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Fishing with the Birds

| December 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Since my last post, it became validated, birding from a kayak is pretty darn cool! I continue to work on improving my fishing skills and while I don’t get much better, I can think of a lot worse things to do with my day than spending it in a kayak casting and watching nature work […]

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Grackle Watching

| December 10, 2012 | 4 Comments

ACK’s Chris Hackerd, co-owner and VP of Store Operations, recently discovered a passion for bird watching. Follow him through a series of blogs documenting his adventures as he partakes in a series of trips to gratify his newfound hobby. In his first of many, Chris tells us all about how it all got started. I […]

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Visit to the Heart of the Paddling World – Part 5 of 5

| October 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Chris Hackerd, VP of Store Operations and one of three ACK co-owners, is an avid mountain biker, birder, ‘yak angler and all around outdoors-man. Recently, Chris traveled east to North Carolina to celebrate his grand mother’s 80th birthday and took the opportunity to visit many of the manufacturers based out of the area including Confluence, Legacy, Werner, Eno, Astral & Feel Free/Pyrahna. […]

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Event Recap: Fly Fishing Downtown Austin, Texas

| April 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Last week I got to step into the Paramount Theatre here in Austin, Texas for the first time and catch the 2012 Fly Fishing Film Tour and to represent ACK as a sponsor of the event. It was a neat evening with many familiar faces. I have seen many of these folks in our stores […]

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Thule Regional Dealer Conference Dual Report

| April 1, 2012 | 1 Comment

Chris: I got to attend the Thule Regional Conference in Houston recently and it was very informative. The majority of the information and knowledge was geared towards dealers servicing customers better but I also took away some interesting tidbits of information. Did you know that Thule has a 5-day shake test on products? They take a new product […]

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Dreaming of a Texas Water Safari

| March 12, 2012 | 3 Comments

Every year, about this time, I start thinking and dreaming about attempting the Texas Water Safari.  It’s a ridiculously challenging 260-mile kayak/canoe race to the Gulf of Mexico from the central Texas area on the San Marcos and Guadalupe Rivers. I’m fascinated by the race and the people that compete in it. I like to […]

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Kayak Camaraderie – It’s Everywhere

| March 2, 2012 | 3 Comments

I stopped on my way to San Marcos to get a sandwich last week and was thoroughly enjoying my lunch when another guest of the sandwich shop asked me if the kayaks on that car out there were in fact mine. I acknowledged that they indeed were. He gave me the run down on his […]

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Drive By Paddler

| February 29, 2012 | 1 Comment

I’ve been making the drive to Houston to visit our store for so long now that I’ve begun to develop stories and relationships with the towns and sites I see. It’s funny the things I notice and don’t notice while I drive. I get to cross the Brazos river when I take the 290 route. […]

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Hello Luke…Welcome to ACK San Marcos!

| November 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

We’d like to take a quick moment to introduce Luke Patranella, ACK San Marcos Store Manager. Luke was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and attended school at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches where he majored in business. Soon after graduating he moved to the mountains of Colorado where eventually he ended up […]

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Featured Outfitter: Georgetown Parks & Recreation Outdoor Adventure Programs

| March 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

Having a well run Parks and Recreation Department is an important part of any community. Not only do they give you access to parks but also provide array of facilities and special programs for visitors to enjoy. Today, we are featuring the Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department Outdoor Adventure Programs. ACK has been working with […]

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