Austin to Denver

Editor’s Note: We are sad to announce that Michael, a valued ACK Austin store employee, will be leaving ACK to pursue his education in Colorado with his girlfriend. In many ways, Denver reminds us of Austin as an outdoor sports mecca and we look forward to hearing about his outdoor adventures. Michael recently visited Denver and we asked that he share his experience with us. Michael will be with us for a bit longer but we’ll go ahead and say it now, thanks for everything and we wish you the best of luck!

My girlfriend and I are leaving the wonderful city of Austin for another city that is a whole lot higher, in elevation that is — Denver, Colorado. Denver has always been somewhat of a majestic place for me; being a snow sports enthusiast I dreamt of nothing but fresh powder and immaculate corduroy awaiting the top of that first lift. There are quite a few lifts within a short drive of Denver.

We are both continuing our education and are taking the opportunity to move to this outdoor sports Mecca. I recently spent 3 days in Denver scouting out campuses, leasing opportunities and getting a feel for a culture that emanates passion, love and above all, respect for the great outdoors. Austin is known for a similar culture, as can be deduced from the seemingly numberless roof rack systems found on automobiles of all shapes and sizes. Denver is the only city I have ever experienced that actually rivals, if not surpasses Austin in the number of automobiles with roof rack systems. Yakima, Thule and Malone bike carriers, kayak carriers, and snowboard/ski carriers roamed the streets awaiting use. I counted nearly 25 whitewater kayaks in one day; needless to say a sight for sore eyes for Austin folks doing the rain dance daily. This was expected but nonetheless an observation that excited me to a high degree and looking forward to it.

Michael @ACK Austin

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!!!