ACK Now on Instagram

Check Out ACK on Instagram!

ACK is starting off the new year with a newly minted Instagram account! With all of our fun kayaking events, plus our entertaining behind-the-scenes shenanigans, we needed a good way to show off our photos. Give us a follow, @Austin_Kayak.

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Tag your paddling/fishing/outdoors related photos with #ACK, or #austinkayak and we will show off some of your best shots on our feed! Also, keep an eye out for some photo contests in the coming months — we’ve got lots of cool gear to give away!

 

And the SUP Photo Contest Winner is…

SUP Photo Contest Winner - ACK
Kimberly out for a paddle with her little friend.

Congratulations Kimberly!

The end of July marks the conclusion to our “How Do You SUP?” Photo Contest on Facebook. Just as we expected, paddlers from all over take advantage of SUP versatility in a variety of different ways. We received submissions featuring SUP Racing, lounging, surfing, exploring, hand stands, fishing, yoga, & even some tandem paddling with pets and children. With an astounding 47 votes, the winning photo , posted by Kimberly, features a very cute pair of paddlers sharing a board.

SUP Photo Contest Prize

As our winner, Kimberly will receive…

  • BIC Sport Adjustable SUP Paddle
  • BIC Sport Multi-Least SUP Leash
  • BIC Board Cover
  • NRS Self Inflating Belt Pack PFD
  • NRS MicroLite Foundations Shirt
  • SUPThings Super Suction Cargo Net
  • Danuu SUP Paddle Bag

Again, congrats Kimberly and thanks again to everyone who participated!

Social Media Contests to Come!

Whether it be a photo contest, sweepstakes or something completely different, keep an eye out on the ACK social media pages for more ways to win free gear!

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And the SUP Photo Contest Winner is…

Kimberly out for a paddle with her little friend.
Kimberly out for a paddle with her little friend.

Congratulations Kimberly!

The end of July marks the conclusion to our “How Do You SUP?” Photo Contest on Facebook. Just as we expected, paddlers from all over take advantage of SUP versatility in a variety of different ways. We received submissions featuring SUP Racing, lounging, surfing, exploring, hand stands, fishing, yoga, & even some tandem paddling with pets and children. With an astounding 47 votes, the winning photo , posted by Kimberly, features a very cute pair of paddlers sharing a board.

SUP Photo Contest Prize

As our winner, Kimberly will receive…

  • BIC Sport Adjustable SUP Paddle
  • BIC Sport Multi-Least SUP Leash
  • BIC Board Cover
  • NRS Self Inflating Belt Pack PFD
  • NRS MicroLite Foundations Shirt
  • SUPThings Super Suction Cargo Net
  • Danuu SUP Paddle Bag

Again, congrats Kimberly and thanks again to everyone who participated!

Social Media Contests to Come!

Whether it be a photo contest, sweepstakes or something completely different, keep an eye out on the ACK social media pages for more ways to win free gear! ACK Facebook ACK GooglePlus ACK Twitter ACKtv Network

FCS SUP Shop Talk: Insights from Professional SUP Athletes

Ever Wanted to Pick the Brain of a Top SUP Athlete?

FCS Shop Talk with SUP AthletesOn April 24th, paddle boarders around the globe were given the chance to do just that! FCS held an all new exclusive FSC SUP Love webcast called “Shop Talk”, a series for paddleboarders and retailers like ourselves to call in and communication directly with some of the most experienced SUP athletes.

Who were those SUP athletes?

Non other than Candice Appleby and Danny Ching, two SUP racers with impressive resumes including numerous big race title wins under their respective belts.

Plenty to Glean for Aspiring SUP Athletes

The live-streamed show allows users to submit questions via twitter, over the phone or prior to the show and hit a wide range of topics including apparel, race training, safety and much, much more. This unique event has since been published online, and we wanted to share this great resource with you.

We’re certainly looking forward to the next one and will be sure to share more details as they come! Do you have any SUP related questions? Just comment below!

Google+ Communities, Growing Niche Networks for Paddlers

We try stay on top of growing social media trends to connect with as many people as we can and that means spending time on the networks that people like to use. Google+ has been one of the latest trends and we’re very proud of our niche paddling communities and how much they’ve grown over the last couple months. The Community feature provides users the opportunity to participate in specialized discussion in just about any topic you can imagine.

While we’re a member of several, we’re particularly excited about our Kayaking Community where paddlers discuss products, share news & articles, post photos and much more. It’s a fun group and you get to see some unique paddling content all in one spot – take this recently posted whitewater fiction piece, for example.

The other community we’re happy to be a moderator for is the Google+ Kayak Fishing Community which brings paddling anglers together to talk about resources, trip reports, local tournaments, products and just about anything relating to kayak fishing. This is a very active community that also has tons of unique content and you’ll just have to check it out to see what I mean.

Check us out next time you are browsing Google+, and be sure to give our ACK profile a +1!

Joseph @ACK

10,000 Likes = A Better Discount

Wondering how to share? This will show ya!

Today is an exciting day for us…we’ve reached just over 9,500 likes on our Facebook page. If you follow any of our social media networks, you already know we aren’t shy about communicating with our customers and we hope that you enjoy it! So here’s the deal, we are on a fast track to hit 10,000 soon. As a way of thanking our Facebook friends (I prefer to say friends instead of likes because after all, you are people), we are going to deepen the discount on our current Facebook coupon code tab (Click here to see it) to 20% for 10 days (see coupon for details)! However, to get us there even faster, we need your help! If you already “like” our page, please share it with all of your outdoorsy friends and if you don’t, well…go like it! :-)

Thanks again for your support!

Roland @ACK

 

Oh So Social!

I’ve been spending time trying to figure out how to utilize all of our social media networks to better communicate with our customers, vendors, friends and partners. Fact is, our biggest challenge we face is making sure we keep them all up to date. While Facebook may seem to be the end-all be-all social media network, there is so much more out there. After re-evaulating our collection of social media networks it became apparent to me that we really need to organize it all and make it accessible from one place and that we will. In the meantime, I thought it might be beneficial for me to share all of them with you here. Check it out and expect more soon. Be sure to bookmark them and if you are not already a friend, follower or subscriber or, I encourage you to do so. We do our best to keep our communication informative, fun, relevant and up-to-date! – Roland @ACK

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/austinkayak

Facebook (Austin Store) – https://www.facebook.com/ACKAustin

Facebook (San Marcos Store) – https://www.facebook.com/ACKSanMarcos

Facebook (Houston Store) – https://www.facebook.com/ACKHouston

Facebook (Spring Store) – https://www.facebook.com/ACKSpring

Twitter (ACK) – http://twitter.com/austinkayak

Twitter (Kayak Launch Points) – http://twitter.com/launchpoints

Twitter (Rack Boys) – http://twitter.com/RackBoys

Google + (ACK) – https://plus.google.com/101722224525749270723/

ACK Blog – http://www.austinkayak.com/blog

YouTube (ACKTV) – http://www.youtube.com/ACKTVnetwork

Flickr (Kayaking! Photo Group) – http://www.flickr.com/groups/ack_kayaking

Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/austinkayak

Then of course you have all of what we refer to as our social directories such as Yelp and Google Places amongst many others. Just type in “austin kayak” or “rack boys” in either Houston, Austin or San Marcos Texas for local store details and to review us.