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WAIAKILL – DYE TACTICAL TAKES OVER UWL ECUADOR

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

It’s endless summer here in Ecuador and our paintball season never ends. WAIAKILL – DyeTactical began 2014 training hard and focused on local and international UWL (Ultimate Woodsball League) tournaments, among other events we will attend this year.
We started getting our new 2014 gear in as soon as possible to adjust rapidly to the change. Less weight, smaller size, improved accuracy and air efficiency on our new DM14′s, allowed us to maximize performance and carry more paint in our vests (as UWL has no limit on the amount of paintballs you can bring into the field). Additionally, the macro line was removed from the new DM design, which meant less tangling up with branches and bushes, just as the DAM, which we were already used to since its release last year.
The tournament took place in “Cerro del Muerto” in the town of Playas, Ecuador on the 15 and 16 of February. Besides the tough opponents and intense games, the biggest challenges of this amazing field were the extreme weather conditions. Temperature ranging between 90 to 95F (32-34C), lots of mud, intense sun and humidity to the roof, made it difficult enough just to be there with no gear on. Thanks to the support of our DYE distributor, Luis Neira, we got ahold of enough Dye  Pop-up Tents to manage the weather and stay fresh and focused for the games. DYE tech support on site was another of the keys to success.

WAIAKILL – DyeTactical went in the tournament with 3 teams (15 players   on each team, 10 on court and 5 replacements).
Each team had 4 games played randomly among all competitors. The two most successful teams went to finals.
WAIAKILL ALPHA won all its games and got a solid 4 – 0 to go into finals. Meanwhile WAIAKILL BRAVO met ALPHA on its third game and got its first loss. In the final match WAIAKILL ALPHA met again with Team Dragones, who barely made it into second place in an extremely close match (4 point difference) with  BRAVO, who was favorite to play finals but got in third place.
The final game was not an easy one, mostly because of the exhaustion and tension. Scouts from the two opossing teams went for different  flags on the initial run, making it a tie in the first minutes of the match. WAIAKILL ALPHA’S aggressiveness got ahold of the lost flag before the first 10-minute brake and retained it through the entire game. The hooch was found during the second break, adding up more points to the overal score. With both flags and the hooch in our hands, our game was mathematically unreachable. We knew we could go all in for their home flag after the second break and pushed hard to try to end the game early. Dragones defended well and prevented us to advance to their home base flag. After 30 minutes of intense physical effort the game was over and we had won UWL Ecuador first chapter. WAIAKILL BRAVO came in third place, getting WAIAKILL – DyeTactical two places in the podium.
We are now training hard for the second chapter that will take place in Quito, Ecuador, May 3-4. We will try to keep on adding points on UWL’s local and international ranking.
We’ll keep you posted on the advances of UWL and other events.
For pics and vids of this and other tournaments and events follow us @waiakill in Instagram, Tweeter, Facebook and YouTube.
Come meet and share with us at the DYE Store in Living Legends 7, May 16-18.
Keep on balling!!

Derrick Moncayo McGuiness
UWL Tag #30

Let Marcello Margott show you how to #LiveTheLife

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Within just 8 short days South Africa quickly became one of my favorite places and Cape Town now sits at the top of my list of favorite cities. I was contacted by Paul Grobler of the SARPL about a month ago to come out and do a few clinics which I of course, jumped on the opportunity seeing as its a place I haven’t been and an entire community I haven’t had the chance to tap into yet. We set the plans and he booked my ticket. I landed in Johannesburg last Wednesday, the 5th, and had an early night. I was exhausted from the 28 hour travel day it took me to get there so I needed a night to rest. The next day was awesome though; I got to interact with lions, leopards and cheetahs which has been a dream of mine ever since I first watched the Lion King back when I was 5 years old. We ended the adventure by going to a game restaurant, for those who don’t know they serve fresh caught animals. Ranging from Zebra to Crocodile, to wildebeest. They brought them out one at a time and I indulged in everything trying one thing after another. I figure why not right?

The next day was miserable. I was puking all day and couldn’t figure out if it was some weird animal I had tried or the ice I had in my drink. Either way my stomach was not happy and I spent the entire day trying to recover so I could go on with my traveling. Plus my first clinic was set for Saturday so I didn’t have time to be sick.

Saturday morning came early. I woke up feeling much better than the day before and was excited to meet all the South African players. As we rolled up to Paintball City, Johannesburg, I was impressed by the perfectly kept grass and pristine bunkers that composed the field we would be playing on. We got the day started with a warm up and introductions and I immediately knew it was going to be one of the better clinics I’ve done. Everyone was extremely welcoming and had a great sense of humor which always makes the day that much better. There is something about the paintball community that just brings everyone together. No discrimination and no judgment. Everyone just has a mutual understanding for the love of the game and it really is special. It is one of the reasons I love paintball most; I believe it brings people together from all over the world. I ran through all sorts of drills with the guys and even introduced them to a team drill we use to start the Ironmen practices called RedZone.. I can’t explain all the details because its pretty exclusive but just know this may have been the highlight of the day!

I was sad to say goodbye to my new friends but I had to wrap things up and catch a flight to Cape Town where my next clinic / adventure would begin. Landing in Cape Town was unreal. Much like San Diego, I knew this little laid back beach town was going to be amazing but I didn’t realize it was going to make its way to the top of my favorite places list. I got in around 9am Sunday morning and headed straight to the field. Occupied by beautiful scenery along the way I was anxious to see what kind of group would be at Speedball Aim seeing as they had a lot to live up to from the day before. Granted, they absolutely did live up to the Johannesburg group and were another great group of people. I came to the conclusion that South Africa paintball players are awesome and I want to do everything I can to help the sport grow down there. I was hugely thankful for the opportunity to spend two full days growing the sport in SA and helping the paintball community gain in every aspect of the game. After another long day of what we call work, it was time to enjoy the rest of my trip and see what Cape Town had to offer.

After showering and getting all cleaned up, Paul took us (me and Rob Daniels, PSP div 1 head ref) to Table Mountain where I basically got to see the entire city from the clouds. It was absolutely breath taking. As I stood on the top of a boulder that was leaning off the edge of the mountain I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with love for paintball. I was yet again slapped in the face with the humbling hand realizing that all of this was only possible because of paintball. Its moments like that that make me continue to strive to be the best. Not only to be the best player but also the best role model. I want people to see what paintball can do for them and how it can genuinely change your life for the better. The places I have gone and seen because of this sport are not comparable to anything else. I will forever devote myself to the growth of this game and as I stood out on that rock I again, realized this is what I am supposed to be doing. I was right where I was supposed to be.

Enough of the sappiness.. Now to the good stuff! The next day was a big day for me. I would be cage diving with Great White sharks, you know, the viscous man eaters? Yea it was something that I had to check off my bucket list so I told myself I was going to set fear aside, dive in head first and hope for the best! It was an early morning with a 3 hour drive to get to the port where we would be departing from. Once we arrived I was surprised at how calm I was. I actually wasn’t frightened at all and couldn’t wait to get in the water with the sharks. It took us about 30 minutes of cruising on the boat to get to the shark infested waters where they dropped the cage in and had us hop in. I was the first to go, ready for adventure I jumped in with my gopro ready for some action. I was hoping to get a shark that was trying to attack us but that didn’t happen. Some huge sharks definitely came up to the cage and opened their mouths but not as aggressively as I had hoped. I guess part of my photographer instinct was willing to risk some safety for that one special Instagram picture. Nonetheless the day was absolutely amazing and one I will remember forever. I mean how many people get to say they have been less than a foot away from a Great White shark in South Africa? Yea I was pumped and sad to see the trip coming to an end but I still had another day of full adventure before I would be heading home.

My last day in Cape Town was by far one of the coolest days in my recent life. My new friend, that attended my clinic, Julian, took me to Boulders Beach, which was a stunning drive with an astonishing destination. We got there and settled in to a sandy little private cove that looked like something out of a movie. The view was great as the ocean produced no waves in this tiny bay like area. There were giant boulders surrounding the waters separating one private beach from another. You could see the ripples in the clear water where fish would pass by. After hours of swimming around from beach to beach, playing with penguins that called this place their home and getting sun kissed by the earths favorite star I knew my trip was coming to a finish and what better way for it to end than watching the sunset; no electrical buzz, no phones, no material items… It was just me, my friends and mother nature. The sky was a vibrant yet calming tangerine color as the final minutes of sunlight were taken in. South Africa had officially earned a special place in my heart and had reassured me that everything I had been doing and working for was well worth it. From the beautiful views to the amazing people to the adventurous foods to the passionate paintball players I had felt like my trip was complete. It was great to have an impact on the SA players and set a higher standard for them to live up to on the playing field. They know I will be back and I can’t wait to see how much everyone has improved. A huge thanks goes out to everyone that accommodated me throughout the trip, especially Paul Grobler for making it all possible! Until next time my friends!

LA Ironmen and San Jose Royalty merge to become powerhouse PSP Champions team!

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

PRESS RELEASE:

San Jose Royalty and the Los Angeles Ironmen merge their rosters

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

San Diego, California (January 14th 2014)- San Jose Royalty and the Los Angeles Ironmen will merge their rosters for the 2014 PSP season. Royalty will cease to exist as a standalone entity and the best players on the squad will come over to the Ironmen. Members of the two teams are excited about the merger, as it will create a very strong team who will contend for the coveted PSP World Title.

 

The merger brings paintball legend Shane Pestana back into the Ironmen fold. Pestana has a storied history with the California team, first as a star player during its early years, then as captain during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, and then as the coach from 2004-2008; he guided the team to multiple World Championships during each tenure. Until this merge he had been helping Royalty as a player/coach during their assent through the divisional ranks.

 

Marcello Margott and Alex Goldman, two of the star players brought on last season for their second stint with the Ironmen, are happy to have the man back who they won their first World Titles with. Margott stated, I am ecstatic to have Shane Pestana back in the organization. He’s bringing hard working Royalty players who have great attitudes and the same work ethic as us. I think this team will quickly become a family. It’s going to take some time for the chemistry to kick in but when it does I think it will be a truly great Ironmen team. Shane is a leader by nature. He just knows how to get the best out of people so I can’t wait to start working with him again and see what we can accomplish together this time.”

 

Pestana said, “I’m ready to go, to help the Ironmen get back to where they should be, which is sitting at the top of the Champions Division. We have so many great talents on this team, so many hard working guys. Sure, it may take some time to gel, but the Ironmen will be a winning team again.”

 

Mikko Huttunen, a long time Ironmen veteran who also won titles with the team, will come on as a part of the coaching staff as well, which augments the Ironmen’s brain trust in its push back toward the podium. The Ironmen finished 5th overall during the 2013 season, and 4th at the World Cup, against one of the most competitive fields ever and this new merger proves they are dedicated to building a winning team again.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dye Paintball / Jake Fristoe.

Email: jfristoe@dyeprecision.com

P. +1 (858) 536-5183 ext 250

 

1.3.13 Friday Giveaway Winner!

Friday, January 10th, 2014

We asked for your craziest story from 2013. While they were all pretty good…. Dave DeMattia took it home with

“When I got an Instant team kill by throwing a grenade off the break on a PSP field.”

A big thanks to everyone for entering Dye’s Friday Giveaway! Lets get even crazier in 2014!

Be sure to follow us @DYEPaintball and @DYETactical on instagram and like us on Facebook.com/DYEPaintball andFacebook.com/DYETactical for more contests every week.

Dye teams dominate the fierce Latin American EPPL series.

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

December 13-15 was the fourth and last event of the 2013 Ecuadorian Professional Paintball League (EPPL) and it was held in the capital city of Quito. Being held in the middle of the mall  San Luis Shoppin, this was good to have a great attendance from public, this EPPL event had double importance because it will decide the overall rankings in all  of the divisions. 30 teams register, we had a showdown, the games were as fierce as paintball could get.  Really aggressive games, great points and plays.

The event begun Thursday with a press meeting and meet and greet with Marcello Margot, Oliver Lang and the South American Dream Team.  The Dream Team continue the pursuit of their dream to become the first Latin America PRO TEAM. DYE was present on the event as always with the spectacular DYE booth offering all the 2014  DYE products and the best paint in the Market. The Dye Paint truck was full of people unloading paint one after another.  DYE teams Dominated the event in almost every Division, DYE team Zurikatas were playing in their home field  CQB Paintball Field and had their home crowd in the stand cheering from them and their younger teams.

Zurikatas, one of  DYE’s flagship sponsored teams in Ecuador, were on fire and went undefeated  directly to  the finals. and were waiting for the winner between the other DYE ‘s Sponsor team Evolution and  the Latin AmericanDream Team. Like all the finals this year in the top division was between both DYE teams, Zurikatas took this final with a score 4- 0 against Evolution. Zurikatas also won the Series and overall 2013 Championship .

Division 3 had a similar outcome, with Zurikatas Silver going undefeated directly to the finals, In the finals Zurikatas Silver matched up against Inka Killers, from Lima Peru (also a DYE team). In the final the local team Zuriktas Silver won 4-0 and with that took the championship and also the series and overall Championship 2013.

Division 5 had more DYE teams on the podium, Evolution PB School took first place.  Third place was taken by local team APF. Third place was enough to give APF the series and overall 2013 D5 championship in their first year.

Congratulations to all the teams that made the EPPL QUITO and the season such a success. The 2013 EPPL season is over, but the 2014 EPPL Season starts in February.  So, If you love to travel and play paintball don’t miss this event.

Final standings QUITO
D2
1st Zurikatas (DYE TEAM)
2nd Evolution (DYE TEAM)
3rd Latin American DREAM TEAM
D3
1st Zurikatas SIlver (DYE TEAM)
2nd InkaKillers (DYE TEAM)
3rd Monosalvajes
D4
1st Anonymous
2nd Delta Force
3rd Iguana
D5
1st Evolution PB School (DYE TEAM)
2nd Delta Force
3rd APF ( DYE TEAM)

 

Series Ranking EPPL 2013:

D2

1st Zurikatas (DYE TEAM)
2nd Evolution (DYE TEAM)
3rd Monosalvaje

D3
1st Zurikatas SIlver (DYE TEAM)
2nd Evolution Kids (DYE TEAM)
3rd Monosalvajes

D4
1st Delta Force
2nd Iguana
3rd Animal

D5
1st APF (DYE TEAM)
2nd Delta Force
3rd Evolution PB School ( DYE TEAM)

 

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