ACK Demo Days 2015!


ACK Demo Days is Back!

What, you know, Demo Days! Whether you’re a novice or expert, Demo Days is a great event for any paddler to attend. It’s absolutely free and an opportunity to try out 80+ models, talk with representatives from top brands in the industry, and save up to 30% on select kayaks. This is our favorite event to put on every year and it’s always a ton of fun – we hope to see you out there! Demo Days is only a couple months out and we want to make sure that you mark your calendars for the event nearest to you! We make it a fun educational experience for the whole family. If you are interested in deals and some quality water time, look no further than Demo Days!



New Braunfels, TX – Texas Ski Ranch April 11th-12th

Missouri City, TX – Independence Park April 11th-12th

Austin, TX – The Quarries at Hyde Park April 18th-19th

Conroe, TX – The Pond off Butler April 18th-19th

Why? Because you deserve it!

For more info please give us a call at (888) 828 3828, comment below, and/or visit the Demo Page!

The Road Less Traveled by ACK’s Social Media Coordinator

unnamedroad Growing up in a big city had always made me feel homesick for a landscape more rural, beautiful, and vast; a place I had yet to discover. My parents, being fond travelers, were dedicated to making adventure time a priority while my brother and I were growing up. Every fall, since before I can remember, they would bring us to the Door County, Wisconsin Peninsula to spend days riding and photographing the trail; my brother and I would stare out at the vast woods from my dad’s Burley bike attachment. Family trips through Northern Michigan, Arizona, and California fostered in me a great appreciation and wonder of nature before I could even be trusted with training wheels.

High school was where I really began to expand on this adoration. Continue reading The Road Less Traveled by ACK’s Social Media Coordinator

The 3 Rules of Warmth

jMost northerners know what it takes to stay warm on those cold winter nights, and I’m not talking about that magical liquid in the flask. Im talking about the gear you’ll need to hang out in the cold and not even notice that it’s -30 degrees. I’m a Texan that went to live in Colorado for a year to be a ski bum and I only wish a wise man had told me the 3 rules of warmth before I was months into freezing my butt off. A lot of people have their own recipes for staying warm. Momma always said, “wear some layers,” and I’m not going to contradict Momma (I was raised better than that), but that advice is a little vague when you find yourself leaving the house in a blizzard.  Continue reading The 3 Rules of Warmth

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


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

Brad’s Journey to the Huntsville Half

Written by Brad Martin, ACK Web Content Manager

When you start college people talk about the “Freshman 15″ aka those 15 pounds one gains during theirunnamed-1 freshman year of college. Well, my Freshman 15 quickly turned into the Senior 55. I walked into college a slim 170lbs and walked out a round 225lbs. Needless to say, I enjoyed my years in Huntsville, Texas, home of the Sam Houston State University Bearkats!

After college I continued my upward trend in weight. Peaking at 253lbs, I was definitely what you would call round. Continue reading Brad’s Journey to the Huntsville Half

Austin Canoe & Kayak Receives Sixth Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Award


ACK hits another milestone with sixth consecutive year of outstanding customer service award.

Austin, Texas (September 30, 2014) – Outdoor retailer, Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK), a division of MSP Holdings, LLC is excited and honored to have received the Bizrate® Circle of Excellence award for the sixth year in a row.

The Bizrate Circle of Excellence award recognizes those online retailers within the Bizrate Insights Network who have demonstrated outstanding performance, as rated by their customers, throughout a one-year period. The ratings are from direct feedback, collected at the point-of-sale and after the delivery of goods, from customers concerning seven key satisfaction indicators.

The key satisfaction indicators measured for award eligibility are immediately post purchase: Overall Satisfaction, Product Selection, and Ease of Finding, and then after order receipt: Likelihood to Buy Again, Product Met Expectations, On-Time Delivery, and Satisfaction with Customer Support.

“Out of all of the awards we win this one is always the most special and I am elated to accept it for the sixth year in a row,” said Peter Messana, MSP Holdings, LLC CEO. Continue reading Austin Canoe & Kayak Receives Sixth Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Award

Thank You For Another Fantastic Fall Demo Days!


Our 2014 Fall Kayak Demo Days took place earlier this month and as usual we had a great time putting them on! ACK Demo Days are a company wide favorite not only because it give us the opportunity to interact with customers and manufacturer representatives twice a year, but we also get to do a little paddling of our own!

For those of you who are not familiar with ACK Demo Days, they are a bi-annual event that we have hosted since 2006. We host one in the spring and the other in the fall and are happy to say that every year both events seem to get a little bigger and grow a little stronger! Manufacturer representatives from all over the country come together along with their line-up of kayaks, paddle-boards, camping gear, and other accessories to give our customers a chance to try out their most recent upgrades and products. On top of what the manufactures bring, we include our own gear and kayaks for paddles all over Central Texas to test out completely free of charge. Continue reading Thank You For Another Fantastic Fall Demo Days!

Farewell Warehouse, Hello Marketing!

Looking back, no one told me it would be easy.  I suppose the young naive man I was just assumed that would be the case.  Twenty pounds lighter and years matured, I reflect on that young man with a wry grin.

After graduating from college and bouncing from one job industry to the next trying to find my proverbial “path” I eventually found myself at the doorstep of the ACK Warehouse, applying for a job as an associate.  In my mind, I saw it as the chance to work with my olderwarehouse brother (who would be my boss’ boss’ boss but still) while saving money on gym costs as I carried some boats and wrapped a few packages. Continue reading Farewell Warehouse, Hello Marketing!

Bethany Wine Scholarship Fund Tournament

The weekend of July 19th I had the opportunity to fish the Bethany Wine Scholarship Fund Tournament. Bethany was a young lady that unfortunately passed away last year from a rare form of cancer. She was a well-known, and well loved, person in the kayak fishing community as well as an avid outdoors woman. This paddle celebrating Bethany also happened to be the same weekend I received my brand new Tarpon 140; I like to think  it was meant to be.

That Saturday morning I woke up to the sound of rain pouring down on my roof- not the best thing to wake up to the day of a tournament. So I got up, made breakfast, poured some coffee and decided to wait out the storm. Once I thought the worst hadOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA passed I made my way to the launch. When I arrived there was a slight NE wind and no rain so I set out for a short paddle to test the water.

I set off in my spankin’ new Tarpon and decided to start fishing. Unfortunately the fish didn’t have the same goal as I did that day! With an hour left until weigh in I decided it was time to get grinding and really go after some fish. After my first small trout I was able to hook onto a solid 27″ red and get him up next to my kayak. That little guy put up a fight! The drag was screaming and my grip was tightening until the red reached an oyster bed and was able to cut my line. Oh well!  Ten minutes later I hooked another and after a short fight he popped my line. I quickly jotted down my notes and made my way to the boat ramp for weigh in. This one was a small trout weighing about 4.36 lbs causing me to miss the leader board. Some you win and some you lose- that’s fishing for you! I told myself there’s always another tournament and packed my gear.

Although my fishing may have been less than fantastic I can not say the same about my kayak. I have been kayaking for over 10 years and I gotta say, my Tarpon is one of the best i’ve paddled. You can’t beat the seat that is on this yak- especially if you need a little extra support for your back. It tracks great, is easy to paddle, and has plenty of storage. The paddle is especially easy when I use my AT Fishstix Paddle. The only thing I would change about this paddle is the color- I’d like AT to make it in Desert Camo to match my yak! Let’s just say the gear didn’t disappoint me like the fish that day!

Overall, the Bethany Wine Scholarship Fund Tournament was a wonderful way to celebrate Bethany’s life and enjoy my new kayaking gear.

Tight lines,

Donald Drabek, ACK Wilderness Systems Ambassador

3 Steps to Kayak Fishing

Looking to try your hand at kayak fishing but don’t know where to start? With all of the gear and kayaks available we understand that it can be somewhat overwhelming. No need to fret! We have created a 3 step guide to kayak fishing that will walk you through the before, during and after of your adventure. Included is the gear you’ll need and some fun facts about the rise of kayak fishing. Once you decide what you need, check out for all your kayak fishing needs!

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