Resolve to Get Outside and Play in 2015

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the 40f7re2deep 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. We look online and research how we can better our lives, our relationships, our mediocre cooking skills, and ultimately ourselves. The answers and the solutions are as complicated or as simple as we make them. This year, resolve to keep things simple, get outdoors more, and trust that by doing so a lot of the complicated questions will be answered. Continue reading Resolve to Get Outside and Play in 2015

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

ACK Associate Buyer’s Super Rad, Ultra Perfect Holiday Gift Guide Picks

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Oh hey holidays, where you been? I’ve been looking for you for the last 300 some-odd days! This is by far my most favorite time of the holiday season. Listening to old Christmas music or some Sinatra and Dean Martin tunes while the fire crackles; the smell of pine or plastic from the tree filling the room- and the glow of festive lights reflecting off a half-eaten bowl of cereal. It’s truly something magical. But with all this magic also means finding gifts to suit your loving and sometimes awkward family. Continue reading ACK Associate Buyer’s Super Rad, Ultra Perfect Holiday Gift Guide Picks

Holiday Gift Guide Gold According to Dayvee, ACK Marketing Coordinator

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With holiday shopping season in full swing and gift guides popping up seemingly every minute on our Facebook feeds, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to simplify your gift giving list with a few gems from ACK’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Between work, holiday parties, workouts (burning off those Christmas cookies!), squeezing in much needed shut eye and the usual day-to-day activities, who has time to dissect every gift guide and find the perfect gift for your beloved outdoorsmen/woman? With that in mind, I picked four universally loved gifts that will easily be some of the best gifts under the tree this year.

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The EcoXGear EcoStone Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker System is one of my personal favorites in the gift guide as well as one of the best waterproof speakers I have used. It is compact, durable, waterproof (duh), and can really bump your favorite song while kayaking, SUPing or just floating down the river with family and friends. Continue reading Holiday Gift Guide Gold According to Dayvee, ACK Marketing Coordinator

4 Hot Gift Guide Picks from ACK’s Own Marketing Manager

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Austin

We all know the perils of Holiday shopping: the “who wants what”, “how much do I spend”, or “will my brother just end up returning these REALLY expensive jeans I got him”. These questions arise every holiday season. Fortunately our job at ACK is to alleviate those concerns for you with our Holiday Gift Guide, which has everything you need for everyone in your life. And if that helpful guide is still a little overwhelming, here are some of my personal favorites that will find their way into my loved ones’ present pile this year:

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As a newly engaged man, tasked with finding a gift for a woman besides my mother for the first time in my life, the ACK Gift Guide was truly a Godsend as I immediately found the perfect gift for the future Mrs. Olson (and in case you’re reading, I love you!) in the Stohlquist Cruiser Women’s PFD. As a new entrant into my life of kayaking, she had never found a PFD that she felt comfortable in, mostly because all the ones I own are designed for a 6-foot, 200 lb. man. Continue reading 4 Hot Gift Guide Picks from ACK’s Own Marketing Manager

2014 ACK Holiday Gift Guide: Vincent’s Picks

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Once again, it’s the annual holiday gift hunting season. Finding the right person the right gift with the perfect mixture of odd and practical is not an easy task. We get it. That’s exactly why we want to make the hunt as easy as possibly for you!

Cue the 2014 ACK Gift Guide to make shopping for those impossible people possible. Continue reading 2014 ACK Holiday Gift Guide: Vincent’s Picks

Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK) Named Retailer of the Year by Kayak Angler Choice Awards

KACA_Retailer_14Austin, Texas (November 24, 2014) – Outdoor retailer, Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK), a division of MSP Holdings, LLC, was named “Kayak Angling Retailer of the Year” by the “Kayak Angler Choice Awards” for the fourth year in a row.

Kayak Anglers Choice Awards (KACA) is a joint venture between YakAngler.com and KayakFishingRadio.com honoring individuals, companies, products, events, websites and organizations all within the kayak angling community. Kayak anglers from across the globe nominate and vote for their favorites in a variety of different categories.

“Austin Kayak has deep roots in the kayak angling community and we are excited that our customers once again voted us as Retailer of the Year,” said Peter Messana, CEO of MSP Holdings. “We strive to provide the best product selection and customer service and are proud that our customers chose to reward us with this honor.”

According to the organizers of the Kayak Anglers Choice Awards, over 15,000 unique voters participated this year resulting in three winners in each of the 10 categories. Continue reading Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK) Named Retailer of the Year by Kayak Angler Choice Awards

My State Record Sunfish

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The day began like any of my other San Marcos River Day trips; launched just before sunrise with beautiful sunny skies and warm 85 degree weather (took place in July). I had been fly fishing for a few months prior bringing nothing but the fly; by this time I had fully converted to fly fishing and the poor bait casters were getting dusty in the garage. I normally target bass and the occasional sunfish on the fly and this day was no different.

About half way into the float I must have made a dozen fly changes and hadn’t gotten a single bite from a bass. I then decided to tie on

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Macy with her bass

my tried and true Sunfish fly and do what we call in Texas, a little Perch jerking. Shortly after, I started catching all different species of sunfish such as long ear sunfish and red breast sunfish. Continue reading My State Record Sunfish

Gear Up for Cold Weather Paddling

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Buff Thermal Pro Multifunctional Headware

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 (and if that is your decision then might I suggest our recent post on storing your kayak?), but I know there is a large group of you out there who won’t let a little cold stop you from your favorite outdoor activities. It is for that reason that I wanted to help you out with a little advice from our expert staff at ACK on how to extend that paddling season straight through Mother Nature’s coldest mood, and it starts and ends in your closet.

 

The most important piece of advice we have to offer is to dress for the conditions. Gone are the days where throwing on your tank and board shorts qualified yourself for an afternoon paddle. Continue reading Gear Up for Cold Weather Paddling

Austin Canoe and Kayak culminates ‘Pink Campaign’ with donation to Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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Austin, Texas (November 11, 2014) – Outdoor retailer, Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK), a division of MSP Holdings, LLC, will donate $1,435.72 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). These funds were raised as a part of ACK’s pledge to donate 5 percent of sales generated from the sale of select products offered in pink that were sold throughout the month of October to support breast cancer research.

“We are grateful to our customers who embraced this campaign,” said Steve Messana, President and co-owner, ACK. “ We are excited about the enthusiasm that the campaign generated and next year we plan to offer even more merchandise for this campaign in order to increase our donation.”

BCRF’s mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer. The organization provides critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship. Continue reading Austin Canoe and Kayak culminates ‘Pink Campaign’ with donation to Breast Cancer Research Foundation