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!

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!

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Austin Canoe & Kayak Holds Its 6th Annual Fall Demo Days & Outdoor Exposition

Austin, Texas – August 13th, 2013Outdoor retailer Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK), a division of MSP Holdings, LLC., announces its 6th Annual Fall Kayak Demo Days & Outdoor Exposition.  Each of ACK’s physical store locations will host its own event with Austin and North Houston (Spring) on September 14th and 15th, and Houston and San Marcos on September 21st and 22nd. In addition to providing over 90 kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards to test-paddle, this expo will also offer informative and educational clinics for attendees.

Catering to outdoor enthusiasts ranging from the seasoned angler to the novice paddler, ACK Demo Days creates a platform for anyone interested in paddlesports to ask questions, receive product guidance, try out different models and expand their knowledge about the sport. Educational clinics will be held throughout the day by knowledgeable ACK staff members and select industry manufacturers covering topics such as “How to Paddle”, “Fly Fishing from a Kayak”, “Paddling Safety” and “Basecamp Basics.”

“There is no such thing as an all-around, perfect boat so it is hard to know which will be your perfect fit.  Each has its own strengths and downfalls depending on where and how you plan to paddle,” explains ACK Marketing Director, Kelly Leff. “The key is getting it on the water so you can get a true feel for how it paddles and what your comfort level is. Demo Days gives people the convenience of doing that with a variety of makes and models all at one time.”

Come try out over 90+ kayaks at the ACK Demo Days!
Come try out over 90+ kayaks at the ACK Demo Days!

ACK’s Kayak Demo Days & Outdoor Exposition is held bi-annually in the Spring and Fall seasons. Running for its 6th consecutive year, this event is open to the general public. Additional information and maps to each location can be found at

Dates & Locations


Hyde Park Quarry

Sept. 14th & 15th

Sat. 10 – 4

Sun. 12 – 4

N. Houston (Spring)

Conroe, Texas

Sept. 14th & 15th

Sat. 10 – 4

Sun. 12 – 4


Independence Park

Sept. 21st & 22nd

Sat. 10 – 4

Sun. 12 – 4

San Marcos

Texas Ski Ranch

Sept. 21st & 22nd

Sat. 10 – 4

Sun. 12 – 4

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 and and within four physical locations in Austin, San Marcos, Spring and Houston, Texas.


For more information about Austin Canoe and Kayak, contact:

Kelly Leff
Marketing Director
Tel: 512-687-3010



2011 Fall Kayak Demo Day Recap

A Colorful Array of Kayaks

Ahh, demo days, a paddler’s dream come true. It’s not often one gets the opportunity to demo over 75 kayaks and attend a variety of outdoor educational clinics in one day and in one place. It’s no wonder we get huge crowds of eager paddlers, curious bystanders and general outdoor enthusiasts year after year. This year was no exception!

While the Houston and San Marcos demo days went on without a hitch, the Austin location event ran into a bit of a snag. We’ve always stood by our “rain or shine” philosophy but this time, we were met with a no water situation due to extreme drought conditions — something we never had to deal with before. Did that stop us? Oh no…far from it.

We tried to change locations to keep the demo on water but due to the short time frame it just wasn’t going to happen. Instead, we opted for an “off the water” demo day at our Austin store parking lot and it actually turned out to be quite a successful and well-attended event! Customers were greeted with vendors on site to answer questions, paddling and camping clinics, food and refreshments, hourly prize raffles and even a face painter for the kiddos. Missed it? Click to view photos of the Austin, Houston and San Marcos events.

We’d like to thank you, our customers, for attending these events. A lot of hard work goes into planning and hosting our demo days but experiencing the enjoyment you get from it makes it all worth it. I also want to offer a sincere thanks to all of our vendors and volunteers for helping us make this one of the most sought after paddling events in Texas.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2012 Spring Kayak Demo Days and Outdoor Expo…until then, let’s hope for some rain!

Roland @ACK