Austin Canoe and Kayak has been evolving and growing in leaps and bounds over the past 2 years and we have no intentions of stopping. ACK wants to be the one stop shop for paddlers of all kinds.
That being said we have to grow our staff as well. We have added an employment section link located at the bottom of our web site that features jobs we have available. Check Available Jobs Here.
ACK is currently searching for a warehouse manager to be located in the Austin, TX area. If you know somebody that wants to wear shorts and t-shirts and talk paddling every day pass along the link. Check back now and again for new job postings.
Kayaker of the Month Thanks to Jimmy for this month's KOM nomination. The ACK Kayaker of the Month is Art N. from Georgetown Texas.
Art is a regular at the ACK Austin shop...sometimes a bit too regular. He has a few boats in his fleet (assuming his wife's boat counts). He recently traded in one of his older yaks for a Hobie Mirage Outback and as of press time he has yet to get it wet. Not too surprising since he only picked it up a few days ago.
Art fishes rivers and lakes all over central Texas but his true love is fishing the coast. He makes 3-4 trips a year to fish for the Reds and Trout in the Gulf of Mexico. Ironically, he doesn't even like to eat fish and often times promises his friends the catch but seems to still hoard them. Our best guess is that he isn't catching as many fish as he talks about.
In addition to fishing, Art uses his kayaks for duck and bird hunting. He upgraded to the Outback for its speed and stability. Now he can run his decoys out much more quickly. Happy paddling Art!
Holiday Buyer's Guide and Gift Cards Shop for your favorite paddler right from your computer.
The web site has undergone a holiday transformation miracle once again and returned with the 2nd annual Holiday Buyers Guide to make on-line shopping a breeze.
Need an idea for a gift? The store elves, Steve, Tom, Peter and Chris, have made suggestions for what they would love as presents.
Need a gift but the only info you have is how much to spend? Check the handy price level guide that separates gifts by price.
Still don't know what to get? ACK eGift cards are the way to go. Absolutely the best way to make sure the right gift gets in the right hands.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday's from the entire staff at Austin Canoe and Kayak.
Free Shipping Holiday Savings!
In addition to the exclusive coupon attached below, we are offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders through 12/31/07. Sorry - Kayaks are excluded.
New Kayak Review Ultimate 14.5
The Ultimate 14.5 tandem from Native watercraft is an impressive addition to the ACK sales floor. Not only is this a fully functional water vessel, it is truly a work of art. Sleek and attractive lines will make you the envy of your paddling group.
The first thing that drew me to this kayak was the First Class Seats this kayak has. Not only are the seats fully adjustable and comfortable but they are removable. This feature is so nice, I can pull the seats out when I am loading the kayak to lessen the weight or I can pull it out and it doubles as a camp chair. I am always looking for versatility in a kayak and Native has nailed it.
The second feature that stood out for me was the tunnel hull that gives the needed stability that this klutz longs for. I can stand and cast my fly rod and not worry about it dumping me, my cargo or my trusty paddling companion.
I was really impressed with the way this vessel paddled and I was able to load it on my roof top carrier with little trouble. I would recommend carrying a bilge pump and deck sponge for all of your trips. The Native 14.5 tandem has 2 channels that run along the sides of the cockpit floor that make it easy to remove any unwanted water.
Featured Winter Products from ACK
NRS Rapid Gloves The NRS Rapid Gloves are a must have for any cold water paddlers. These gloves will provide you with some warmth as well as blister protection. They fit well enough to not interfere with anything you do on your kayak. I wore these last year on a very cold day in the San Marcos store and had no trouble typing on the keyboard. These gloves are great for many applications.
Seals Kayak Cockpit Cover If your going to put your sit-inside kayak away for the winter make sure you protect it from little woodland creatures that are looking for a home with the Seals Cockpit Cover. Check the Seals Sizing guide for the right size.
Hobie Kayak Cover Is it time to put your Sit-On-Top kayak away for the winter? Make sure you protect it with these covers available in the 9'-12', 12'-15' and 14'-16' configurations. Easy to put on and very durable.
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