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Growth of the Team

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Back in early 2005, when brothers Peter and Steve Messana purchased Austin Canoe & Kayak, the company totaled one small shop in North Austin.  After the purchase was completed, one store employee stayed on to help Peter and Steve, and they were also helped by a part-time worker when school was out in the summer.

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Austin Canoe & Kayak to Celebrate Its 10 Year Anniversary

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Austin Canoe & Kayak prepares to celebrate ten years under current owners and brothers Steve and Peter Messana.  Since purchasing the company in 2005, the company has expanded to include five retail shops and an online presence with their website ack.

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Houston Fire

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

In March of 2012, ACK was thriving. Stores in Austin, San Marcos and Houston were outfitting more customers than ever before and ACK.com was turning out orders at a rate far beyond expectations. Everything was going the company’s way. Until the night of March 11, 2012.

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ACK Gives Back

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

ACK was founded ten years ago on the belief that every customer should be treated like they are our only customer. This foundation extends beyond just the people that shop at ACK.com or peruse one of our stores; it is a courtesy we try and extend to every person we encounter. That is why we hold giving back so important here at ACK and have since it was purchased in 2005. Whether it’s a local paddling group or an internationally accredited cancer research fund, the people of ACK love doing what they can do help their fellow man!

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The Rise of Demo Days

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Austin Canoe & Kayak (ACK) Demo Days are ACK’s pride and joy. Since 2005, the Demo Days have been a favorite bi-annual tradition where vendors, customers and employees alike get together and get on the water.

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From One to Five: The Story of the ACK Stores

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

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.

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The Birth of ACK – An Interview with Steve Messana

| April 22, 2015 | 4 Comments

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.

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ACK’s Ten Year Anniversary Sign Up!

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

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!

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Victorious Trail Running with Anthony Jacobs

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

While Austin Kayak is known for our canoe and kayak offerings, we also carry gear for a variety of activities, including trail running. I decided to put a few of our running products to the test on my most recent trail race.

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The Roo Life

| April 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

The minute I set my eyes on a Kammok Roo I knew I had to own one. Not only is it attractive, local to Austin, and tear resistant but with the purchase of every Roo, Dragonfly, or Glider, Kammok is able to provide life-saving treatment to 5 children diagnosed with malaria in Africa.

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