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Austin Canoe & Kayak Newsletter August 2009
In This Issue
Demo Days Save the Date
Dealer of the Year
New Products
Keep Up With Us
Outdoor Retailer Show Recap
Newsletter Updated

We have changed the design of our Newsletter, we hope that you will find it easier to navigate.  Since it's been almost 3 years of the same template, we were tired of looking at it as well!
Mark Your Calendar

Our semi-Annual Demo Weekends are fast approaching.  Mark your calendars and be prepared to test paddle all the new models coming out!
 
Austin: September 26th-27th
San Marcos: October 3rd - 4th
Houston: October 3rd - 4th

More details will be posted on our Website.
2009 Retailer of The Year
Canoe & Kayak Magazine 2009 Retailer of The Year
Retailer of the Year
We are thrilled at the recognition we have been receiving lately! Just  last week we were honored with the 2009 Canoe & Kayak Magazine Retailer of the Year award.  This comes right behind being recognized as the Ocean Kayak Dealer of the Year, Johnson Outdoors Dealer of the Year and Malone Dealer of the Year awards during an annual conference in Atlanta. As well, last week we were recognized locally as the "Best Place to Rent a Kayak in Austin, Texas" by Austin360.com. These awards are exciting and the recognition is truly humbling, but the greatest thanks that we receive is from our repeat customers and those of you that send us letters filled with excitement  when we exceed your expectations with our knowledge and service.  That type of 'award' beats any formal award.  We continue to look forward to serving you, our customers, with our ongoing commitment to providing the best possible service and incredible prices!
New Products at ACK
Yeti CoolersYeti
The Yeti Cooler Company is located right here in Austin, Texas, but that's not why we decided to add their products to our catalog.  For me it was knowing that Yeti is a company much like our own that is run by a couple of guys that want to provide a product that is superior to the rest at a fair price while providing excellent customer service.  Their video of a 500 pound man trying to beat the life  out of a 45 quart cooler and the cooler taking the beating with a smile helped a lot too!  These coolers are ideal for camping, kayaking and hunting simply because they keep their contents cold longer and are built to last forever. Check them out, you won't be disappointed.
Keep Up With Us

Twitter and Facebook continue to be regular stops for the ACK staff. Check out our product discounts and exciting information.
Outdoor Retailer Show Summary
Holy Water Bottles
ORJuly is an exciting month for us, first we had the Johnson Outdoors (Ocean Kayak, Necky, Old Town, Malone) product show, then two weeks later we left for Salt Lake City to attend the Outdoor Retailer show. Apparently the need for new ways to carry water is at an all time high because there was about a gazillion new methods to carry water from one spot to another. It seems that the water bottle is an exciting new invention. Looking past that we were able to secure a litany of new items that we know you will love. Here is a brief summary of some of the exciting things we saw at OR and some of what you can expect to see soon at ACK. 

Confluence Watersports is coming out with some great new kayaks in both their Wilderness Systems and Perception brands.  The Wildy Commander 120 is a 12' hybrid kayak with a large comfortable seat and plenty of storage.  It has a tunnel hull similar to the Ride so it's quite stable and paddles well.  The Perception Tribe series is an affordable, no frills, family of recreational kayaks featured in a 9.5' and 11.5' single models as well as a 13.5' tandem.

The Ocean Kayak Tourqe is an exciting addition to an already great line of kayaks.  It's based on the hull design of the Trident 13 with a fully functioning, battery powered, drop-in motor.  It's fun and practical for both anglers and recreational yakkers alike.  If you follow us on Facebook you have seen the power it has as it drove my 290 pounds around a lake while towing Steve on a stand up paddleboard (The Nalu) which will also be a new feature for ACK. 

In addition to the Nalu ACK will also  be carrying several other models of the hot new Stand Up Paddle Boards.  The mix isn't set yet, but we will have options from the biggest names in Surf and SUP.  SUP's are in every magazine these days because of their functional, fun and fitness abilities.  You can throw a SUP board on your roof or the  back of your truck and get a quick workout in which is amazing, wet a line with minimal gear or cruise the lake looking like a celebrity. 

There are so many new items coming down the pipe this column isn't enough space to tell about, as well some items we can't even talk about yet.  The kayaking world is growing by leaps and bounds year by year and the manufacturers are listening to the consumers and creating products that are fully functional and useful for both the newcomers to the sport and the grizzled veterans.  You can always find the latest items added to our website right here.  Keep watching as we release some exciting new products over the next few months.


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