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Austin Canoe and Kayak Newsletter
May 2011
How to Choose a Paddle
April in Review
Employee Spotlight
Events
Event calendars updated for May-July by location:
Austin Store
Houston Store
San Marcos Store
Featured Products
More InfoDry Storage: Enjoy listening to music while you paddle? Use the Aquapac 518 MP3 Player Case to protect your digital music device -- plug your earphones into the case!
More InfoFishing: Used by fishing guides, the Norton Fish Grip will hold the lip of the fish without harming it. Saltwater? No problem. Made of durable plastic and stainless steel.
More Info Camping: Camping season is in full swing. Sleep in comfort with the affordable and durable Eureka Singlis ST Sleeping Pad. Inflates in 1.5 minutes!
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Choosing a Paddle Made Easy
3 Simple things you should know when shopping for a kayak paddle.
It's inevitable, you do your research, you buy a kayak, you quickly choose a PFD but when you're confronted with buying a paddle, it's like you are a deer caught in the headlights. We can't blame you, it can be intimidating when you are staring at the paddle wall in our store or even on our website where we feature rows and rows of paddles. This may sound pushy coming from a retailer but spend the most you can possibly afford. Easier said than done of course, but when you consider the fact that you'll be making up to 1,000 strokes per mile, the difference in a quality paddle will go along way, literally and figuratively speaking. Here is a non-technical quick guide to help get you get outfitted with the proper paddle. Continue reading.
Paddleatomy
April in Review
April was a huge month for ACK! You may have heard of this and that but we thought it would be a great idea to simply feature them all in one place for your convenience.

ACK's iPhone App - Kayak Launch Points Launched!

iPhoneNothing has received as much media attention as our iPhone App, Kayak Launch Points. The App enables users to explore, rate, add photos, review and share launch points while on the go. It was featured in Apple’s "What’s Hot section" and hovered in the top twenty paid lifestyle section for two weeks. The App is currently rated with 4.5 stars! Click here for additional information or to download.

MapsWe realize that not everyone has an iPhone. We are working diligently on an Android version but in the meantime, we have some great news! As of today, you can now explore and add your launch points via the web with our Kayak Launch Points WEB VERSION. Simply click an area of interest and you’ll be able to zoom in to either see or add your own launch points just like you would on the iPhone App version of the map. We invite you to give it a spin!

ACK TVACK TV Launched We now have a great place set up to showcase our very own and favorited YouTube videos. From instructional how-tos to product overviews, you can now access a variety of paddling related videos from our very own YouTube channel -- ACK TV! Be sure to bookmark it, we have plans to continually expand it in the near future.
Demo DaysDemo Days Recap We know that most of our Newsletter readers are out of state but if you did happen to make it out to any of our 2011 spring demo days we just wanted to follow up with a BIG THANK YOU for joining us. We had a great time and hope to see you again in the fall. For those that didn’t make it, here is a quick video clip for you to enjoy.
AwardACK CEO is honored with 40 under 40 Award We are honored to announce SportsOneSource Group’s recognition of Peter Messana, as one of the select group of individuals to receive the 4th annual SGB 40 Under 40 Award. The award honors young professionals from all corners of the sporting good industry who are recognized as 40 leaders under 40 years old making a difference in their businesses and the market.
Sean PhungEmployee Spotlight:
Sean "the Hat" Phung - Graphic Designer
This month, we are featuring one of our newest headquarter additions, Mr. Sean Phung. You are probably wondering why "the Hat" was abruptly inserted between his first and last name. That’s because Sean is always sporting these uber-cool hipster hats like his famous Upturned Brim Fedora which to be honest with you, most of us here couldn’t pull off wearing (although Chris thinks he can but we won't tell him otherwise). In all seriousness though...continue reading.
ACK offers our sincere thanks for taking the time to read our monthly newsletter. We hope you find it valuable and informative. If you have any suggestions or requests to help us improve this newsletter, please let us know.

Sincerely,
Austin Canoe & Kayak
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