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.

Thanks For Another Great Kayak Demo Days!

Kayak Demo DaysOur 2014 Spring Kayak Demo Days took place earlier this month and as usual we all had a blast putting them on. This bi-annual event is a company wide favorite to host each year because of the opportunity it gives us to interact with customers and manufacturer representatives plus do a little paddling of our own.

For those not familiar with our Kayak Demo Days, we have been putting them on since 2006 and every year they seem to get a little bigger. Manufacturer representatives from all over the country come together along with their line-up of kayaks, paddle-boards, camping gear, and other accessories. Then, we tack on gear and kayaks of our own and paddlers from all over Central Texas have the opportunity to try it all out free of charge. Not only that, but our expert staff put on a series of educational outdoor clinics on a wide variety topics which have become very popular.

This year, we hosted a total of four events across Central Texas over two weekends and had a huge range of new models to try out as well as our biggest line-up of educational clinics to date. Despite some rain both weekends, we had a great time meeting paddlers from all across the state and helping them to find the best model for their needs.

Kayak Demo Days

 Especially given the weather, we wanted to give a big thank you to everyone who joined us. It wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun without you…we’ll see you for the next round come fall :)

 

2014 ACK Winter Boat Show Season

At the 2013 Austin Boat Show.
At the 2013 Austin Boat Show.

The holidays are over, but the fun is just beginning. That’s right, it’s nearly time for the 2014 Winter Boat Shows! Each year we join these Houston, Austin and San Antonio based events with our huge assortment of kayaks. For the most part the shows revolve around powerboats but we at ACK have taken it upon ourselves to remind event goers that you don’t have to break the bank just to have fun on the water. Our booth always offers an amazing display of kayaks to see, touch and learn about from our expert staff as well as the manufacturer representatives themselves who will also be on hand. This year we’ll also have a nice selection of paddle boards as well!

Below you can find the full 2013 Winter Boat Show Schedule. We hope to see you there and just like last year we’ll have some great offers!

Houston Boat Show: Jan. 3rd – 12th at the Reliant Center
Info: http://houstonboatshows.com

Austin Boat Show: Jan. 16th – 19th at the Austin Convention Center
Info: http://www.austinboatshow.com

San Antonio Boat Show: Jan. 23rd – 26th at the Alamodome
Info: http://www.sanantonioboatshow.com

Big Savings for Paddlers at ACK

Zydeco Bend
Grab a new (to you!) kayak and hit the water!

Save at Your Local ACK Store

Our stores are full of savings for paddlers with plenty of ways score a good deal on a kayak, canoe or SUP and the best place to start is the Used Kayaks section on our website which shows you everything you can find at our various store locations. Do those price tags excite you? I thought they might…but that’s not all, oh no! On top of big savings off of the regular price, our stores offer a $50 store credit* towards accessories with the purchase of a used, blemished or clearance kayak.

But wait, there’s more! If you’re on the fence about a specific model, we always have our rental reimbursement program to help  you make your decision. Our rental fleet is full of models that you can try out with 24 hour rentals and the freedom to take the kayak anywhere you want at reasonable prices. If you’re thinking about one that’s not in the fleet, we’ll do our best to accommodate you needs. And if you decide to buy a used or new kayak, we’ll reimburse your first 24 hour rental fee!

Online Savings for Paddlers not in Texas

Sorry out of state customers, due to the nature of used kayaks we do not sell them online, but we do sell a large number of clearance, discontinued or blemished models in the ACK Outlet! Save up to 30% on an ACK Outlet kayak and score our ongoing deals like FREE kayak shipping to your door* and 15% off* accessories with purchase. Not bad, right?

So what are you waiting for? These kayaks won’t be here forever, jump on this opportunity before it’s too late!

Here’s the fine print:

*Free shipping offer excludes Hobie kayaks and accessories. $50 Store Credit offer only applies to in-store purchases. $50 Store Credit offer and 15% Off All Items offer excludes Hobie kayaks and accessories, Thule and Yakima products as well as all kayaks, canoes, standup paddleboards and other boats, trailers, electronics, gift certificates, lessons, trips, events, any closeout or specially priced products.  All offers exclude prior purchases and cannot be combined with other offers. Free shipping excludes all items of hazardous materials. HI, AK and international orders are never eligible for free shipping.

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 http://www.austinkayak.com/demo

Peep Show

Been having a blast at all of the Texas Boat Shows and just wanted to give you a peep at our booth for each one. Our stores work overtime to man both the shows and their respective locations, and always have a blast in the end seeing old faces and meeting new ones. We’ve had a great turnout this year and appreciate everyone who’s visited us so far. Hope to see you in San Antonio where you can find all of our Hobie boats along with several other brands.

 

 

 

ACK Spring & Houston Visit the Paddling Anglers in Canoes & Kayaks of Texas

Several nights ago, Brock, ACK Assistant Store Manager, and I were invited to PACK’s annual gathering at Saint Arnold’s Brewery.  PACK (Paddling Anglers in Canoes and Kayaks) is a large organization here in Houston that consists of paddling enthusiasts and also sponsors events and trips.

Unfortunately that night, anything that could go wrong almost did go wrong. Brock and I were both closing our respected stores and we weren’t able to leave until 7:30, the event was from 6 pm to 9 pm.  So we didn’t arrive until a little after 8 PM. Brock ended up getting there before I did because I got caught by a train that stopped on the train tracks with the brewery was just beyond the train tracks. Brock was laughing because he could see me not a few hundred feet away behind the train. I took another route to get there and needless to say, we were incredibly late. All that aside, this was a great opportunity to introduce myself to new and familiar faces. A number of the members are regular shoppers at ACK and recognized me but it was my first opportunity to introduce myself as the new Assistant Manager. I also had the opportunity to introduce Brock as the Assistant Manager for our new Spring store and answer any questions PACK members had.

Luckily for us, we brought door prizes for PACK and they forgave our tardiness. They even offered pizza and beer. That made it even better because not only was I looking forward to the meet and greet, but St. Arnolds is my favorite local brewery.

Always an enjoyable event. For more information about PACK, check out www.packtx.org

Dave @ACK Houston

 

Set Sail for the 2013 Winter Boat Shows

The holidays are over, but for many that means it’s soon to be the best time of the year. That’s right, it’s nearly time for the 2013 Winter Boat Shows! Each year several Texas cities host these events and display the widest variety of boats on the market. For the most part the shows revolve around powerboats but we at ACK have taken it upon ourselves to remind event goers that you don’t have to break the bank just to have fun on the water. Our booth always offers an amazing display of kayaks to see, touch and learn about from our expert staff as well as the manufacturer representatives themselves who will also be on hand.

Below you can find the full 2013 Winter Boat Show Schedule. We hope to see you there and just like last year we’ll have some great offers!

Houston Boat Show: Jan. 4th – 13th at the Reliant Center
Info: http://houstonboatshows.com

Austin Boat Show: Jan. 17th – 20th at the Austin Convention Center
Info: http://www.austinboatshow.com

San Antonio Boat Show: Jan. 24th – 27th at the Alamodome
Info: http://www.sanantonioboatshow.com

 

Used Kayak vs. Used Car

Shopping for a used car has shown me how much more enjoyable it is to shop for a used kayak. For starters, less maintenance issues! A kayak either floats or it doesn’t…and even if it doesn’t then chances are, it’s just a simple crack or a hole that needs to be repaired. A car on the other hand is a completely different story! There are countless things to look at and question when wondering, “Will it run?” It is so much easier and more likely to find a “top of the line” kayak versus even a “decent” car! Aren’t we gals supposed to enjoy looking at cars and car shopping?!  Browsing is fun, I can deal with that…but when it comes down to purchasing, that is way too stressful for this girl. :)

Here are a few pointers and tips when you’re shopping for that perfectly used kayak:

  • Inspect all carry handles especially those with straps.
  • Make sure all other “soft” accessories are in good shape including the seat and seat straps, bungees, rubber hatches and hatch seals.
  • Make sure that your boat doesn’t have any missing or rusted hardware.
  • Most importantly, check the bottom of the hull to make sure there are no holes, deep gouges or thinning areas of plastic that may eventually lead to leaking

The good news is that even if you find accessories that don’t meet any of the above we can easily replace most items in any of our stores or online at ACK.com. And, if you find a leak but really like the kayak, we can fix that too!

Amanda @ACK Houston