ACK Demo Days have concluded for 2010. The long crazy days are over as well as worrying about the weather. It was great to see and visit with old friends. Thank you to all those that helped make our Demo Days amazing. If you're in Austin October 15th-17th you have one more chance to test paddle the boats at the Austin On-Water Boat Show.
If you're an early planner,mark your calendar for the spring 2011 Demo Days - April 9th and 10th in Austin and April 16th and 17th in San Marcos and Houston.
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Keep Those Drinks Cold! ACK adds another great cooler to our lineup
With the tailgating season in full swing and hunting season openers just around the corner, getting a good cooler is a must do.
ACK has carried an assortment of soft-sided coolers that have worked great for many paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts and last year we added an outstanding line of hard sided coolers from Yeti Coolers.
Now ACK is proud to introduce Engel Coolers which feature air-tight o-ring seals and easy drainage, coupled with extreme durability and a full 2" of heavy duty insulation.
So wether you're keeping a frosty beverage cold before the big game or keeping your grub from spoiling at the campsite, ACK has you covered. Check out our entire assortment of coolers here.
Kayak Winter Storage Options to Protect Your Investment. Storing your kayak and other outdoor gear over the winter can easily be accomplished with a few options depending on your budget and personal preferences. Here are some tips that may make it a little easier for you.
In the Garage Storage
If you own a garage you can easily get the boat off the floor and out of the way by hanging it on a wall or from the ceiling. If your preference is to mount it above your vehicle(s), simply mount a Harken60lb or 90lb Kayak Lift System to the joists in the ceiling. This is the perfect solution especially if you don't have wall space. If you'd rather mount it to the wall, we recommend the Talic Kayak Condo or Tilt Storage Racks. These wooden racks are beautiful and quite popular with many positive customer reviews - and we use them in our stores! Talic offers them in a variety of styles and configurations that will allow you to store from 1 to 7 kayaks. For free-standing racks, check out theTalic Classic Storeage Racks.
Some of you may not have a garage or prefer to store them outside. If this is the case, consider a kayak or canoe cover. These will help keep bugs, dirt and critters out of your boat and protect the surface from the elements. If you own a sit inside kayak and your main concern is to protect the cockpit, simply install a Cockpit Cover or Cockpit Seal. This is also a good option to consider if you are storing you boat in the garage or shed, you would be surprised to see the number or orders we get for covers in the spring when folks discover that creatures have been lurking within.
Maintaining Your Kayak
Kayaks are built to withstand the elements so they don't require too much maintenance but if you would like to give your kayak that shine that disappeared over the summer or protect it from harmful UV rays, consider applying some 303 Aerospace Kayak Protectant.
Many paddlers enjoying working on their boats over the winter. If you plan to make modifications, do your back and knees a favor and get a set of Talic Seahorse Kayak Stands. These will keep your kayak secure while you work on it and your back will thank you.
We've shown you a few options, for a more complete assortment, visit our Storage Racks and Covers page. Protect your investment over the winter so that you can quickly get back out on the water when spring arrives.
ACK Fishing Challenge III Do You Have What It Takes?
It's time for the 2010 Fish Challenge, an annual catch-and-release kayak-fishing event held on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. The challenge offers all types of kayak anglers, including kids and teenagers, a chance to put their kayak fishing skills to the test right in the heart of the city.
The event will be held on Sunday, October 24th at Lady Bird Lake encompassing three divisions: Kid, Fun and Competitive. The Kid Division is open to children 13 years and older while the Fun Division is perfect opportunity for those new to tournaments and for the more experienced anglers, there is the Competitive Division.
All participants will walk away winners with prizes ranging from a kayak and kayaking accessories to cash and gift cards.
Tips From A Pro Steve Oxenford, Performance Paddle Supply
In Oregon, my dry wear kept me safe and surprisingly cozy, even on snowy days paddling frigid mountain creeks, and surfing the cold water waves on the coast, in my kayak. With a background in guiding and adventure education, I learned early on that safety, comfort and fun all go hand in hand. While you pay a bit more for proper gear, it can easily make
the difference between a great trip and a miserable one. My favorite time to sail my Adventure Island is when the winter storms roll in. The winds are strong and the waves are big. I've got the open waters to myself and I'm in my dry wear. If you haven't discovered the comfort of modern clothing designed for paddle sports, you're missing out. When the sun is blazing, protect yourself with lightweight UV rated clothing, when the cold fronts and storms roll in, be prepared to layer up with wicking fabrics and waterproof/breathable shells.
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