Chris

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Chris Tart

  • Nickname:

    Boomer
  • Team Position:

    Hope Floats NC Ambassador
  • Conch Republic Navy Rank:

    Able Seaman
  • Years Paddled:

    2013 (Days 1 &2), 2014
  • Age:

    47
  • Family:

    I have been married 26 years to my high school sweetheart and founder of Hope Floats NC, Kim. We have a daughter, Danielle and son-in-law Josh who live just a few miles away from us and our son Zach that still lives at home.
  • Where he's from:

    I was born and raised in Erwin, NC and moved across the river to the family farm in the Great Flat Woods when Kim and I got married, and have lived there ever since.
  • Education:

    I graduated from Erwin High School in 1985 and I have attended Fayetteville Tech, Central Carolina Community College and Wake Technical Institute.
  • Work:

    I have worked with the State of North Carolina for 23 years and currently I am a Purchasing Agent III with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
  • Influences:

    I have had and still have a lot of people who have influenced my life. When I was growing up, the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” really meant something and many hands played a part in the direction my life has gone. You can read about some of them at my blog: twenty8november
  • Fun Facts:

    Thanks to my grandmothers, I am the only one in my house that can thread and run a sewing machine!
  • Essential CAC Gear:

    My Current Designs Solstice Titan Smack Dab, and my Werner Ikelos Paddle.
  • Additional CAC Gear:

    I can’t make any long trip without my ipod!
  • How did you get involved with the CAC?:

    In 2011 my wife founded Hope Floats NC with the vision of us paddling 200 miles to raise money for cancer research. In our quest for knowledge about making such a huge undertaking, fate led us to the Castaways. Some of the Castaways and Hope Floats members met for a training mission in early 2013 and I joined the Castaways for two days of their 2013 tour.
  • In his own words:

    "If we waited to do things until we thought we were ready, we would never do anything."
  • Click Here to read Chris' Story:

    Hope Floats - Celebrate and Remember

Chris 2013