• Player Profile: Martin Lopez of Blindfire Media

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    When and how did you first get introduced to paintball? When did you get hooked?

    I was first shown paintball by my friend. At the time I didn’t think much of it. Honestly I didn’t even care, I was around age 11.
    My friend first showed it to me because he thought the markers looked cool. I remember I was at his house and he pulled up a chair and sat me down at his computer showing off different markers he liked. I remember him mentioning the Empire Axe a lot in particular. He liked it because it both looked like an actual axe and because it had an “edgy” name (pun intended.)

    We sat there and I was bored outta my mind. Now a few years later all I do in my spare time is drool over paintball markers I can’t buy. Bit ironic isn’t it?

    I didn’t go to the field and actually play until I was 12, it was for a birthday party a friend was having at SC Village.

    The first game I was absolutely terrified, I sat in the back and did nothing but cower, but the rush of adrenaline I would come to cherish and chase for years to come was there, even in those first few moments. The second round I played again, not much changed except one thing. I got caught behind the same bunker as a pump player.

    The pump player seemed so calm, collected, and focused. It was incredible watching him, to this day I never got his name and I only remember him for the odd contraption he used that I later came to know as a stock class Carter.

    I got the courage to stand up and fire back and that’s when I was truly hooked. I gained so much respect for pump players from the very beginning and I think that’s most of the reason I started to play pump myself, I wanted to be that guy I saw.

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  • Player Profile: Leon King from Painting the World

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    from Painting the World (PTW)

    My opinion is that our sport is growing.

    I also believe that bigger companies should give back more to the kids and those who can’t really afford to play. Focusing only on the “pros” is not going to get this sport anywhere because once the pro players are done, who is going to continue our paintball legacy?

    I have seen a lot of kids that want to play but don’t have the means to, which is why I started Painting The World (PTW). My goal with PTW is to grow paintball for the next generation and also help others. I target at risk kids so I can take them off the streets and show them something better. We hook them up with donated gear and take them to the field and play with them and visit their fields if they are out of state.

    What makes paintball fun for me is the family of brothers and sisters you find in the sport. I believe if we all helped each other to help others we would take the sport to places it’s never been.

  • Player Profiles: Interview with Griffan Spanner


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    Griffan Spanner

    Rank D3

    Owner of Parabolic Paintball
    Sales, R&D at Alien Paintball
    Marketing Director at AFPL

    When and how did you first get introduced to paintball? When did you get hooked?

    I got introduced to paintball back in the summer of 04. A friend of mine had talked his mom Into buying him a Spyder Electra for really no reason. We went out to a dry creek behind his house and took turns shooting each other with it.
    Soon enough I was begging my parents to buy me one so I could shoot back.

    My dad took me to Big 5 and I got a ZAP Winchester starter set for 60 bucks.

    After that I discovered that we had a field in the area and as soon as I stepped foot out of the car in the parking lot I was hooked.

    Played my first few games hiding in an apple crate in the back of the field haha.

     

    When we talked before, you said you just can’t seem to get away from paintball, though you hate it, or something like that? Or something along the lines of anxiety for tournaments messes you up, but recball is cool? Seemed like you really love paintball, but it is a love hate?

    Absolutely.

    My tournament career *if you can call it that* started with two seasons of second place finishes in the WCPS (West Coast Paintball Series). Every event I played, and in every division, I got second. [Read More…]