10 Reasons To Go Paddling

At ACK we love paddling for a number of reasons- but we don’t want to focus on why we are obsessed!

We took to our Facebook page and asked all of our customers what makes them want  to go out

Werner SUP Paddles
Werner SUP Paddles

paddling and got some great answers. Y’all answered with everything from waking up to getting excited about the weather hitting 55 – so we thought we’d share a few with you.

Here are some of our favorites:

  1. A bad week at work! Plus a beautiful sunny day!

  2. A good 6 inch rain

  3. When I’m out on the water all of the BS in life disappears for a while

  4. Rain, snow, sleet, hail and even sun makes me want to go paddling

  5. Work!

  6. Good weather and good friends

  7. Owning my first kayak I bought at demo day

  8. Just being out there. Fishing is fun but the joy of paddling makes it special

    Sunset Paddle
    Post-Work Paddle
  9. It’s such a peaceful and relaxing time that I get to share with my husband/wife and no other distractions

  10. Fishing!

  11. The “itch”

Of course we cant forget about some of the smart answers y’all sent in like “I don’t need no stinkin’ reason!” and “Why would you need a reason?!”

We have to give it to them though- a paddler never needs a reason to get out on the water.

Learning to Fish the Hard Way!

Brad and Grandpa Fishing

The Early Years

I have found that most people who enjoy the outdoors as adults were exposed to the joys of nature at an early age through a grandparent, uncle or parent. I however, was lucky enough to experience it with all three. I grew up hunting and fishing and enjoyed it all the way until I turned into a baseball obsessed teenager. After I discovered baseball, nature took a backseat. I had found a new passion and let that take over all of my time.

After high school I went to a college in East Texas (Go Kats!) that happened to be near a great state park and a wonderful lake. I spent many a class periods in the woods and along the shores of Lake Raven redeveloping my love of the outdoors. Unfortunately for me, not many of my fishing lessons from my childhood held over.

Back At It 

Brad Fishing @5

I quickly realized that I wanted to get back into fishing so with a credit card and a dream I made my way to a nearby big box store. While shopping I called on my past experiences with two of my grandfathers – Grandpa River (a fisherman) and Grandpa Tractor (a farmer). I fondly remember fighting reds and speckled trout with my Grandpa River, my mom’s father, and his advice when it came to line. “Hardheads will eat your line if you let them” he always said as I clung to a long rod with a heavy line attached to even heavier sinkers. “Big bait gets the big fish” was another favorite of his and everyone knows that a child will always want the biggest! So with these memories in mind, I headed down the fishing aisle of the store and purchased some familiar look fishing gear. I made my purchases and walked out carrying a brand new long, heavy and strong fishing pole, thick as steel line, and some mean looking hooks. I also grabbed some heavy sinkers, bobbers, and other “essential” fishing items. “Yep.” I thought walking out, “Grandpa River would be proud!”

After my successful trip to get my gear I headed out to the lake where my buddy and I planned to go out fishing. When I pulled up my buddy gave me a funny look and laughingly asked if i planned on catching a gator. I asked in confusion, “No, why? Are there gators near by?” I found it both funny and odd that he was laughing at me but continued to unload my gear regardless. I finished unloading after about fifteen minutes- within that time my buddy had landed two bass and a cat! I then began to fix up my rig while he laughed again at my expense as I fumbled around with my new toys.

After a few more minutes of rigging I was finally able to get my bait- worms! – in the water. I remembered that I was fishing fresh water and that dead shrimp was not the best choice for the lake- well that and the store didn’t have any. As I waited for my bobber to sink I glanced over at my buddy’s pole and gear as well as another fellow’s gear who was fishing nearby and noticed that their poles were much smaller than mine. I began to wonder why when I felt a tug on my line- not much but it was something! I jerked the rod back causing me to lose the fish. “Oh well.” I thought to myself as I re-baited and got back in the water. This time I decided to keep the bait closer to the dock and use a giant worm wrapped around my hook. I was not going to miss this time!

I slowly reeled the worm in towards the dock and let it sit almost right about against it and then WHAM! My line took off. I tightened down the line and gave it a good strong pull back and before I knew it I was yelling DUCK! That fish took off like a rocket- flying out of the water faster than you could snap your fingers. My buddy once again, could not stop laughing.

You see, what I didn’t realize was that I was drawing on memories of fishing with my Grandpa River on the Texas Coast – not a shoreline dock in East Texas lake! I had always gone saltwater fishing with heavy rods and reels made for salt and offshore fishing; hence my earlier purchases. Needless to say, my 7 ft heavy action spin reel, much like a broomstick for offshore fishing, and 60lb mono line, which might as well have been rope, was a bit overkill for catching bass and cats off a dock. That cat took my bait in what was probably about 3 feet of water and had no idea what was in store for it.

Passion Rekindled

Brad with fish

After having a good laugh with my buddy over my flying cat, I decided then and there that I needed to consider some fishing lessons and reconsider my choice in gear. I quickly realized my buddy wouldn’t be able to stop laughing long enough to re-teach me how to fish but thankfully the gentleman on the other end of the dock was more than willing to share his fishing tips and knowledge. After a short conversation with him even my laughing buddy was was taking notes. After he gave me an hour long lesson, my passion for fishing was rekindled and I had a good idea of the new gear I needed to go purchase. I had a plan and I was going to dive head first in! Before that however, I was in need of a road trip- to the coast.

Author: Brad Martin, ACK Employee

 

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 :)

 

How to Choose the Perfect Whitewater or Touring Kayak Paddle

by Danny Mongno, Werner Paddles Marketing Manager

Werner Kayak PaddlesSelecting the perfect kayak paddle is probably the most important decision you will make as a boater. That’s because the paddle is your engine, your tool to transfer energy to the water. Choosing the proper blade shape will allow you to perform at the highest level for your style of boating, and understanding how to get the perfect fit will allow you to be more comfortable, use less energy and spend more time on the water. Although it is such an important decision, it does not have to be hard.

First of all, for either whitewater or touring paddles there are some common choices that you’ll need to make. Let’s go over them now:

Shaft options
The benefits of a straight shaft kayak paddle is that it has a familiar feel; most of us have used a straight shaft at some time and it’s what we are used to. Other benefits are lighter weight and less of an investment. If good technique is used and a paddler can hold on loosely to the paddle, focusing on grasping the shaft with the “O-Kay” symbol all day, pain-free paddling can be obtained.

Whitewater Kayak PaddleFor those who have developed some aches and pains in their hands and wrists, and for those who generally hold on too tightly to their paddle (and let’s face it, we all do when we get nervous), a neutral bent shaft kayak paddle becomes an insurance policy for your body. By always keeping the wrists in an ergonomically correct straight alignment, less pressure is put on the small tendons and ligaments of the wrist and pain is avoided. Although more of an investment, it can make all the difference for spending more time on the water. The concept of neutral bent allows for a smooth transition from your old kayak paddle, as your hand position is familiar and exactly the same as it was on your straight shaft.  The only thing that changes is that your wrists remain straight while paddling.

Shaft diameter and blade size
Both of these options are really common sense and easily determined by your body size. Folks with smaller hands and smaller bodies, should look towards the smaller diameter shaft for a more relaxed grip and a small or medium blade surface area to put less stress and strain on the body. Larger boaters, generally with larger hands, prefer the standard diameter shaft and a medium to full sized blade area, depending on their fitness level.  Remember, a kayak paddle with a bigger blade is not always going to make us more powerful, especially if we are just working too hard to move that extra size through the water. If your hand is larger than 7 inches from the base of your palm to your fingertip, you will want the standard shaft. If the length is smaller than 6.5 inches, you should use the small diameter shaft. In between, you can go either way.

Spend as much as you can afford on your kayak paddle material
Touring Kayak PaddleAs I said early on, the paddle is your engine. You will use less energy on the water, run more drops, surf more waves, paddle further and perform better if you are less tired. A paddle that is lighter to move through the stroke path, referred to as the paddle’s “swing weight,” will allow you to feel fresher as the miles and hours wear on. A kayak paddle with a stiffer material will flex less, causing less water to “escape” from the blade face and for you to use less energy in your stroke to create more motion.

Kayak paddles with higher end materials like Performance Core provide more buoyancy in the blades, which helps you brace with more confidence and roll more easily, even in the most aerated water. Sure, paddles wear over time, but so does your boat, your automobile or mountain bike tires, your tools. However, think of the performance advantages you are getting while on the water. Is your paddling enjoyment worth the investment? Well, I think that sums up how to decide what to spend…how much do you value your time on the water; how far do you want to stretch your skills?

Now, let’s take a few simple steps toward fitting you with the perfect whitewater or touring kayak paddle:

Choosing a Whitewater Kayak Paddle:

Choose the shape of your blade  based on the style of paddling you are doing.

river running kayak paddle1. River running or creek boating:

As we paddle downstream we are faced with many features: holes, waves, eddies, ledges both small and large (i.e. waterfalls). To navigate your way through these obstacles your forward stroke will be far and away the most valuable tool. A river running kayak paddle will have a larger portion of the blade shape at the upper tip, or a focus above the center line of the kayak paddle. This oversized tip allows paddlers to reach the water sooner and get instant bite at the most important part of the forward stroke, the catch. For those paddlers looking  primarily to run rivers or steeper creeks, this is your best choice.

play boating kayak paddle2. Play boating:

As the sport of whitewater kayaking has grown over the years the ways we “play” the river has expanded. For some the feeling of front surfing a glassy wave is what provides that all-day smile while others need to notify the local air traffic controller before they start their aerial assault on the river. No matter what your idea of play boating is, the proper shaped blade will help your performance. By down turning or “drooping” a play boat blade shape, with more focus of the blade surface area below the center line, the kayak paddle will engage the water sooner, allowing paddlers to perform play boat control stokes with greater ease.

3. What if you can’t decide?

If just getting to the river and enjoying your time on the water with your family and friends is your ultimate goal, with no set agenda, we say play the percentages.  What do see yourself doing the most out there? Then buy the blade that works best for that application. Remember, the proper blade shape is going to offer you maximum performance in your discipline, but that is not to say you can’t “cross train”.

Length options

Now that you have the proper blade shape for your paddling style, let’s be sure you have the perfect fit. The perfect fitting kayak paddle will assure comfort and better paddling efficiency.

1. River running kayak paddles will always be longer, again due to the importance of the “catch”. The catch is where the blade first enters the water, where you have the most energy in your stroke. So if your paddle has some extra length you will have more “catch length” and take fewer, more powerful strokes. Generally speaking, short people use 194 cm, medium people 197 cm, tall 200 cm.

2. Play boating kayak paddles tend to be shorter, as you will need to perform more dynamic paddle strokes when performing play boat maneuvers. You will also need to take much faster, higher cadence strokes as you attain upstream to catch waves or drop into holes. For a general rule of thumb, short people should look to a 191 cm, medium at 194 cm and those long folks 197 cm.

Choosing a Touring Kayak Paddle:

Angled Paddling

Choose the shape of your blade based on the style of paddling you are doing.

low angle kayak paddle1. Low angle = “more options”:

Most people enjoy the low angle style of paddling. Low angle paddles have longer and narrower blades designed to pull through each stroke with the right amount of surface area for good power while maintaining a smooth forward stroke. The low angle stroke puts your hands at about shoulder height, is more relaxed and puts significantly less pressure on your upper body, arms and shoulders.

high angle kayak paddle2. High angle = “more commitment to technique but far better tracking”:

This is typically a more aggressive style of paddling with a faster cadence and a larger variety of strokes being used on each paddle outing. By focusing on keeping your top hand about forehead height as you take your stroke you will notice the blade travels closer to the kayak. With the blade traveling in this path your boat will track significantly better and go straighter. Werner’s wider, shorter blade shape puts more surface area of the blade into the water in this position. This does place more emphasis on proper torso rotation since more pressure can be put on your shoulders in this higher angle paddling style. The commitment is worth it though for those looking to take their paddling to a higher performance level in longer, sleeker, light touring and touring kayaks.

3. What if you can’t decide?

What do see yourself doing the most out there?  Look at the boat you’re paddling and your goals in the sport and then buy the blade that works best for that application. Remember, the proper blade shape is going to offer you maximum performance in your discipline.

Length Options

Now that you have the proper blade shape for your paddling style, let’s be sure you have the perfect fit. The perfect fitting paddle will assure comfort and paddling efficiency.

1. Low angle kayak paddle

Here are some easy to follow rules:

  • 6 ft or under, use 220 cm.
  • 6’1″ and over, use 230 cm.
  • If you kayak is over 28″ wide, add 10 cm to the length of the paddle, after you choose based on your height.

2. High angle kayak paddle

Here are some easy to follow rules:

  • 6 ft and under, use 210 cm.
  • 6’1″ and over, use 215 cm.
  • Kayak width general does not come into play since most high-angle paddlers are in more narrow light touring and touring kayaks.

If you have questions about boating styles or kayak paddle choices, give the folks at ACK a call, 888-828-3828, or email at customer@austinkayak.com.

Happy paddling!

 

Viking Kayak Comes to ACK

As many of you have seen/heard, we will now be adding Viking Kayak to our lineup. These boats are imported from over in New Zealand and we’re very excited to be the first US retailer to offer them.

Three Viking Kayak Profish Reloads ready to launch!
Three Viking Kayak Profish Reloads ready to launch!

We plan on carrying 2 of the Viking Kayak models: the Profish Reload and the Profish 400 with 2 color choices per model. The Reload will come in a Yellow/Black combination called Yellow Mist as well as a Gray/Black combination called Shades of Gray. The Profish 400 on the other hand will come in Green/Black called Lime Mist and also Orange/Black called Sunrise Mist.

Viking Kayak Profish Reload
Rigged Viking Kayak Profish 400

The Profish Reload measures a hair over 14.5 feet, is 29.5″ wide and weighs in a 63 pounds. This kayak is ideal for tackling large bodies of water, but drafts shallow enough to handle the flats with ease. The center console, called the Tackle Pod, comes with the boat and provides an enclosed area for on-board tackle management. The pod also allows for the easy mounting of a fish finder. A recess on the bottom of the pod provides a safe tucked away location for the transducer to ride up in too. A replacement center console can be purchased to replace the Tackle Pod, and it provides a flat deck space with an included child seating area.

The Profish 400 measures just under 13.5 feet, is 31″ wide and weighs in 53 pounds. Unlike the Reload, the 400 has a molded in well in the center of the boat that can be used for gear storage or even as a live bait well. Due to its wider stance, the 400 is relatively easy to stand in and provides a great sight casting platform.

The Viking Kayak Chill Pod
The Viking Kayak Chill Pod

We will also be selling various Viking Kayak accessories that go with the new boats. The Chill Pod is a very easy to open ice box for kayak anglers looking to keep their catch cold. Both the 400 and the Reload’s rear tankwell will accept this cool product. A rudder kit is available for either boat, but it is a little different than what we are used to here in the US. This particular rudder does not extend down past the bottom of the boat, but in no way does that detract from its performance. These boats will turn very quickly due to the surface area of the rudder blade. Other accessories we will carry will be a Viking branded hatch bucket with screw on lid, additional flush mount rod holders, and a clear center pod lid for the Profish 400.

We are very excited to have Viking on board and hope you are too! These are now available for pre-order and will actually start shipping near the end of April. Let us know what you think by commenting below.

Native Ultimate FX Has Landed at ACK!

Native Ultimate FX 15
A solo lime green 15.

Native’s long awaited update to their highly popular hybrid canoe/kayak Ultimate series has landed at the ACK warehouse and for my unwrapping I couldn’t resist going with a St. Patty’s Day Green.

So what’s new on the Native Ultimate FX? A whole lot. I opened up Ultimate FX 15 Solo, but it also comes in a 15 Tandem and a 12 Solo.

The first thing I notice is that it is covered in Native’s Groove Track system. They’ve dotted the Solo FX 15 with a total of 10 tracks, 3 strips along  each side of the hull, one just in front of the seat, two either side of the molded in thwart, and a single 5″ strip on the bow. There’s a good chance you’ll never have to hard mount anything to this kayak.

After counting up the tracks, I start playing with their new high/low seat. The seating system isn’t new per se, as we’ve seen it in models like the Slayer, but it is a new feature for the Ultimate. The 15 is meant to be paddled either solo or tandem and what’s neat is that they came up with a way for the high/low seat slide to different positions to accommodate this, just like in the old 14.5 Ultimate.

If you’re into kayak fishing, camping, or photography, I’d definitely give the Native Ultimate FX Series a look. With the pronounced hump in the middle of the kayak, I imagine it will be even easier to stand in the FX than the old Ultimate model, and it’s got plenty of storage area to hold your gear.

See it for yourself:

You can place your orders for the FX 12, 15 Solo or 15 Tandem here. Let me know what you think of the new FX series by commenting below!

Fitting Railblaza To The Old Town Predator 13 & Ocean Kayak Big Game II Mounting Plates

From the Railblaza Team

Railblaza sponsored UK angler Ian Pickering (Ocean Kayak UK Fishing Team) has been putting his thinking cap on and applying a little DIY to make use of his Railblaza accessories on the Old Town Predator 13 fishing kayak. The Predator 13 comes with mount plates fitted to the gunnels, which allow the mounting of accessories without the drilling of holes into the kayak. Ian has used these plates to recess mount the Railblaza StarPort. Here’s what he had to say:

The mounting plates fitted to the Old Town Predator and Ocean Kayak Big Game II are a fantastic idea. No holes to be drilled in the kayak and you can change your mind as often as you like without worry. I’ve started off by fitting a star port to the left hand forward plate. If I change my mind I could rotate the plate 180 degrees to move it further forward or even swap it with another position.Very versatile.

You Saw What?! 10 Interesting On The Water Finds

Canoe Relaxation

We asked our Facebook fans, “What’s the strangest thing you’ve found while out on the water?” As you might imagine, there were some interesting responses. Here were 10 of our favorites on the water finds:

1. A canoe which had been lost in a tornado and floated 30 miles down river. (It was returned to the rightful owner) — Found by James H.

2.  A baby deer! It had fallen off an island in a large lake we were paddling. Several live on it and swim across to forage. It must have been born on the island. It’s mom got our attention by grunting at us and kind of lead us to it while we paddled – until we heard it cry. It was probably a few days old. We aren’t sure how long it had been paddling. Hubby got out – (water was only a few feet deep at the shore) picked it up with one hand and put it on the land. It curled up and fell asleep immediately. We’ve seen it since – growing and doing well. — Found by Jan G.

3. Chupacabra — Found by Gabe G.

4. I found an old Nazi belt buckle while fly fishing in Germany. Also a bowling ball in the same stream! — Found by Kevin I.

5. Bongos, oh yeah and a tongue in a jar! — Found by owners of Diablo Paddlesports

6. I was on a date after a big rain and there was a long-stemmed rose floating in the debris. Too bad my date couldn’t take credit! — Found by Stacey B.

7. Myself — Found by Dave E.

8. A waterproof Digital camera that I still use today.  — Found by John N.

9. 5 baby alligators — Found by Bob M.

10. Brand new Bending Branches paddle. No 1 claimed it. — Found by Rodney M. (he’s a lucky guy!)

So what have you found out on the water during your paddles? Let us know by commenting below! The entire collection of responses can be found here.

10 Crazy Questions About Your Outdoor Pastime

Sitka, AK

We asked our Facebook fans, “What’s the craziest thing people ask you about your outdoor hobby?” The answers were incredible! Here’s 10 of our favorites:

1. Where do you pee? — Asked to Tim C.

2. You go out into the ocean in THAT?! — Asked to Christopher H.

3. Don’t you have enough kayaks? — Asked to Kenneth W.

4. What if a shark tips you over? — Asked to Don W.

5. You kayak in the winter? — Asked to Martha B.

6. Aren’t you afraid of tipping over? — Asked to Diana J.

7. You have sonar on that thing? — Asked to Allen M.

8. How does it float with holes in it? — Asked to Howard P.

9. What do you do once you hook a fish? — Asked to David T.

10. What happens if it sinks? — Asked to Brent D.

So have you ever been asked any of these things? Have your own crazy question to add? Let us know by commenting below!

The entire collection of questions can be found here.

New Kayak Models for 2014

Every winter, manufacturers begin releasing new products for the new year in time for spring and every year the selection at ACK.com gets a little bigger.

In 2014, we added quite a few new models for kayak fishing like the Striker, Big Game II, Lure, Slayer Propel and Ride 115X. Ya, that’s a lot! But it wasn’t all fishing kayaks that were released for 2014, and we’ve got some other exciting models slated to land near the end of the month. Here’s more of what’s new for 2014!

Advanced Elements PackLite

Pack it up, and pack it up small with Advanced Element’s newest inflatable kayak, the PackLite. This ultra-light kayak weighs less than 4 lbs  and packs down to an unbelievable 11″ x 11″ x 5″. It’s not going to be the highest performing inflatable kayak around but it doesn’t have a price tag that you’d expect for one either. At just $299.99, the PackLite is a great option for paddlers looking to take on a remote lake or stream or for those who have limited storage space in their travel bag or at home.

PackLite

Perception Sport Striker

Perception Sport has done it again with this new entry level model designed for the kayak angler at a great price. The Striker has a simple design and, thanks to its Tri-Hull design, is quick, stable and has a weight capacity of 500 lbs.  One notable feature its its two tiered seating area so paddlers can choose between a high vantage point or low paddling position. For anglers looking to get started kayak fishing, the Striker is a great place to look.

Perception Sport Striker

Ocean Kayak Big Game II

Ocean Kayak updated the Big Game kayak for 2014 with a slew of new features geared toward kayak fishing. They’ve integrated a number of features found in the Predator (from their sister company Old Town) including the high/low Element Seating System and mounting brackets. As you might’ve guessed by it’s name, or even just by looking at it, this is a ‘yak that’s stable as all get out and meant to hold your gear. As much as you can pile on. Kayak anglers who value comfort and stability should give the Big Game II a look.

Ocean Kayak Big Game II

Feelfree Lure

The latest kayak fishing model to land at ACK comes from Feelfree and is called the Lure. This thing is made for fishing, especially if you like standing and casting. Like many of today’s fishing models, the Lure comes equipped with an adjustable seating system, called the Gravity Seat. Its also got a padded standing platform with a standing assist strap and a cool ridged rod keeper area near the bow to make it easy to lay down your rods while you paddle. Definitely one to look into for anglers who prefer the fly.

Feelfree Lure

Native Watercraft Slayer 13 Propel

Earlier this year, Native combined their very popular Slayer kayak with their Propel Drive and the Slayer 13 Propel was born. This has quickly become one of the most popular pedal-powered fishing kayaks around. It’s stable, quick on the water with the drive and even with a paddle, turns easy with the rudder system and it’s First Class seating system makes it very comfortable. Give it a look!

 

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel

Wilderness Systems Ride 115X

This year, Wilderness Systems updated their popular Ride 115 to make it more kayak fishing friendly. One of the major features of the Ride 115X is the new removable console which revels a large pass through the hull with a battery storage area that allows for quick and easy installation of a transducer, battery and head unit. Wildy has done a great job tweaking this model with small changes only an angler would notice, like the addition of scuppers in the standing area and increased bulkhead width.

Wilderness Systems Ride 115X

Wilderness Systems Focus

Wilderness Systems’ completely new model for 2014 is the Focus.  Intended to blend the stability and predictability of the Tsunami with the speed and efficiency of the Tempest, the Focus caters to the more assertive intermediate level paddler that’s looking to take their paddling to the next level. The Focus comes sized at either 14.5 feet or 15.5 feet and has an optional rudder kit.

Wilderness Systems Focus

Coming Soon

While there are sure to be many more models in 2014, we already have four on our radar slated to arrive in the next couple months. Stay tuned for more details on each!

Native Watercraft Ultimate FX Series – Arriving March

The Ultimate FX is loaded with features for the kayak angler like Native’s High/Low seating system, newly improved standing areas, built in anchor trolley’s and much more. We’ll be covering this series in greater depth when they arrive later this month.

Pyranha Nano – Arriving April

The Nano is a short river running boat that’s super maneuverable and compact.  It’s a great balance of a play, creek and down river whitewater kayak that will push advanced paddlers to explore parts of the river that a bigger boat can’t reach.

Pyranha Fusion Sit On Top – Arriving April

The brand new Fusion SOT will open river paddling to a whole new group of people. With this crossover whitewater / recreational kayak, just about anyone can jump in and have a blast right away.

Pyranha Burn III – Arriving April

Used by intermediate and world class whitewater paddlers alike, the Burn III is finally making it’s ACK debut later this month. This is the benchmark in precision river running and creek kayaking for 2014.

So which model are you most excited about? Let us know by commenting below!