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

ACK San Antonio Grand Opening Details Revealed!

ACK San Antonio Coming SoonWe will be opening a fifth store in January 2014 and want to invite everyone to attend our Grand Opening Celebration!

As we get closer and closer to the opening of our fifth store, located in San Antonio, Texas, we thought it would be nice to share a few more details with you, especially if you weren’t already familiar with the big news.

Click on over to Facebook to see our new ACK San Antonio Store page and check out the event posting for more details. We will be updating the page as January draws nearer so that’s where you’ll want to look for additional information. So far, we can tell you there will be event-exclusive discounts and plenty of chances to walk away with some door prizes, so if you’ve been putting off that purchase, stop by the new store on February 3rd to see what kind of deals we’ll be offering.

The new store is located on the northwest side of San Antonio at 12758 Cimarron Path, Suite 126. It’s about 50 miles south of the ACK San Marcos store. The drive will be considerably better for outdoor enthusiasts that live in San Antonio, Boerne, Bandera and even Kerville — the same folks who were making the long trek to get to the San Marcos store.

We can’t wait to see you there!

ACK to Host Recruiting Event in San Antonio

ACK is hiring for San Antonio Store Grand Opening

San Antonio, Texas (October 8th, 2013) – ACK, a division of MSP Holdings, LLC,  is hosting a recruiting event in San Antonio! ACK is hiring store managers, assistant store managers, and part-time & full-time sales associates to staff the NEW San Antonio store opening November 2013.

“We are anxious to meet with candidates interested in employment with an award winning outdoor retailer.  It’s a great opportunity to be part of fun work environment where kayaking, camping, and fishing are part of your job. If you enjoy the great outdoors and have a passion for retail then we want to meet you. ” said Chris Hackerd, VP Store Operations.

Interested candidates should stop by the store between 9am and 7pm on October 17th, 2013 at 12758 Cimmaron Path, Suite 126, San Antonio, TX 78249. All candidates must bring a resume, fill out a job application, and be able to conduct a 10-15 minute interview. To pre-register please email jobs@ack.com with a resume and 3 time periods that you would be available to interview.

For more information on the positions available please check the listings on ACK.com: http://www.austinkayak.com/p/employment

If you have any questions regarding this recruiting event or other employment opportunities with ACK please contact, Chris Hackerd at jobs@ack.com.

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 www.AustinKayak.com and www.RackBoys.com and within five physical locations in Austin, San Marcos, Spring, Houston and San Antonio, Texas.

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

 

Our San Antonio Neighbors Get a New Paddling Trail

Saspamco paddling trail

The San Antonio River Authority in conjunction with Texas Parks and Wildlife opened Bexar County’s first paddling trail earlier this month. The Saspamco paddling trail is located south of San Antonio with it’s put in located near Elmendorf, TX and its take out at the Helton San Antonio River Nature Park. It runs for about 12 miles and depending on river conditions and paddling experience, the trip can take between two and eight hours. Since the opening, there have already been several great reactions from local groups. Unlike the urban section of the San Antonio River, the trail features natural banks and better quality water. Click here to view and print a map.

A welcome site for paddlers.

As paddling popularity continues to increase, we hope to see more and more stories like these. Designated trails provide opportunities for paddlers to enjoy well mapped and easily accessible rivers and streams for a days worth of paddling. Texas currently offers 37 different trails to paddlers, see them all here. Which ever state you might be in, we hope you have a chance to go out and enjoy trails like these!  – Joseph @ACK