What do you see when you find a small, locally owned kayak shop in Austin, Texas? Steve and Peter Messana, owners of Austin Canoe & Kayak (ACK), saw potential. They took a tiny specialty paddling shop and developed it into the booming business it is today. Starting with the flagship store in Austin, TX and then growing across Central Texas, ACK has developed into one of Texas’s largest kayak fishing and outdoor retailer while maintaining its mom-and-pop shop feel in each of its brick and mortar locations.
I recently sat down with ACK President & Co-Owner Steve Messanna to talk about the development of Austin Canoe and Kayak, his passion for the outdoors, and the path less traveled that brought him to collaborating with his brother on their biggest project yet as they prepare to celebrate ten years at ACK.
Here at ACK we are getting ready to mark our 10th anniversary and we figured – why not extend the celebration to our biggest fans and supporters?! So, starting this Thursday, after signing up to be a part of our Ten Year Anniversary, we will be sending out one email a day containing ACK fun facts, staff videos, interviews, and best of all a hand selected discounted item of the day!
Starting this Friday, March 27 up until Monday, March 30th when shopping ACK, get discounts up to 20% off on selected Thule gear including racks, carriers, and luggage!
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.
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.
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.
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.