Chupacabra Field Test I want to offer our customers a quick review of an outstanding kayak that I paddled this year. The Chupacabra, or “Chupa” as it is commonly referred to, is a kayak I had paddled previously at our 2014 Demo Days but the true test came in early June of this year when my father and I paddled a nine mile stretch of the Medina River.
How do I know which length suits me best? If you hold the paddle straight up and down on the floor next to you the blade on the floor should be touching the ground and the top blade should be about six inches above your head from the bottom of the top blade.
Back in early 2005, when brothers Peter and Steve Messana purchased Austin Canoe & Kayak, the company totaled one small shop in North Austin. After the purchase was completed, one store employee stayed on to help Peter and Steve, and they were also helped by a part-time worker when school was out in the summer.
I recently sat down with ACK President & Co-Owner Steve Messanna to talk about the development of Austin Canoe and Kayak, his passion for the outdoors, and the path less traveled that brought him to collaborating with his brother on their biggest project yet as they prepare to celebrate ten years at ACK.
“As children observe, reflect, record, and share nature’s patterns and rhythms, they are participating in a process that promotes scientific and ecological awareness, problem solving, and creativity.” Unless you frequently participate in class five white water excursions or seek out adventures of strictly perilous domains, you’ve been able to imagine your kids joining in on your outdoor voyages.
Full Moon paddle sessions are lesser known excursions for those interested in taking their kayak experience to the next level. Historically, doing much of anything under the glow of a full moon has had mystic connotations associated to it.
What, you know, Demo Days! Whether you’re a novice or expert, Demo Days is a great event for any paddler to attend. It’s absolutely free and an opportunity to try out 80+ models, talk with representatives from top brands in the industry, and save up to 30% on select kayaks. This is our favorite event to put on every year and it’s always a ton of fun – we hope to see you out there! Demo Days is only a couple months out and we want to make sure that you mark your calendars for the event nearest to you! We make it a fun educational experience for the whole family.