Save the Date- Fall ACK Demo Days is in Two Months!

ACK Demo Days – Fall 2014

2014 ACK Fall Demo Days

Save the date- The ACK Fall 2014 Demo Days are only two months out! As always  this FREE event will feature a gigantic selection of paddlecraft for you to check out as well as paddling & outdoor clinics from our vendors and other experts. Not to mention, we will continue to offer you some killer deals at the event!

Locations and Dates

Austin: September 13th & 14th

North Houston (Spring): September 13th & 14th

Houston: September 20th & 21st

San Marcos & San Antonio: September 20th & 21st

We will be posting more details on locations, available models, clinic schedules & more on our ACK Demo Days webpage as the event gets closer.

What To Expect at the ACK Demo Days

So now that you know about the massive selection of kayaks, canoes & paddleboards available to demo and the free paddling and outdoor clinics provided by our vendor representatives and local experts you may be wondering exactly what the ACK Demo Days looks like. Well, luckily for you we made a video of our Spring 2014 Austin Demo Days so you can check it out before September! Enjoy and be sure to check back for updates up until the event.

Save the Date – Fall ACK Demo Days Almost Here!

ACK Demo Days - Fall 2013
Hope to see you there!

ACK Demo Days – Fall 2013

Mark your calendars – The ACK Fall 2013 Demo Days are only two months out!  As always, this FREE event will feature a HUGE selection of paddlecraft for you to check out plus paddling & outdoor clinics from our vendors and other experts, and of course, some killer deals.

Dates & Locations

ACK Austin: September 14th & 15th
ACK North Houston (Spring): September 14th & 15th
ACK Houston: September 21st & 22nd
ACK San Marcos: September 21st & 22nd

We’ll be posting more information on locations, available models, clinic schedule & more on our ACK Demo Days webpage as the event gets closer.

What To Expect at the ACK Demo Days

Well, we’ve already told you about the massive selection of canoes, kayaks & paddleboards to demo, the free paddling & outdoor clinics put on by our vendor representatives and local area experts and some great prices. All that’s left to do is show you what it’s like! Check out this gallery from our 2013 Spring Demo Days in Austin and watch this video from the 2012 Spring event:

Announcing the 2013 Spring Kayak Demo Days!

It’s that time again! The 2013 Spring Demo Days are almost here and we hope you are as excited as us to experience one of the most sought after events in the paddling community.

This year, we will offer two days of full out on the water action for all three demos! Expect to see and demo a wide selection of kayaks, standup paddleboards (SUPs) and canoes. Expect raffles, lots of vendor representation and clinics all day long on a wide range of topics. We’re particularly excited about some new clinic topics this year, like Kayak Fly Fishing with Diablo Paddlesports.

Here are the dates and information but for complete details and maps, click here.

Austin, Texas:
Date: April 6 & 7 (Saturday & Sunday)
Location: Hyde Park Quarries
Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 12pm-4pm (rain or shine)

San Marcos, Texas:
Date: April 13 & 14 (Saturday & Sunday)
Location: Texas Ski Ranch
Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 12pm-4pm (rain or shine)

Houston Demo Days:
**There will be two locations this year to better serve Houston area residents!**
Date: April 13 (Saturday)
Location: Independence Park
Time: 10am-4pm (rain or shine)

Date: April 14 (Sunday)
Location: Elizabeth Kaiser Meyer Park Pond
Time: 10am-4pm (rain or shine)

As always, these events are FREE to attend! Check back in for the latest details including clinic times and topics! 

For more information, directions and maps, visit

ACK’s In-Store Seminar Series Nearing End of 1st Year!

Jerron (ACK Houston) offers his advice on BTB fishing.

It’s coming close to a year now since ACK launched its in-store seminar series. For those that live near one of our stores, hopefully you’ve had a chance to attend one by now. For those of you who are not familiar with our in-store seminars, ACK’s expert store staff has been putting on local, educational tutorials each week on topics based on customer feedback. These seminars are casual, free events conveniently scheduled on Saturday mornings.

Some examples of topics we’ve discussed in the past include Basics of Kayaking, Choosing a Paddle, Loading and Hauling a Kayak, and Outfitting a Kayak for Fishing. While some of these topics are more popular than others, our expert staff puts the same amount of effort into the event whether one person shows up or twenty. These have been particularly good opportunities for Q&A sessions.

So come down and check one out! Our next seminar is scheduled for this Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 and is titled “Places to Paddle”. Our expert staff will discuss lakes, rivers, and creeks in the Austin, San Marcos, and Houston areas that are good for recreational paddling, fishing, and everything else. You can always find an updated list of upcoming seminars for Houston, Austin and San Marcos. And don’t forget, we also offer attendees an in-store discount for attending the event. – Joseph @ACK

ACK In-Store Seminar Series Update

Back in January of 2011, we started hosting a seminar series that not only focused on paddling activities such as fishing and camping but also offered basic lessons and tips on where to go. The seminars were conducted at all three stores, typically on Sunday mornings, by both ACK staff members and invited guest speakers.

One of our favorite guest speakers, Joe Poole

We’ve had a lot of great feedback regarding these events but we’ve also learned a few things. For instance, many would be attendees requested a different day other than Sunday morning and others were hoping for a different time. This quarter, we decided to continue the series on Saturday mornings from 11am-12pm. This new schedule seems to make sense since most people are out and about shopping and running errands on Saturdays anyway. We will also host a variety of additional special events on other days and evenings.

We also obtained some feedback on seminar topics. This quarter, we introduced a few new ones including an intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding seminar in Houston, specific fish species fishing techniques in Austin, Whitewater paddling basics in San Marcos and how to rig and repair a kayak at all three stores.

To access our complete seminar and special event schedules by store, click on the following links or drop by and pick up a copy of our newsletter, ACK Paddler. The complete calendar is printed on the back page.

Austin Store:
San Marcos Store:
Houston Store:

Many of our blog readers are not from the area so if there is ever a topic you are specifically interested in and would like for us to film or write about it, please do let us know by commenting below.

Hope to see you there!

Roland @ACK

So Many Events, So Many Reports!

Here at ACK we strive to participate in as many events as possible to not only promote our brand, services and products that we sell but also to support a variety of organizations that do their part to protect our natural resources, environments and wildlife. While most of our attention was focused on demo days during the March and April months, we now turn out attention to a few other events we’ve recently participated in.

Bayou Bash in Houston, TX

Bayou Bash – Houston, Texas

Back in April, ACK Houston had the privilege of sponsoring and attending the Bayou Bash in downtown Houston. This is a fundraising event put on by the Bayou Buddies who are associated with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. The focus was to get people from the area to come down and enjoy food and drinks as well as making them aware of the unique waterway that runs through the center of Houston. We had a small booth set up down by a public boat launch with a small fleet of boats to let people jump in and experience the scenery that the Buffalo Bayou provides. The event was a success for everyone with good music, food and drinks (St. Arnolds Brewery was in attendance) for a good cause. If you are ever in Houston and would like to take a nice paddle around town, don’t overlook what the Buffalo Bayou can provide you! – Jerron, ACK Houston

Earthday Celebration in San Marcos, TX

Earthday Celebration – San Marcos, Texas

ACK San Marcos attended the Earthday Celebration at the Texas State Aquarena Center back in April. We were set up right at the headwaters of the beautiful San Marcos River along Spring Lake. It was a great setting for this event and we sure felt lucky to spend the day in this beautiful environment. This area is known for being a critical habitat to 8 listed endangered and threatened species.

The Aquarena Earth Day Celebration spotlighted a theme of “sustainability”. Texas State students have many opportunities through course work, research, and community involvement to learn about and address sustainability challenges whether they be environmental, economic, or social issues. The concept of sustainability is human interaction with the planet and the impacts this interaction has on the environment. Earthday highlighted the importance of awareness and responsibility to preserve and protect our environment. ACK is proud to have been associated with such a great event and we look forward to visiting the Aquarena Center again soon! – Doug, ACK San Marcos

ACK Display at CCA Banquet

Austin CCA Banquet – Austin, Texas

ACK Austin enjoyed a spectacular evening with over 1,200 CCA Austin Chapter members for a fundraising banquet benefiting Texas’ fragile marine resources. Congrats to the CCA Austin Texas Chapter for putting together an amazing event. The night was filled with good conversation, food and live music but most importantly a very dynamic auction raising over 150K for coastal conservation. ACK had a display of several kayaks and donated two Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120’s. One of them, together with a fishing trip, raised over $3000! ACK is a proud CCA supporter and sponsor and we look forward to next year’s banquet. – Roland, ACK HQ

Lake Travis Spring Fest – Austin, Texas
Just a quick shout out thanking all of you that visited our booth featuring Hobie kayaks at the 2011 Spring Fest Boat Show in Bee Caves, Texas. It was a great family friendly event and we enjoyed visiting with everyone. – Roland, ACK HQ

Boy Scout Troop 454 Seminar – Austin, Texas

The ACK Austin store recently hosted a seminar and meeting for Boy Scout Troop 454. We had a great time educating the young crowd on the basics of kayaking and water safety which helped them fulfill requirements towards their canoe and kayak merit badges. Good job Troop 454! – Justin, ACK San Marcos

And the show must go on! If you would like to stay informed about the events that we participate in or host, sign up for our monthly newsletter here. If you are local to any of our stores, drop by for a copy of ACK Paddler, our printed in-store newsletter featuring informative articles, how-tos, local kayak launch points and a calendar of events. These same events can also be found online here:

Austin – Click to view Austin store calendar
San Marcos – Click to view San Marcos store calendar
Houston – Click to view Houston store calendar

And one last thing…did you get to attend any of the events we mentioned above? We want to know, comment below!