps at a time. We needed to be surrounded by friends who could dress whatever way they wanted, even barefoot. We needed to have flex time to surf the waves when they were good, or ski the powder after a big snowstorm, or stay home and take care of a sick child. We needed to blur that distinction between work and play and family." -Yvon Chouinard

About Tommy Clapp: 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.


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