A self-proclaimed “Huck Finn wannabe,” Mark Vlaskamp has been paddling a canoe since he was a kid. After serving as YakGear’s marketing director for four years, he left the position at the beginning to 2016 to spend a significant part of the year on the road.
If you’re following us on Facebook, you know we’re big dog people here at ACK – we have several office dogs and carry a variety of gear for keeping your adventurous dog safe and happy! (LINK TO PK FRIDAY BLOG) dog trained:
If you caught my earlier blog about why I woke up early on a Saturday to hang out with a group of strangers, then you’re familiar with how amazing Explore Austin is. This Austin, Texas based nonprofit is on a mission to empower underprivileged youth of Austin through outdoor exploration.
When I re-joined the ACK team in mid 2015, one of my goals was to try and get outside more. With unlimited access to the best in paddling and camping gear, it only made sense.
In a world of too much information and too little time, we know how valuable focused and resourceful product information is to our customers. We also know that second to product information, providing our customers with the opportunity to see the product being used in a real world situation can not only help drive a buying decision but perhaps inspire them to go out and enjoy the great outdoors.
In The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Lucy discovers the magical world of Narnia when she’s poking around in a wardrobe. After chancing upon this unknown Narnia she becomes obsessed, there is a similar mindset when it comes to kayak polo .
Last weekend I had the opportunity to volunteer with Explore Austin. As I rolled into the parking lot of Kipp Austin Collegiate, the mood was a lot sleepier than I was expecting.
This past Fall Demo Days had to be one of my favorite Demos to date. As ACK’s Marketing Event Manager, the four Demo Days in Austin, San Marcos, Mississippi City and Conroe, Texas are some of the largest events of my year.
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not man the less, but nature more. – Lord Byron The beginning of a new year brings about new ideas, promises, and resolutions for everyone.
Just because winter is approaching does not mean you have to hang up your yak and paddle until spring. Of course it’s your choice if you want to hunker down this winter with a cup of hot chocolate and a Charles Dickens classic because, (and if that is your decision then might I suggest our recent post on storing your kayak?