Buffalo Bayou Regatta

Written By ACK Houston Store Manager, Aaron Lowe

This past Saturday was the 43rd Annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta. It was a beautiful, cool, and cloudy day in Houston on the Buffalo Bayou at the San Felipe Launch. There were over 700 participants in 500+ boats paddling the 15 mile race route. The race consist of 3 heats that started between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m and were divided by several classes to include all types of paddling styles.

The finish line at Sesquicentennial Park in downtown Houston featured live music from a local zydecoo band and had food catered in from Chipolte and St. Arnolds Brewery. The event also featured several family friendly activities including bean bag toss and Frisbee sponsored by Gilman Subaru. Continue reading Buffalo Bayou Regatta

2015 Spring Demo Days: What’s New?!

This year is our 10th annual Spring Demo Days and at this rate, it’s panning out to be our best yet! This year, we are honored to be able to represent and carry some of the leading kayak brands the industry offers including: Feel Free, Old Town, Viking, Wilderness Systems and of course Hobie. Revolutionary moves are being implemented in the business including the release of Old Town’s Predator XL Minn Kota and Hobie’s Revolution 16. Here are just a few of the new Kayaks that we plan on showing off. 

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The Wilderness Systems ATAK – Advanced Tactical Angling Kayak has a design that can be customized to meet the needs of any angler. The wide deck is ideal for walking, standing, and scoping the waters for nearby fish.  The boat features Wilderness Systems new AirPro MAX seat which allows you to move about the entire length of the deck. This is a boat that can adjust to just about any environment and any target species. They are currently available for pre-order (said to ship around the end of April 2015) and are going fast! Continue reading 2015 Spring Demo Days: What’s New?!

Austin Canoe & Kayak (ACK) Announces 10th Annual Spring Demo Days

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Austin, Texas (March 10, 2015) – Outdoor retailer, Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK), a division of MSP Holdings, LLC, announces its 10th Annual Spring Demo Days & Outdoor Exposition. A total of four events will be held in locations based around ACK’s physical store locations with Houston and San Marcos/San Antonio on April 11th and 12th and Austin and North Houston (Spring) on the 18th and 19th.

The annual event is designed to give both novice and expert paddlers an opportunity to demo a combination of over 80 kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards on the water as well as attend informative and educational clinics. Representatives from all the major paddlesport manufacturers will be in attendance to help answer questions, talk shop and offer guidance while demoing their products on the water. In addition to the demos, educational seminars will take place throughout the day by knowledgeable ACK staff members and select industry manufacturers covering topics such as “How To Paddle”, “Fly Fishing from a Kayak”, and “Kayak Fishing”. Continue reading Austin Canoe & Kayak (ACK) Announces 10th Annual Spring Demo Days

Buffalo Bayou Regatta 2015

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We can’t wait to see you at the Bayou!

Ladies and Gentlemen of all ages and walks of life- we encourage you to come out for the 43rd annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta! The 15 mile ACA sanctioned race along the beautiful Buffalo Bayou is Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race. If you wish to participate in the event but are without a boat, you have the ability to rent by the day from ACK by visiting our rentals page. The race category is determined by the size of the boat and the age requirements mention that anyone 12+ is eligible for entry. Anyone participating is automatically entered into a raffle and is eligible to win a 2014 Hobie Revolution 11.

The Regatta has brought paddlers down to Houston since 1972 and later in 1986, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership formed to make the bayou a cleaner environment for locals. Today, the event welcomes around 400 visitors, participants, and vendors.


More Information from the Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

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Houston Fishing Show

unnamed (2)2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the annual Houston Fishing Show and this year I was lucky enough to get an insiders glimpse at the larger than life event. Every year, the emphasis is on tackle fishing, with all facets of the world of fishing fully explored through ongoing clinics, displays, movies, and, in efforts to encourage an early start to outdoor appreciation, there were plenty of different activities for interested children.  All of the seminars were on relevant industry topics including, “Pre-Spawn Bass” and “Fly Fishing on the Texas Coast” all led by experts in the field. All of the newest and most popular fishing equipment from all around the world is on display so that you can try out the tools you are most interested in but haven’t yet gotten a chance to get your hands on. All of the exhibits had knowledgeable informational resources so that you could fully understand the products before purchasing or adding to your wish-list.

unnamed (3)Along with experts and outdoor industry retailers, plenty of partners from local Recreational State Parks joined us for the event to keep hikers and boaters informed and up to date on events and happenings within the fisherman’s natural setting. For example: the ACK booth was set up right across the way from the kind folks at Lake Sommerville State Park and Trailway.

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ACK.com Unveils Updated Website Design with Customers In Mind

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Austin, Texas (February 25, 2015) – Outdoor retailer, ACK.com, a division of MSP Holdings, LLC, today unveiled their new home-page and header/footer design for ACK.com after weeks of collaboration between the design, merchandising and development teams.

The design ushers the website into 2015 with a modernized look and feel while maintaining the ease of navigation and user-friendly experience that customers have come to expect from ACK.  New features include an updated carousel of hero image graphics, expanded website width and a search bar that follows the user as they scroll so that they are never more than a mouse click away from finding the exact product they’re looking for.  Even with all the changes, the responsive functionality and consistency across all devices (including tablet and mobile) that the previous design demonstrated are still found with the updated look.

“We knew that it was time to redesign the home page and give it an updated look, but our primary objective was an improved customer experience.  It’s now much easier to use the site and all of its search and navigation tools,” said Austin Olson, Marketing Manager at ACK. Continue reading ACK.com Unveils Updated Website Design with Customers In Mind

ACK Demo Days 2015!

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ACK Demo Days is Back!

What, you know, Demo Days! Whether you’re a novice or expert, Demo Days is a great event for any paddler to attend. It’s absolutely free and an opportunity to try out 80+ models, talk with representatives from top brands in the industry, and save up to 30% on select kayaks. This is our favorite event to put on every year and it’s always a ton of fun – we hope to see you out there! Demo Days is only a couple months out and we want to make sure that you mark your calendars for the event nearest to you! We make it a fun educational experience for the whole family. If you are interested in deals and some quality water time, look no further than Demo Days!

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Where/When?

New Braunfels, TX – Texas Ski Ranch April 11th-12th

Missouri City, TX – Independence Park April 11th-12th

Austin, TX – The Quarries at Hyde Park April 18th-19th

Conroe, TX – The Pond off Butler April 18th-19th

Why? Because you deserve it!

For more info please give us a call at (888) 828 3828, comment below, and/or visit the Demo Page!

The Road Less Traveled by ACK’s Social Media Coordinator

unnamedroad Growing up in a big city had always made me feel homesick for a landscape more rural, beautiful, and vast; a place I had yet to discover. My parents, being fond travelers, were dedicated to making adventure time a priority while my brother and I were growing up. Every fall, since before I can remember, they would bring us to the Door County, Wisconsin Peninsula to spend days riding and photographing the trail; my brother and I would stare out at the vast woods from my dad’s Burley bike attachment. Family trips through Northern Michigan, Arizona, and California fostered in me a great appreciation and wonder of nature before I could even be trusted with training wheels.

High school was where I really began to expand on this adoration. Continue reading The Road Less Traveled by ACK’s Social Media Coordinator

Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK) Donates $8,000 to San Antonio and Hill Country Heroes on the Water Chapters

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Austin, Texas (December 16, 2014) – Outdoor retailer, Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK), a division of MSP Holdings, LLC, today announced donations totaling $8,000 were made to the San Antonio and Hill Country chapters of Heroes on the Water using money raised by its Kayak Angler Tournament Series (KATS) in 2014. Heroes on the Water is a 501c3 organization that serves veterans from all branches of the United States military by providing healing and rehabilitating kayak fishing outings that are physically and mentally therapeutic.

Half of the funds, which were raised through event registrations and raffle ticket sales at Operation Angler Strength’s Charity Tournament in partnership with the organization’s founder, Mike Ryan, were donated to the San Antonio Chapter. Now in it’s second year, the event attracted seventeen anglers in the Veterans Division and another 57 entrants in the Fisherman Division.

The remaining $4,000, which was raised through raffle tickets sold throughout the 2014 tournament series, was donated to the newly founded Hill Country Chapter of Heroes on the Water in order to kickstart their local efforts. Continue reading Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK) Donates $8,000 to San Antonio and Hill Country Heroes on the Water Chapters