This past weekend (14 September) I attended the Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK) fall demo days at the Quarries Park in Austin, TX. This was my first ever demo event from any kayak dealer and I was not disappointed! Even though I was not in the market for a new boat, I was extremely interested to see and try-out the latest and greatest from several of the industry's top manufacturers. For anyone that is new to the kayak fishing scene, this is a great opportunity to learn from the pros and to find the boat that works for you.
When I arrived to the event, I was greeted by a few nice ladies who asked me a few simple questions and had me fill out a standard waiver. I was also entered into a raffle for some interesting prizes from life jackets to car haulers. From there I was escorted to the life jacket and paddle pavilion where I was fitted for both items and given a rundown on how the event works. Not too complicated, just find the boat you are interested in, jump in or wait in line for your turn.
In all, I was able to demo 7 new boats on the market. I was extremely impressed with the kindness and expertise of all of the staff and manufacturer representatives. If you haven't had the opportunity to get to a demo day, I would highly recommend that you mark the next event on your calendar and make the time to attend. For anyone new to the sport, this is the perfect opportunity to find the boat that is right for you. ACK even offered a 5% discount on new boats if you attended the event! For the experienced folks, this is a great opportunity to try out the latest and greatest and see how our sport is evolving.
Check out the full on the water video reviews i was able to take at the event. Boats reviewed include Feel Free Lure 13.5, Old Town Predator 13, Native Ultimate 12 FX, Slayer Propel 10, Viking Profish Reload, Viking Profish 400 Lite, Wilderness Systems Thresher 155, Hobie Pro Angler 17 Tandem.