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Battle in the Bahamas 2015

| May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament April 24, 2015 – April 25 How did a couple of South Texas boys pull off a kayak fishing trip in the Bahamas? How in the world did you get your kayak across the US then across the North Atlantic Ocean?

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Camp Style Breakfast Burritos

| May 5, 2015 | 1 Comment

Waking up in your tent with the sun as your only alarm clock, brewing a hot fragrant cup of coffee, and dedicating the next hour or so to crafting and devouring the perfect pre-adventure breakfast because well, you can. At one point or another we’ve all been here, and I’m confident that you’ll agree with the notion that there are few things that beat these peaceful and unrivaled moments.

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Mountain Hardware Fluid Race Vest Pack

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Runners, lend me your ears. The Mountain Hardwear Fluid Race Vest Pack is dying to be your new fitness companion. Imagine the freedom you can enjoy without loose water bottles cramping your style while running.

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We Love Our Customers

| April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

We don’t get enough chances to thank our customers and we figured that our anniversary was the perfect time to let you all know just how much we appreciate you.

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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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