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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!

 

Purchase a Tahoe SUP this Holiday Season & Score a FREE Paddle & DVD!

Celebrate the holidays with Tahoe SUP!
Give the Gift of Tahoe SUP!

‘Tis the Season for Tahoe SUP

Buy any Tahoe Rubicon, Bliss or Zephyr paddleboard this holiday season and, if you’re among the first 200 to do so,  you’ll receive a FREE, limited edition, Tahoe SUP Carbon / Bamboo adjustable paddle plus an Explore Project DVD!

Make your purchase and we’ll be sure to send you a special ticket to redeem your gift. This deal only lasts until Dec. 31st and supplies are limited  so don’t miss out!

9 New Products at ACK.com That You Should Be Excited About

The ACK.com merchandising team is constantly finding and adding new products to the website year-round but as manufacturers prepare for 2014 this is the time of the year when we start to see some very exciting stuff heading our way. With so much awesome gear either in or on it’s way in, I decided to put together a list of top 9 products you should be excited about. Why? Because they are awesome.

9. SuperNova Lighting Kits – Make your ‘yak glow in the dark with these different lighting kits. Intended for anglers but useful for everyone.

Make your 'yak glow in the dark with these different lighting kits.

8. ACR Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) – Adventure with confidence with ACK’s new lineup of GPS-enabled rescue beacons.

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7. Eureka’s Remote Controlled Warrior LED Lantern – A powerful lantern with a pocket sized remote control that also has a light on it.

Warrior Lantern

6. Camo Colored Costa Del Mar Polarized Sunglasses – Because everything is better in camo!

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5. Dagger’s new Katana Kayak – For the adventurer who wants to tackle whitewater and expedition style trips with one kayak.

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4. Native Watercraft’s New Slayer Propel 13 Kayak – This is one kayak that anglers won’t want to miss.

3. A white colored BlackPak – Just because it’s called a BlackPak doesn’t mean it has to be black.

White BlackPak

2. The new Ovation Kayak Paddle from Werner Paddles – At only 22.75 ounces this thing is seriously light.

Werner Ovation

1. Paddle Britches – Store your emergency paddle or fishing rod and keep it in hand’s reach, plus everyone will ask why you have pants on your kayak’s bow.

Paddle Brithces

 Remember to stay updated on all of the new gear headed for ACK.com by visiting our new products page. Let us know if you saw something you liked!

Youngest Stand Up Paddling Kid You’ve Ever Seen

Stand Up Paddling Is Easier Than You Think

Or maybe this 2 year old just has some serious skills! I came across this video posted by the Paddling Headquarters and loved it. It showcases just how easy and fun Stand Up Paddling can really be. The beginning is a bit tedious with the unnecessary slow-mo’s but when little Kiara Goold finally climbs up on her little SUP, paddle in hand and grin across her face, well…that’s when you’re going to be wishing you were on the water too! Check out this stand up paddling kid for yourself:

Got a Stand Up Paddling Kid of Your Own?

I’m not sure what board Kiara is using but we’ve got the perfect SUP for your little one, or grom, in surfer speak. The Tahoe SUP Grom Kids paddleboard is a great size for younger paddlers and comes with the quality you can only find from Tahoe SUP. Grab one your your stand up paddling kid and then hit the water family style!

 

 

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

ACK Austin Caught in the ACT!

Never a Dull Moment at the ACK Austin Store

With the beautiful weather and the 4th of July weekend  quickly approaching, I’ve been dying to check out one of our performance paddles and get out on the water. The ACK Austin store being the closest of our 4 ACK stores to me, I decided this afternoon would be the perfect time for me to pop in and see what they were up to.  I guess I’m not the only one with the water in mind this weekend because the store was hoppin’! We had guys running around doing all sorts of things. One was giving advice to some first time customers. Another was installing a new rack system on an SUV and third was even repairing a kayak! Sometimes I wonder, what can’t these guys do!?!

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!

Meet the “Queen of SUP”!

Candice on her SUP from ESPN W
Candice doing her thing. Photo Credit: ESPN W

Get to know Surftec SUP sponsored, paddle board prodigy Candice Apply in this Hot Shots series on ESPN W

Did you know that Candice started competing in SUP competitions only a few months after teaching herself the sport back in the summer of 2007? She even went on to become the first women to beat then men in a professional SUP surfing event in 2008 at the Duke Kahanamoku Oceanfest. Pretty impressive, huh?

Alright all you SUP paddlers out there, what is the coolest place you’ve paddled? Send us pictures at editor@ack.com and we will feature the coolest destination!

 

It’s Getting Hot Out There! – Check Out H20 Options for Any Sized Adventure

The temperature are creeping up and it’s crucial you stay hydrated matter what you’re doing, whether it be a light run or a multi-day back country excursion.

There are a wide variety of ways for you to get the H2O you need. Check out these ACK videos as we give a break down of essential products for Hydration on Longer AdventuresHydration when Hiking & Running and Hydration at Basecamp then comment below and tell us how YOU stay hydrated outside!