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Austin Canoe and Kayak Newsletter
June 2011
Family Paddling
Hobie Pro Angler Review
Employee Spotlight
Event calendars updated for May-July by location:
- Austin Store
- Houston Store
- San Marcos Store

ACK to exhibit at the 2011 Summer Houston Boat Show!

Featured Products
More InfoAdventure Outfitting: It's time to get out and explore the great outdoors but avoid getting lost with the Brunton 8099 Eclipse All-In-One Compass.
More InfoSnorkling/Diving: Going snorkeling now that the weather has warmed up? Get a dive mask that actually works like the Deep See Clarity and store it along with all of your other snorkeling gear in a Deep See Excursion Roller Backpack.
More Info Kayak Fishing: When you catch a keeper on a kayak, finding a place to safely store it can be a problem. The Creative Feathers Insulated Kayak Fish Bag is the solution!
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Family Paddling
School's Out! Now What?
Take the family paddling, that's what!
May is one of my favorite months of the year, complete with great weather, good fishing and now that I have a child in grade school, a time to celebrate another school year passed. My daughter is 6 now and it occurred to me that I have yet to really get her immersed into to the world of paddling and what better time than now! It's easy to want to get away as paddling provides an almost Zen like experience for those wanting to get away from it all. However, nothing compares to the enjoyment and satisfaction a person gets from spending quality time with their kids, nieces, nephews or grandkids in the great outdoors. For most folks, school is either out or preparing to let loose so now is the time to start planning your next family adventure. Continue reading.
Product Review - Hobie Pro Angler
Is it a kayak or is it a boat? Whatever it is, the Pro Angler means business.
Hobie Pro AnglerI recently had an opportunity to test paddle a Hobie Pro Angler on a weekend fishing adventure and I have to say, I am impressed! My first reaction was, "man, this thing is huge!" but once I hit the water, it was smooth sailing or rather pedaling. It all started when a customer, turned friend of mine, invited me join him on his annual Choke Canyon Lake trip. No arm-twisting here -- ready, set, let's go! As an ACK employee, I must admit, its pretty nice having access to almost any kayak we sell so I decided to try one that I've never used for an extended period of time, the Hobie Pro Angler. There is another reason for it. I was told that this lake was home to alligators and I have to admit, I was a little concerned. I do understand that alligators can be pretty laid back but still held strong to using something BIG for peace of mind. Continue reading.
Nate NortonEmployee Spotlight:
Nathan Norton - Store Associate
This month, we feature one of our most energetic and probably our skinniest employee, Nathan "Nate" Norton. If you've been to our Houston store, you may have talked to Nate and chances are he left a lasting impression on you. We invited Nate to tell us a little more about himself, his move to Texas and passion for the outdoors.

My name is Nate and I have been working for ACK in Houston for about a year. Before moving to Houston I lived in Northern California where I grew up always being outdoors and participating in activities such as camping and hiking in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter. I eventually moved to Houston to be closer to my grandparents and to concentrate on finishing by bachelor's degree in biological sciences. 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.

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