Austin Canoe and Kayak Raises $2,250 For Local Outdoor Organizations Through Kayak Fishing, Looks To 2014

KATS Director Kristian Kolflat (left) and T. J. Greaney of the Kid's Outdoor Zone.
KATS Director Kristian Kolflat (left) and T. J. Greaney of the Kid’s Outdoor Zone.

Austin, Texas – Outdoor retailer, Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK), a division of MSP Holdings, LLC made donations totaling $2,250 to the Kids Outdoor Zone and Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center using money raised by their Kayak Angler Tournament Series (KATS) in 2013. In addition, a total of 24 fishing rods were donated to Brown Santa for the holidays to help children celebrate Christmas.

Over the past 8 years, KATS has grown to become Texas’ largest freshwater kayak fishing tournament series and 2013 was ACK’s second year hosting the series. The money was raised by over 115 different kayak anglers in Central Texas throughout the 2013 season (which included 6 tournaments and a final Classic Championship for the top 20 competitors).  The rods for Brown Santa were donated by KATS competitors during a recent 2014 kickoff event.

“We’re proud to support organizations like the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Brown Stana and the Kid’s Outdoor Zone, which all do a great job of inspiring youth to responsibly engage in the outdoors,” said Tournament Director Kristian Kolflat, “It’s very rewarding for all of us on the KATS Team to give back while doing something that we love, like kayak fishing.”

KATS 2014 will be kicking off on Jan. 11th with the regular season continuing through May. This year, the series will include 11 events with stops near Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the surrounding areas.

With the expansion in the series, Kolflat and the rest of the team hope to partner with more organizations across Texas and encourages representatives to contact the KATS team. Texas kayak anglers and other organizations that are interested in the event should visit www.fishkats.com for more information.

About MSP Holdings, LLC

MSP Holdings, LLC operates Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK), an award-winning paddlesports and outdoor retailer and Rack Boys a vehicle rack and sports travel outfitter dedicated to providing exceptional customer service. Both retail outfits are based out of the central Texas area, with their respective online stores at www.AustinKayak.com and www.RackBoys.com and within five physical locations in Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio, Spring and Houston, Texas.

 

Event Recap: Alamo Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet 2011

The Banquet Hall

ACK recently attended the 2011 Alamo Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet. The event was held in San Antonio where over 200 members and guests attended making it a great success. This yearly banquet is held to raise funds to help restore, conserve and manage wild turkeys and their habitats.

The Manta Ray 12 Was a Popular Bidding Item

The NWTF did a great job of organizing this event complete with good food, friendly conversations, a raffle and of course the ever-popular auction. This year, ACK contributed a camouflage Native Watercraft Manta Ray 12 Kayak outfitted with a tag along wheel, rod holders and a Wildcat Fishing Light System with custom navigational lights. The kayak ended up being a popular item in the live auction generating an excellent winning bid that went towards supporting wild turkey habitat restoration.

While there, we had the opportunity to showcase a variety of other kayaks and handed out store coupons. ACK had a great time at this event and we look forward to supporting the NWTF in future events.

Doug
ACK San Marcos