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In The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Lucy discovers the magical world of Narnia when she’s poking around in a wardrobe. After chancing upon this unknown Narnia she becomes obsessed, there is a similar mindset when it comes to kayak polo .
This past Fall Demo Days had to be one of my favorite Demos to date. As ACK’s Marketing Event Manager, the four Demo Days in Austin, San Marcos, Mississippi City and Conroe, Texas are some of the largest events of my year.
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.
In March of 2012, ACK was thriving. Stores in Austin, San Marcos and Houston were outfitting more customers than ever before and ACK.com was turning out orders at a rate far beyond expectations. Everything was going the company’s way. Until the night of March 11, 2012.
ACK was founded ten years ago on the belief that every customer should be treated like they are our only customer. This foundation extends beyond just the people that shop at ACK.com or peruse one of our stores; it is a courtesy we try and extend to every person we encounter. That is why we hold giving back so important here at ACK and have since it was purchased in 2005. Whether it’s a local paddling group or an internationally accredited cancer research fund, the people of ACK love doing what they can do help their fellow man!
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.