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Austin Canoe & Kayak Newsletter November 2009
In This Issue
Holiday Buyers Guide
New Products
Malone Rebate
ACK Fishing Challenge
20% Off All Camping Products
We are so excited to be offering some of the best brands in Camping.  Over the last 3 months we have been slowly adding camping products to our site and, as an exclusive offer for our Newsletter Subscribers, you can enjoy 20% Off All Camping products.
The ACK Blog Is Rockin'
If you haven't checked out the ACK Blog lately you may want to take a few minutes and give it a look. 

Steve wrote a great 3 part series of blogs about camping from a kayak and Ivan put together a great story about his trip to Matagorda Bay that led me to believe that he is just a little bit crazy.
Keep Up With Us

Twitter and Facebook  as well as the ACK Blog continue to be regular stops for the ACK Staff.

Check in on some exciting information and product discounts.
Holiday Buyers Guide
Hand Selected Gift Ideas           
 
We have poured over our extensive catalog of over 1,500 products to hand select products that we think will help you with your Holiday Gift purchases.  If you are stumped for ideas for that special Kayaker in your life, check out the Buyers Guide for our gift ideas.Candy cane

Additionally, our staff has highlighted their favorite products and included some short reviews to help you out.

As an ACK Newsletter Subscriber you are entitled to exclusive deals that save you money!  Make sure you check out the special Camping Coupon (on the left) for this month as well as a coupon that covers other non-camping products (at the bottom).
New Products at ACK
Nifty New Gadgets           
 
We continue to add to our catalog of products daily.Here's a new gadget that will help keep you plugged in, even out in the woods. The Seattle Sports Sol Jus Solar Charger is a great unit for hiking and paddling alike. I'm addicted to technology and all of it's magical uses.  I like my blackberry and I don't have a clue how I existed before it.  I'm not apologetic for wanting to listen to tunes around a campfire or while I'm on a hike.  The Solar Charger is something I can set out at a campsite or attach to the top of my pack on a multi-day adventure and charge my electronics for use later in the day. 

steriFor another great new line-up, ACK welcomes the complete line of SteriPEN. If you're camping regularly and haven't picked up a SteriPen you're missing the boat. The SteriPEN is a hand held water purifier that uses ultraviolet light to quickly purify the sketchy water sources you find while wandering about. I wish I would have had this years ago when boiling water and using iodine were common practices.  On one outing, I didn't completely wash out a CamelBak bladder after adding iodine to it and it was a nasty mess the next time I grabbed it.  The SteriPEN is super sweet, I definitely suggest giving one a try.  There are 4 options of SteriPEN to choose from: Adventurer, Classic, Journey, and the Classic Safe Water System
Malone Auto Racks Rebate
Savings Just in Time for the Holidays!

We've put together a very special deal for you for the Holidays. for November and December you can outfit your Loved One's vehicle with one of the two options below and save BIG!

Save $30 on the Malone Auto Racks Universal Cross Rail System when you purchase an Autoloader, Seawing, or Saddle Up Pro.

ORtelos

Save $40 on a Telos Load Assist Module when you purchase an Autoloader.

Please call 888-828-3828 or visit one of our stores take to advantage of this promotion.  Offer good from November 1st through December 31st, 2009.
ACK Fishing Challenge
ACK Fishing Challenge A Victory

The morning started early, much earlier than I'm used to getting up, I can assure you of that.  I got to Lady Bird Lake around 5:30 am and the cars were already lining up.  I thought that was pretty cool and with the turnout we had this year I can understand why people wanted to get their scorcard numbers early.  We let people use their own measuring devices this year and we dispensed scorecard numbers on site.  This is a fun event but still needs to be run with integrity. 

The competitive anglers picked up their cards and numbers and drove off to their respective honey holes.  Cars went left, cars went right, I noticed a lot of wives and girlfriends who looked rather annoyed in the front seats.  Forced to play shuttle driver, many of these women would most certainly be paid back in some way I'm sure.  The amateurs filed in later that morning and surprisingly we had only 1 no show.  Pretty darn good turnout if I may say so. 
Ivan
Ivan, one of our employees, decided to fish the challenge on a Stand Up Paddle Board and since we were issuing ID numbers on a number system I just came up with that morning I didn't see any reason that he couldn't fish the challenge.

While I ran out to get us some breakfast Ivan launched at the boat slip and padled across the way.  When I came back he had already snagged his first fish, a monster 17" that he had to bring over to show us.  I was impressed.  Ivan packed up the SUP board and took off for his favorite fishing spot.

Justin and I loaded up the tables and supplies and headed downtown to the launch spot near Austin High School.  We were gonna have some fun if only for an hour and get on the water and do some fishing.  Since my shoulder is still busted up I took the Ocean Kayak Torque which is an awesome kayak that has a Minkota trolling motor.  I had so much fun watching the expresions on peoples faces when they realized I didn't have a paddle and was cruising right by them.  I'm proud to announce that I did catch a bass!  A nice big 4 inch baby bass.  Whatever....it was a fish and Justin didn't catch any!

We set up fishthe weigh-in at the Rock Garden in Zilker park and waited for the anglers to come in.  We had pizza and drinks and a TV to watch some football while we waited.  It was a good setup.  The anglers strolled in one after another to weigh-in which consisted of providing a memory stick from a digital camera with the pictures of the fish and your scorecard number. 

Some people got skunked and were just happy to have pizza in their belly but the top contendors hauled in some nice fish.  We had 2-19" fish recorded and one massivly pregnant Bass that was almost as long as wide.  When it came down to it, local youngster Regan Vega had the big catch with a 5 fish limit of 81.75" taking first place followed closely by Troy Lawson at 80.25" and local 'King of Lady Bird Lake' Steve Garcia at 76.5".  Placing

I'm really proud of the fact that we put on one heck of a tournament and gave out some great prizes.  We are thrilled that every single competitor left with something.  Big Thanks go out to all of our competitors, contestants and friends that made this day special. 

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.
 
Sincerely,
 
Austin Canoe & Kayak
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