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


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

Kayak Fishing Personalities Converge for ACK Demo Days in Austin

Meet Big Names of Kayak Fishing at ACK Austin this Weekend

I was scrolling through the list of representatives that we have coming to our ACK Austin store this weekend for Demo Days when I realized how many awesome people we have coming together for this event. If you’re a local Austin paddlers who is looking to further your kayak fishing knowledge and skills, you won’t want to miss this event. Here are some of the people you can expect to see:

Fil (far left) at the Aransas Pass event earlier this month.
Fil (far left) at the Aransas Pass event earlier this month.

Captain Fil Spencer will be here representing Ocean Kayak, Necky and Old Town Canoes and Kayaks to discuss how he utilizes their line-up of different models on the coast. Fil has been a big presence in the IFA Kayak Fishing Tours over the past couple years, placing 3rd in the recent Aransas Pass event and grabbing up the biggest redfish. He’ll be showing off his personal rig, talking about the new Predator kayak and answering any questions you might have about kayak fishing.

Thomas showing off a fly fishing catch.
Thomas showing off a fly fishing catch.



Husband and wife team, Thomas and Megan Flemons,  run the show at local Austin kayak manufacturer, Diablo Paddlesports, and kayak fly fish in their free time. They will both be out showing off their lineup of ultra stable kayaks, including their new roto-molded Amigo kayak which has been generating some buzz since it was announced a few months back. Thomas will even be holding a “Fly Fishing from a Kayak” clinic Saturday at 10:45 and Sunday at 1:30 PM.


Angler Prostaff Ryan McDermid showing off a recent catch.
Angler Prostaff Ryan McDermid showing off a recent catch.

Native Watercraft’s Tom Jester along with angler prostaff Ryan McDermid and Jose Jimenez will be on site and talking about how models like the Manta Ray, Ultimate, Versa Board Angler, Mariner and Slayer serve the different needs of kayak anglers. Don’t expect to see their new Slayer propel or Ultimate FX yet since those aren’t released until later in the year, but they’ll be able to answer any questions you might have about the new models.


Joe Poole at giving a clinic at San Marcos earlier this year.
Joe Poole at giving a clinic at San Marcos earlier this year.

Wilderness Systems angler prostaff Joe Poole will once again be on the scene. Joe has been a favorite resource for Demo Day event goers regarding kayak fishing for many years now and operates his GoinCoastal kayak fishing charter service in Corpus Christi. He’ll have his personal rig to show off and will hold Kayak Fishing clinics both Saturday at 1:00 PM and Sunday at 12:45 PM. His clinics have been known to draw a crowd and are not to be missed for those getting started!


Cully & Ester from Hobie Kayaks will be on hand to discuss the Pro Angler, changes coming to Hobie models for 2014 and how the Hobie Mirage Drive makes kayak fishing easy. Cully and Ester are long time Hobie veterans and have participated in a wide range of trade shows and events, including the Hobie Fishing World Championships (as staff). See the video below from the beginning of this year where Cully discusses the Pro Angler:

You can also expect to see representatives from companies like Feel Free, Scotty and Optic Nerve who will be sure to have some products on hand that will interest anglers. Hope to see you there!

IMPORTANT: Changes to ACK Austin 2013 Fall Demo Days

Low Water Levels Forcing Change for ACK Austin Fall Demo Days

Unfortunately, the long season of drought here in Austin has left the Quarry Lake where we traditionally host the ACK Austin Demo Days with very low water levels. As a result, we are re-locating the event to our ACK Austin store for a dry demo.

But don’t fret! It may be a dry demo but it will still be a lot of FUN!

  • Score Great Deals on New & Used Kayaks and other accessories!
  • Dry-Test 90+ Boats
  • Attend Clinics like “How to Rig or Kayak” and “Kayak Fishing 101″  (Full Clinic Schedule)
  • Chat with Vendor representatives from manufactures such as Hobie, Ocean Kayak, Thule, Scotty and many MORE!
  • Enter for a Chance to Win Amazing Raffle Prizes
  • Plus, enjoy plenty of smiling faces, food and beverages.

The event will still take place the weekend of September 14th and 15th and will go on during normal store hours:

Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 4 pm

Note: This only affects our ACK Austin Demo, not our San Marcos, Spring or Houston events. Austin event goers will still have the opportunity to travel south the nearby San Marcos event on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd to paddle at the Texas Ski Ranch. See information about all of the ACK Fall Demo Days events.

Changes to the Clinic Schedule

Being off the water has forced some changes to the clinic schedule for our Austin location. Paddling Basics and SUP Techniques will no longer be offered and in their place we will be offering clinics on Hobie Basics and a How to Rig Your Kayak with Scotty fishing products.

ACK Austin will also feature some additional camping clinics that you won’t find at the other events including Hammock Camping and Kayak Camping Basics. See the fully updated clinic schedule.

Not our First Dry Demo

Two years ago, we had a similar situation arise and were forced to put on a dry demo event at our ACK Austin store. The result? Still plenty of information and lots of fun! See pictures from the event below and put your mind to rest – our ACK Austin Demos are still not to be missed!

IMPORTANT UPDATE – Austin Demo Day Location Change!

Due to the drought conditions, the lake in which we would typically conduct our Kayak Demo Days is inaccessible at this time. However, canceling the event is just not our style so we’ve decided to alter the event as an “Off the Water Kayak Demo Day Weekend”. This event will be hosted as scheduled but now at the Austin Canoe and Kayak store parking lot located at 9705 Burnet Rd #102, Austin, Texas 78758. (Click for Map)

We’ll have over 75 boats on display and ACK Staff and Vendors will be on site answering questions, letting you “dry demo” the boats and offering advice on the what best suits your needs. Another advantage will be that unlike our regular on the water demo days you’ll be able to immediately browse our full line of accessories too!

The best part of any kayak demo day are the specials and let it be known than not only will we have them, we’re planning to make the deals even sweeter for you!

Plus, we are still hosting our popular clinics. Whether your interest is kayak fishing, kayak or base camp camping, camp cooking or simply want to know about places to paddle, you won’t want to miss them all!

And finally, we’re going to make the best of this so why not make this a party too? We’ll have BBQ, refreshments, entertainment for kids and the opportunity to win prizes so come on by and bring your family and friends — it’s going to be loads of fun!

The San Marcos and Houston Demo Days will go on as planned.

If you have any question, please contact us at 512-719-4386 or visit our demo page:

The show must go on!!!