Recently a few friends and I rented a house in Gun Barrel, Texas on Cedar Creek Lake. I decided to bring along a few kayaks as well as a couple stand up paddleboard’s (SUP’s) and needless to say, they were hit throughout the weekend. For many of my friends, it was their first time on any type of kayak, as well as my first attempt at paddleboarding so it was enjoyable to both teach a little and learn something new myself. I’m confident that I can answer questions about specific boards and the performance factors that different lengths and surfaces give from my experience using them over the weekend.

As far as the kayaks go, it was pretty interesting to get to see all the different boats perform when put up against each other. Such as the difference between a 12 and 14 foot Tarpon. Obviously the 14 is faster but I didn’t fully understand how effortless it was to maintain that speed until I was able to try both back to back. The weekend told me that you don’t have to be a fisherman or a whitewater enthusiast (which none of us are) to enjoy a kayak or SUP.

Travis @ACK Austin