Retailer Spotlight: Austin Canoe & Kayak

Austin Canoe & Kayak (ACK) of central Texas is an outdoor retailer of specialty paddlesports, as well as general outdoor adventure…

ACK kayak angler tournament

One of ACK’s strongest niches is kayak angling. They’ve grown this area of their business very successfully over the years—not just with products, but with engagement in the angling world.

ACK’s Josh Garza tells us about it:

ACK’s Kayak Angler Tournament Series

At Austin Canoe & Kayak, we’re committed to growing and engaging with the kayak fishing community.

One of our most successful community programs is our Kayak Angler’s Tournament Series, better known as KATS. These kayak-specific fishing tournaments take place multiple times throughout the year in both Texas and the Midwest.

Our 2018 Texas season featured seven events and a 2-Day Championship, bringing in over 250 unique anglers throughout the year.

ACK kayak angler tournament

The tournaments are catered to a variety of skill levels by including both a Pro and a Social Division. The diverse range of kayak anglers promotes a healthy exchange of knowledge and experience between individuals.

Over the course of a full season, we’ve seen a handful anglers make the leap from the Social to the Pro division. It’s very important to us that our participants feel comfortable and are motivated to compete at a higher level.

We have such a great group of Pro Division Anglers that have been with us since the beginning. These are the guys who continue to help grow both our tournament series and their own local kayak fishing community.

KATS would not be possible without the generous help and support from our many sponsors, including Bending Branches!

As part of their sponsorship, Bending Branches has provided our anglers with the opportunity to demo top-of-the-line paddles during Tournament day. Many of our entry-level participants take advantage of this.

Head over to to learn more about our Tournament Series as well as past results and our upcoming schedule for the 2019 season!

ACK and Bending Branches

When Austin Kayak was founded, we committed to offering our customers the best kayaks and paddling gear. With that commitment, Bending Branches was one of our original vendors because of their reputation of top-of-line quality and Made-in-America craftsmanship.

ACK retail store

You can connect with ACK on their website or at one of their five Texas retail locations. You’ll find them all over social media, too, including Facebook and Instagram.

(photos courtesy of Austin Canoe & Kayak)

Get your paddle questions answered—contact our Wisconsin-based customer service team today: 715-755-3405 • [email protected]

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