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  Austin Canoe & Kayak - January Newsletter January 2007 Issue 8, Vol 1
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From The Editor
Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a safe holiday season. The ACK staff has many resolutions for the New Year. Our most important resolution is to continue to provide all of you, our customers, with the best product knowledge and superior customer service that you expect. My personal resolution is to spend more time on the water and catch many more fish.
 
This month's edition of the ACK newsletter features information on understanding river conditions, a product review of the Perception Aloha and an exciting story of a first descent by an ACK paddler.
 
Thanks to all of you that responded to last month's Trivia question and congratulations to Tom O., the $25 winner, and be sure to read this month's stumper at the bottom.
Understanding River Conditions
During times of drought or heavy rain it is very important to understand how a river is running to ensure a safe and enjoyable paddling experience. The key to running any river is checking the river flow, which is measured by 2 factors.
 
Stream Stage - Stream stage is the height of the water surface, in feet, above an established plane, usually the streambed. This is telling you how deep you can expect the water to be.
 
Stream flow - Stream flow is the volume of water flowing past a fixed point in a fixed unit of time. The U.S. Geological Survey expresses the value in cubic feet per second or cfs.
 
Optimal calm water paddling is done on rivers that maintain a stream stage of 3' and above with an optimal stream flow of 200 to 300 cfs.
 
There are many websites available that will give you information on how a river is flowing. Here are a few examples.
 
 
Product Review: Perception Aloha 8.5
The Perception Aloha 8.5 is a neat little boat. It will make you wonder why you ever rented a tube to cruise the rivers. The flat hull and soft sides will make short trips on a slow moving river a blast.
 
With a cup holder and room for a small cooler the Aloha will keep you comfortably floating down the river and from looking like a prune at the end of the day.
 
The Aloha's real purpose though is as an exciting surf kayak. Take it down to the beach and cut up the waves in style. I would definitely recommend adding a pair of leg straps to enhance the fun.
 
ACK Paddler Makes Historic First Descent
Recently a group of friends and I returned from the most enjoyable kayaking excursion, near beautiful Vales, Mexico. There we logged a first descent of the Tambaque river. The Tambaque is spring fed through a cave that pushes massive amounts of water from the entrance about 25 feet above the river. The terrain creates a wonderful limestone slide about 20 feet long and ends in a deep pool only to be followed by a 10-12 foot vertical drop into another deep hole. The river flows extremely quickly creating fun yet friendly rapids followed by a few 4-12 foot drops and a couple of standing waves that provide great surfing. After our first descent of the Tambaque a local newspaper wrote a very flattering article of our historic journey. This river was just a small portion of what that area still had to offer us. There are numerous class 4 and 5 rivers, not to mention a friendly class 3 river, the Cascades de Micos, which houses endless vertical drops, slides, various rapids and wave trains. We also paddled some flat areas that lead us through beautiful bird sanctuaries. I am excited to report that there is definitely something for every paddler in (Valles), San Louis Potosi, Mexico.
 
Trivia Question
When did kayaking become an Olympic sport?
 
Send your answer to: trivia@austinkayak.com
We will draw one lucky (correct) customer to receive a $25 gift certificate.
 
Thanks again and we hope you having a great winter and great New Year!
 
Sincerely,
Austin Canoe & Kayak
www.austinkayak.com
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