To all the Dads out there that encourage their sons and daughters to be adventurous and explore the outdoors, we salute you this month. My Dad was the first person that ever took me camping and I will never forget the times we had romping through the woods and the practice camp outs in the back yard. I know we are all busy these days, but kids, the best Father's Day gift you might give is a peaceful float one weekend in June.
Happy Father's Day, The ACK Staff
"Mild to Mind blowing
mistakes you don't have to make!"
This month's mishap is one that is almost as important as
the yak itself but is forgotten more often than the name of the second
President of the United States (John Adams; the first Vice President and Second
President of the United States term 3/4/1797 to 3/4/1801) that's nutrition and hydration.
Every time you head for the water your first thought should
be of what supplies are necessary to keep you going throughout your trip and no
this does not mean a case of the Beast and a bag of Doritos!This means packing plenty of bottled water
hydration packs along with high protein snacks from fresh fruit to power
bars or Gu Energy Gel. Keeping your body properly nourished and hydrated will
allow you to keep paddling hours on in as well as decreasing your muscle's
rebound time that normally accompanies a long day on the lake or rivers around
Texas. What ever you decide to bring with you make sure you remember it every
Mike Bayer Update Lake Bastrop
ACK's sponsored angler, Mike Bayer, moved into second place in the KATs rankings with a strong outing at the Lake Travis event. With the last tournament looming, all of Mike's talent and experience couldn't get it done on that final day. Mike fished strong but ended up finishing 8th on Town Lake and 4th overall for the series. I know Mike was disappointed to turn over his 'Angler of the Year' title but there is always next year.
On-Line Paddle Selector New Feature ACK is always trying to make the on-line shopping experience easier and more convenient for our customers that can't visit us in store. That being said, one of the most common questions we get is what kind of paddle is right for me?
We set out to create a tool that would make the decision making process easier and more educational for you! Answer a few simple menu questions and the paddle selector will narrow your search to a few choices.
Try out a couple of different searches and see if there was a paddle you didn't see before.
Whitewater Packages On-Line Save Big and Hit the Water Right Away!
You may have noticed over the past year the addition of kayak packages. Purchasing a kayak package meant you got the essential items needed to head out on the water in one shot and save money in the process.
Well the Whitewater crowd felt ignored so we now have basic Whitewater Packages with huge savings. Get the boat, paddle, helmet, PFD and spray skirt and your ready to go!
ACK Apology Coupon Confusion
Well, last month we attempted to try a different type of coupon. We
strive to provide the best customer service but we have to admit that this time around, we failed. We made the coupon confusing and difficult to use. We have seen the error of our ways and extend our sincerest
apologies for any problems or confusion we caused with last month's offer. You will find that this month's offer goes back to the manta of SIMPLE!
ACK Kayak Review Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T
I set out for my test paddle of the Pamlico 135 I wondered how I would
take to this sleek looking vessel after so many years paddling SOT's.
I was initially worried about sitting at water level, what kind of
stability I would have and where would I put my fishing rods? This was
the first trip in several months I had made with my 8 year old son and
obviously I was most concerned about his safety.
Well all of
my concerns were put to rest fairly quickly. My son hopped in and said
it was cool, like sitting in a race car! I was pretty sure we would
not be going as fast as race car but I was happy with how smooth it
paddled. I would definitely add a rudder.
concerns were a non-issue. I ran our rods along the floor of the kayak
and stuffed a dry bag behind my seat, another in the bow in front of my
son. I still had room to tie down gear on the deck but didn't need it.
The Pamlico 135 was a very pleasant experience and I wonder if I could
use this at my next adventure race?
New Products from ACK
Werner Kalliste Carbon Straight Shaft My first paddling trip with the Kalliste is what I would imagine paddling in an imaginary dream world would be like. Smooth and fluid paddle strokes combined with low weight made this paddle an instant hit.
Werner Camano Carbon Straight Shaft The Camano paddle from Werner is one of the most popular paddles on the market today and I can see why. Paddling long distances with this bad boy is no problem at all. The Camano seems very durable and the ferrule is strong.
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 make the newsletters better and more informative, please let us know.