My State Record Sunfish

My State Record Sunfish and I

The day began like any of my other San Marcos River Day trips; launched just before sunrise with beautiful sunny skies and warm 85 degree weather (took place in July). I had been fly fishing for a few months prior bringing nothing but the fly; by this time I had fully converted to fly fishing and the poor bait casters were getting dusty in the garage. I normally target bass and the occasional sunfish on the fly and this day was no different.

About half way into the float I must have made a dozen fly changes and hadn’t gotten a single bite from a bass. I then decided to tie on

Macy with her bass
Macy with her bass

my tried and true Sunfish fly and do what we call in Texas, a little Perch jerking. Shortly after, I started catching all different species of sunfish such as long ear sunfish and red breast sunfish. Continue reading My State Record Sunfish

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 :)


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:

[Photos]: ACK’s 2013 San Marcos Demo Days

Another weekend full of Demo Days and another great time. Thanks to all those who joined us across Central Texas at the Austin, San Marcos, Houston and Spring Demo Days. We had a blast hanging out with some old friends and made plenty of new ones that will hopefully last for years to come. We hope you had fun and enjoy the photos!

-Trent @ ACK

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

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.




Event Recap: 2012 Kayak Polo National Championships

This year the city of San Marcos, Texas was proud to host the 2012 Kayak Polo National Championships at Rio Vista Park.  The Austin Aquabats put the event on and they dominated the competition as well. They placed 1st in division A and B, beating out teams from all over the United States including the San Francisco Pelicans and the New York Hammerheads. I attended the event and thought it was very cool to see the park I have been going to for years transformed with floating docks and goal posts with nets into an arena of sorts. The games were fast paced, intense, and very entertaining as a spectator. All of the people were very friendly and the atmosphere was great. It will be very interesting to see where this sport goes in the coming years as more people become aware of the sport! Enjoy the pictures!

Andy @ACK San Marcos

Paddles and Paddling Seminar Recap

Danny doing his thing

Kristian Kolflat, Assistant Austin Store Manager, and Andrew Moczygemba, Store Manager in the Houston Store, report on the recent Paddles and Paddling guest seminar.

Danny Mongno of Werner paddles visited our Houston and Austin stores last week and shared his 22 years of paddling expertise in a special seminar titled “Paddles and Paddling”.  He discussed paddling technique, fit and even had a chance to work one on one with individuals to improve their stroke.

Andrew cites the event as being highly anticipated and well received. For those that haven’t heard, our Houston location recently suffered fire damage and was forced to close for a short period. Despite this, Danny was still able to visit and had about 15 people in attendance.  “People kept calling during the week to make sure that the fire would not stop us from having the seminar,” said Andrew, “And luckily we were still able to – it was a great event.”

Seminar goers listening in

There were a number of helpful tips that attendees were able take away from the event. Kristian lists a few:

  • Use bent shaft paddles when you have existing pain in your wrists or paddle long distances and want something more ergonomically fitting, or are prone to joint pain.
  • The more light-weight the better. Best way to get a feel for how light it is to hold it out in front of you, horizontal to the ground, with one hand in the middle and your arm about shoulder height. Swirl the paddle with your wrist and hold it there for a few minutes. This will give you an idea of how heavy it will be to use all day long.
  • Most individuals should be using low angle paddles. Big bladed and high angle paddles should be used when paddling in heavy wind, current or when aggressive paddling is in the forecast.
  • Make sure to use the proper size paddle for your body height and boat width. Also, make sure you use the proper paddling techniques.

Of course, Danny spoke in much more depth and offered individual help to event goers. Thanks to everyone in attendance and we look forward to putting on more seminars like this in the months to come! To stay up to date on the latest events including our Demo Days and visit Austin, Houston and San Marcos store event pages.

Joseph @ACK