A Colorful Array of Kayaks

Ahh, demo days, a paddler’s dream come true. It’s not often one gets the opportunity to demo over 75 kayaks and attend a variety of outdoor educational clinics in one day and in one place. It’s no wonder we get huge crowds of eager paddlers, curious bystanders and general outdoor enthusiasts year after year. This year was no exception!

While the Houston and San Marcos demo days went on without a hitch, the Austin location event ran into a bit of a snag. We’ve always stood by our “rain or shine” philosophy but this time, we were met with a no water situation due to extreme drought conditions — something we never had to deal with before. Did that stop us? Oh no…far from it.

We tried to change locations to keep the demo on water but due to the short time frame it just wasn’t going to happen. Instead, we opted for an “off the water” demo day at our Austin store parking lot and it actually turned out to be quite a successful and well-attended event! Customers were greeted with vendors on site to answer questions, paddling and camping clinics, food and refreshments, hourly prize raffles and even a face painter for the kiddos. Missed it? Click to view photos of the Austin, Houston and San Marcos events.

We’d like to thank you, our customers, for attending these events. A lot of hard work goes into planning and hosting our demo days but experiencing the enjoyment you get from it makes it all worth it. I also want to offer a sincere thanks to all of our vendors and volunteers for helping us make this one of the most sought after paddling events in Texas.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2012 Spring Kayak Demo Days and Outdoor Expo…until then, let’s hope for some rain!

Roland @ACK