One of the best activities during the ACK Demo Days are the free clinics! These clinics are taught by some of the most knowledgeable and passionate people in the industry. Before heading out to ACK Demo Days this year, head to our Demo Page to see the full clinic schedule to mark and schedule those you want to attend (it’s like ACL Festival for paddlers).

Here are a few highlights of what you can expect:

How to Paddle

Austin, San Marcos, Houston, North Houston, Saturday @ 10 AM, Sunday @ 12 PM

By far our most popular clinic! Whether you are new to paddling or looking for that next step, mastering correct paddling technique is essential. This classic, taught by representatives from Werner, Viking and Native Kayaks will show you proper grip and stroke, as well as what paddle will suit you best for your adventure needs.

Kayak Fishing

Austin, Saturday @ 10:45 AM and 1:45 PM & Sunday @ 1:30 PM
San Marcos, Saturday @ 11 AM and 12 PM & Sunday @ 12:45 PM and 2:15 PM
Houston, Saturday @ 12 PM  & Sunday @ 1:15 PM and 2:30 PM
North Houston, Saturday @ 11 AM, 12 PM and 2 PM & Sunday @ 1 PM and 2 PM

There are many different aspects to kayak fishing, from proper technique to the variety of gear you’ll be using. Whether you’re a veteran or novice angler, this clinic will be sure to cover a range of topics, tips, and techniques that will help you out! Be sure to catch this clinic taught by Native Watercraft, Wilderness Systems, Ocean Kayak, Viking Kayaks, Feelfree and Johnson Outdoors in Austin, San Marcos, Houston and North Houston.

Rigging Your Kayak

Austin, Saturday @ 12:15 PM
Houston, Saturday @ 3 PM

Don’t miss this clinic taught by representatives from YakAttack and Scotty! Whether you are an expert angler or just getting into the sport, setting up your kayak with the right gear is important. Learn how best to customize your yak with gear from rod holders to cup holders.

How to Load And Transport Your Kayak

Austin, Saturday @ 11:30 PM
Houston, Saturday @ 11 AM and
North Houston, Saturday @ 1 PM

You’ve got your kayak, you’ve got your gear… but how the heck do you get everything to the water? Yakima Racks and Thule will cover the basics of car rack systems that will transport you and your kayak where you need to go in this classic Demo Day clinic! Have a rack and not sure if you’re loading your kayak properly? Proper loading techniques will also be featured! Get ready to hit the water safely and quickly with Yakima and Thule.

We look forward to seeing you there!