Retailer of the Year Award

Austin, Texas (August 8th, 2011) – Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK) is thrilled to have accepted the 25th Annual “Industry Award” for “Retailer of the Year” presented by Canoe & Kayak Magazine for the 3rd year in a row.

The award honors paddlesport retailers that have been recognized by industry manufacturers for exemplified excellence in variety of categories focused around product support, knowledge, promotion and customer service.

“This is truly an honor, to be chosen 3 years in a row means everything to us and we must thank each and every supplier for their recognition as well as all of our employees for their amazing customer service,” said Peter Messana, Austin Canoe and Kayak CEO.

Steve Messana, Austin Canoe and Kayak President, added: “Without the dedication, hard work and endless support of our vendors, we couldn’t have won this award. We thank them for everything they do to help us provide the high-level of service we offer to our customers.”

The winners were announced at an industry reception hosted by Canoe & Kayak magazine during the 2011 Summer Outdoor Retailer Show on August 5th in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About Austin Canoe and Kayak

Founded over 20 years ago, Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK) is an award-winning paddlesports and outdoor retailer based out of Central Texas dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and the widest selection of paddlesports and outdoor equipment. ACK operates three physical retail shops in Austin, San Marcos and Houston, Texas and an online store at

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Austin Canoe and Kayak, please call Roland Jimenez at 512.687.3010, or email