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.”
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.
Every once in a while our stores are visited by expert guests who come to share their knowledge with our customers and staff. This time, we have experienced paddler and Werner Paddles Regional Sales Manager/Field Marketing Coordinator Danny Mongno coming to both our Austin and Houston locations to present his in-store Paddles and Paddling seminar.
About the Seminar: Paddles and Paddling
The sure fire way to guarantee more fun while paddling is to use less energy. The best two ways to get started are to assure you are using the proper fitting paddle and to learn how to perform strokes more efficiently. In Paddles and Paddling, join kayak instructor Danny Mongno as he starts you on this quest. Starting with the paddle, we will define low angle and high angle paddling, paddle fit options, proper lengths and prescribe the perfect fitting paddle for each individual. From there we will dissect the Forward Stroke and see how, along with matching a better fitting paddle, you can use less energy and have more fun on the water. Whether you are a fisherman, fitness paddler or quietly exploring the waters in your back yard, this seminar will talk to you.
Here are the dates and times for each seminar:
March 14th 6-8pm
ACK Houston Store
5822 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77081
March 15th 6-8pm
ACK Austin Store
9705 Burnet Rd #102, Austin, TX 78758
About the Speaker: Danny Mongno
Danny Mongno has been paddling for 22 years, starting working at a kayak shop when he was 16 and has been on the paddle sports “tour” now for 14 years. “Geez, I don’t feel that old! Luckily Werner Paddles has given me the opportunity to do what I love for a living and a day does not go by that I am not thankful or stoked to be a paddler.” It is quite the lifestyle as Danny paddles most every day spending 8 months a year on the road going from event to event.
It’s coming close to a year now since ACK launched its in-store seminar series. For those that live near one of our stores, hopefully you’ve had a chance to attend one by now. For those of you who are not familiar with our in-store seminars, ACK’s expert store staff has been putting on local, educational tutorials each week on topics based on customer feedback. These seminars are casual, free events conveniently scheduled on Saturday mornings.
Some examples of topics we’ve discussed in the past include Basics of Kayaking, Choosing a Paddle, Loading and Hauling a Kayak, and Outfitting a Kayak for Fishing. While some of these topics are more popular than others, our expert staff puts the same amount of effort into the event whether one person shows up or twenty. These have been particularly good opportunities for Q&A sessions.
So come down and check one out! Our next seminar is scheduled for this Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 and is titled “Places to Paddle”. Our expert staff will discuss lakes, rivers, and creeks in the Austin, San Marcos, and Houston areas that are good for recreational paddling, fishing, and everything else. You can always find an updated list of upcoming seminars for Houston, Austin and San Marcos. And don’t forget, we also offer attendees an in-store discount for attending the event. – Joseph @ACK
Back in January of 2011, we started hosting a seminar series that not only focused on paddling activities such as fishing and camping but also offered basic lessons and tips on where to go. The seminars were conducted at all three stores, typically on Sunday mornings, by both ACK staff members and invited guest speakers.
We’ve had a lot of great feedback regarding these events but we’ve also learned a few things. For instance, many would be attendees requested a different day other than Sunday morning and others were hoping for a different time. This quarter, we decided to continue the series on Saturday mornings from 11am-12pm. This new schedule seems to make sense since most people are out and about shopping and running errands on Saturdays anyway. We will also host a variety of additional special events on other days and evenings.
We also obtained some feedback on seminar topics. This quarter, we introduced a few new ones including an intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding seminar in Houston, specific fish species fishing techniques in Austin, Whitewater paddling basics in San Marcos and how to rig and repair a kayak at all three stores.
To access our complete seminar and special event schedules by store, click on the following links or drop by and pick up a copy of our newsletter, ACK Paddler. The complete calendar is printed on the back page.
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