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A word from Pop, Captain of Team Asiawan

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

World Cup Asia 2014 is the biggest tournament annually in Asia, took place on Nov. 7-9, 2014. As it’s the biggest one, so we prepared and planned our team around 3 months before. We worked hard and never missed weekly practice in those periods.

The biggest cup always challenge the greatest team to win it.
In the first day, we won, but not as well as we expected, so we recap our strategy and wish to do it better in the next day. And we did it well, getting better one by one step till we got into the semi-final round.
In this round, those 4 teams were the best in Asia. We were a little nervous but nothing can stop us at this stage. We finally did it, we won the World Cup Asia tounrnament, 6th championship of the year 2014 together with 7th championship of Pals Series Overall Champion.

We, Aisawan team, dedicate each of every championship to the hard working of all team mate. We believe in team work and all strategy practice which prove our believe is real!
Thank you for all supportive, specially for DYE who always support us with great deal of equipment. DYE, Choice of Champions.

Pop # 07
Team Captain
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Super 7’s Australia

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

My trip started with a smooth 16 hour flight in first class. I ate, slept, ate, watched movies and slept some more waiting anxiously to land in Australia. As the wheels came screeching down I gathered my things and got ready for what I knew would be a long day. It was early friday morning and I had a clinic to teach later at Action paintball for team TPC so it was going to be quite a day. Devon Stutz met me outside of customs and we hopped in the rental car, the journey had just begun. As we rolled up to the field I could feel the jet lag starting to kick in. Its ok though because I was excited to see all of my Australian buds and get the weekend started. The first person I saw when we got to Action Paintball was Mike Wybrew, who I have gained much respect for over the years. He is somebody that is genuinely trying to do the right thing for our sport in Australia and build a league that keeps players excited and involved with the sport. We spoke for a few quick minutes before I had to get my gear on and head down to start working with team TPC. The clinic was a huge success. I implemented more paintball logic than fundamentals which isn’t usually the traditional way of running a clinic but the team was getting ready for the Masters event so I wanted to prepare them mentally. What a great group of guys, they listened and learned an exponential amount of things throughout the day and all were very thankful for the time I spent with them. I was more proud than anything, because throughout the day the improvement of the teams play couldn’t go unnoticed.

At the end of it they invited us to a BBQ back at their rental house. Of course we went :) .. Myself, Devon Stutz from DYE and Mike Whybrew drove to their place after the day was done to indulge in typical australian “Shrimp on the barbie”! Except it wasn’t shrimp, just steak and burgers that were amazing. I had a blast communicating with the guys that I had just spent the day teaching with. I enjoyed it because during the clinic it was mostly professional and now I had the chance to get to know them on a more personal level. All Australians, at least the ones I have encountered, have always shown great hospitality to the American players and for that I am very thankful. Jamie from TPC was the one that organized the entire thing and I can’t thank him enough! It was getting late so I told Mike we had to get home. After all we had a tournament to play the very next day so even thoughI was having fun I wanted to get a good night rest to be ready for our games on saturday.

 

Saturday morning, it was early when we arrived to the field with our game starting at just 8am. I was still pretty tired and mildly jet lagged but excited to get the event started and play paintball. We smashed through our preliminary games only dropping one to team NVS which is one of the main DYE sponsored teams in Australia. Kind of bittersweet to be honest. Sucks to lose but they are a DYE team so I was happy to see them perform well. That night Devon and I decided we didn’t want to do anything but grab food and go to bed. It had been an incredibly hot day reaching temperatures of 110 degrees and we had played 6 matches in total. All I wanted was water and food! Mr. Whybrew of course was more than accommodating, letting us sleep at his place and constantly had food, water, comfortable beds, and even the jack daniels night cap readily available!

 

Sunday morning came around and our team was sitting in first place. We had 3 matches to play and had to win all 3 to guarantee a spot in the finals as they only take the top 2 for finals. We won two and tied one which put us in a position of failure. We had to count on other teams point differential to let us in. I was unhappy with how they ran that system and believe they should take the top 4 or 6 and run a legitimate “Sunday” style paintball but the rules are the rules. I believe Mike is considering changing them to be more like the PSP for next year as he is constantly looking for ways to keep Australian paintball up to par. With that said, we ended the preliminary matches in third place and did not have a chance to fight for the title. Either way I had an amazing time and was extremely happy to see the growth of not only the talent in Australia, but also the growth of the league. My hat goes off to Mike Whybrew as I can see he genuinely cares about paintball and making sure everything involved with his league is fair. He is a good bloke as they would say :)

 

  The event continued without our team in the finals but another DYE sponsored team, team NVS, ended up taking the title. So as I said it was a bittersweet finish but I’m always happy to see dye at the top, where it belongs. That night the league organized a players party, which I love, at one of the hotels. I love these because it keeps every player involved. They do the award ceremony, individual recognition and team recognition throughout the night. Everyone that attended the event was there so its awesome to see the support from the players toward the league. Its things like this that really make me appreciate paintball in foreign countries. The player / fan participation is extremely high

I wish we were more like them and were more excited to be at events and do everything related to paintball. It only helps the sport grow when we come together. The night ended with tons of handshakes and greetings. I got to talk and meet with most of the Australian players that were at the event and chat with them about plans for the future which is something I aspire to do. I want the sport to grow and I feel the best way is for everyone to work together and grow as one team.

The next day Devon and I had a week long adventure through Australia meeting with field owners and stores to discuss plans for the future. Our goal was to try and connect these guys to help each other grow, find ways to bring paintball to the next level in Australia and support our brand, DYE Paintball. The meetings went extremely well, starting in Sydney we met with multiple field operators and tried our best to influence them in a positive way to grow their business. Business growth in paintball means more players playing, which means growth in our sport so obviously Im all about it! We went from Sydney to Melbourne and h continued our venture to meet with field operators, store owners, new paintball players, etc.. Melbourne was extremely fun. I got to meet quite a few field owners that I feel share a genuine interest in the growth of paintball. After our long discussions and very advantageous meetings I’m excited to see where they will be next year when I come back. Luckily there was some downtime. I got to explore and check out each city as a tourist. Fortunately I had some friends that I’ve known since the first time I came to Australia back in 2009 that were able to show me around a bit and take me to some of the hot spots. It was a blast, a trip that ill never forget. Melbourne was beautiful and full of character and I’m thankful to have accomplished multiple things while I was there such as , help the growth of paintball, meet with field owners and discuss ways to attract more and new players, visit the city, eat amazing food and teach an amazing group of guys the fundamentals and logic of paintball.

 

 

 

Saturday morning came around and it was time for me to teach my pro school. We showed up at Snipers Den Paintball early and ready to go. Everyone else was there and eager to learn. I always start my clinic off with an introduction and a review of what we will be learning that day. These guys were awesome, throughout the day I can’t even explain through text how much better they got. I saw bad habits get lost and watched new, good habits form. Thats my biggest goal is to help people reach their full potential and there was tons of potential here. Everyone listened wholeheartedly and I could tell they really took everything in. Its always rewarding for me when I walk away from a clinic feeling like I had a positive impact on the players and this time they made absolute sure of it that I was appreciated. Words can’t describe the gratitude for that and all I can say is i really, really, can’t wait to come back and see how much better they have gotten. Top top it off they were an amazing group of guys. Unfortunately I didn’t get to stay long as I had a flight to catch heading to Brisbane for my clinic on friday. I grabbed a quick shower and off to the airport I went!

 

 

We landed in Brisbane late saturday night and one of our good buddies, Nathan Mcdonnal from NVS, the team that won the Masters, picked us up and took us back to his place. When I got there my jaw dropped. Little did I know he had cooked up a feast for us and by that time I was already starving. He made some of the best ribs that I’ve probably ever had along with amazing chicken covered in homemade Australian BBQ sauce… I can’t lie, I was in heaven until I ate myself into a food coma, then I was just in a coma. I fell asleep quite early knowing I had a full day of paintball ahead of me. The next morning would be my last clinic for the trip, at Skirmish Paintball, a legendary field that has been around for years. It was the original premier field in Australia so it was quite amazing to roll up and be able to experience it in person. Im all about paintball and paintball history so to me this was awesome!

 

 

This clinic was ran a little differently. Most of the players were on teams with the exception of a few which were actually highly advanced. We did mostly game situations and instead of spending the day working on fundamentals I worked with them on paintball theory and logic, explaining how games break down and what the right moves are and when. This is usually how I like to run my clinics anyway as I feel it gives more insight to how the game is played and what goes through our minds as we are on the field. Everyone was beyond excited and the payers all learned quite a bit. We needed the day with playing matches for fun which for me, was an absolute blast. I love playing paintball and it was great to get full games in with the guys, same as I did in Melbourne. My goal is to travel the world and teach paintball the best that I can while at the same time, having fun with the players so that they genuinely want to continue to play. Growing the sport is my number one priority. I slight frown came across my face though when I realized this was the end of my trip.

 

 

It was Sunday night and time to get to the airport to catch my flight. We went back to Nathans house to finish off the leftover ribs, shower, and head to the airport. I spent a night in Sydney and woke up early to get some last minute explorations in along with a few instagram photos! I walked through Darling Harbour, had some breakfast, found the shot and then headed to the airport. Here I am now sitting on my flight, heading back to California with an amazing impression. Mostly because of my excitement in the growth of paintball in Australia but also because I had an awesome trip thanks to everyone involved. I am sitting on the airplane as I write this and am already thinking about when I will book my next flight back. What an awesome time. Thank you Devon Stutz form DYE, Michael Whybrew from Action Paintball, Craig from H2O, Nathan Mcdonnal and LEggo from NVS and Skirmish Paintball, all the guys from Explicit paintball, and everyone else that made this trip possible. I truly had an amazing trip and can’t wait to come back. Keep up the hard work!

 

 

Aztek Future Worrior Attends Badlands MegaStore Grand Opening

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

“Overall, the store looked amazing. There was an amazing turn out in terms of shoppers from new players and parents shopping for their kids holiday gifts, to veteran players, some even showing up in their gear! There was a great variety of DYE
markers, masks, rotors, jerseys, pants, tops, headwraps and vests on display throughout the store. They (Badlands) even have a Special Edition Silver DAM on display! A few televisions were displaying the Box Rotor video and they also have 5-6 huge Dye glass display cases. The store looked amazing and DYE was represented very well. I think the store will do very well. Badlands Megastore is located conveniently in the heart of Toronto and easily accessible via the highway. It will become the #1 store in Canada.It was great to be there and help represent the Dye brand.” AZTEK

STK World Cup Asia

Monday, November 17th, 2014

I want to start this blog backwards by giving the biggest thanks to all of our supporters. It is truly humbling. From our closest supporters who we consider family — the Ogdens (children included) and Michelle — who’ve travelled for years at their own expense to be there for all of the highs and lows, to our great friends who seem to love us just for being a scraggly bunch of paintballers from Perth, helping us tirelessly in the pits and with shouting their lungs out from the sidelines. And those who give us praise and look up to us back home… Thank you. It makes paintball so much more worthwhile and so much bigger than the game itself, and that is what I love about it. And our sponsor, Dye — like I said when they took us onboard and rewarded us with more and more support over the years — it is again truly humbling for something we started as friends when we were kids, to be taken seriously by a big company like Dye. Last but not least, WASP Paintball who has seen the team grow over from first time players to the STK players we all are today.

This WCA was a rollercoaster, with us getting off to a slow start on friday, winning only 1 of our 3 games, ALMOST guaranteeing we would not be able to progress into the top 4. We lost to Datis and Nemesis, and won against the Xtioneers. With things looking dire, we knew our only chance was to win all of our remaining games and leave it to “the paintball gods” that another team would have a misstep worse than ours.

We went into saturday with a new approach, scrapping the idea the the field layout relied on overpowering the opponents with aggression and racing to the 50′s. We based everything around the idea that we were going to be a wall of paint, sit in our bunkers, shoot 10 pods each and slow-play it out. We executed our game as a team and were able to win all 4 of our matches on Saturday against Raw, Hellbourne, Lost Boys and Beezwaxers.

I’d almost resided myself to the fact that WCA was done for another year, but in the 2nd last preliminary game between Hellbourne and Nemesis (who was playing rediculously good and pushing us into 5th seed) — I couldn’t help but get excited as Hellbourne put up point after point against a Nemesis that showed up to win world cup. The match ended with Hellbourne beating Nemesis 4-0, sending Nemesis home and scraping us through into the top 4 in last position. This moved us on to play the so far undefeated Raskal in the Sunday club.

We’d watched them play all event, we said in our team meeting the night before “better the devil you know” given we’ve have several scrap-outs with the powerful Raskal since they revamped their team and nearly won WCA last year. We didn’t change anything going into our game against them, we just loaded up on pods and went out there and hid in our bunkers and shot our guns. They’re great at doing exactly that too, so it made for an intense and close game. It almost slipped away too with all 5 of us being shot out and Raskal sprinting in for the buzzer but unable to make it before time expired. We went to overtime against them, were able to draw a penalty on them and take the win sending us into our second world cup finals appearance against Aisawan, who had just beaten Datis with guests Bear Degidio and Maximus Lunquist.

I can’t speak highly enough of Aisawan and how the play the game. They’re agressive and disciplined, have great gun skills and won Thailand at the start of the year. We went into the match and won the first long, long point, with all of us just sitting in our bunkers dumping paint and not wanting to be the first one to make a mistake. We were communicating and working as a team. The second point was another long one, but this time going to Aisawan. As we came out for the 3rd point with less than 3 minutes on the clock, I said to the team “this is probably going to be the last point.” Sure enough, the game whittled down to about 20 seconds of game time remaining, we had all the 50′s, we started launching, some of us getting taken out and some trading, leaving Rambo and Farran to sprint the buzzer in with about 3 seconds left with no Aisawan players still alive. Farran slammed into the buzzer, on the replay it looks as if he touched it in time, but I think the game timer and the web-cast timer are slightly out — I hope so anyway… It was a null-point, meaning we’d go in for 3 minutes overtime.

Again, we went onto the field and played another long point and dinked out Aisawan players until at about 15 second mark, they had 3 left — 1 in the snake, shooting at me in the dorito’s, a back centre and one at the small A on the dorito side. Again we started launching, and after all the madness just Stevie was left sprinting the buzzer in. I thought he got it and started jumping up and down, felt some elation that oh my god, we’d won world cup, then the refs signalled null point again.

We were fired up, we felt like we knew how to beat them, we started getting ready to come out for a second over time point. We lined up on the start gate, 10 minutes went by with both teams waiting at the start gate. We finally went inside and learnt that there’s only 1 overtime point, if there’s still no outcome from the overtime point, then the winner is decided by who went into the finals with a higher seed from the prelims. Aisawan was that team and the win was awarded to them.

Aisawan didn’t jump up and down or break into wild celebrations, instead they said “sorry” to us and shook our hands. It was great sportsmanship, and also, I feel like STK did some great sportsmanship too taking the loss so well. The ref who informed us that the winner was decided by prelim score was apologising profusely to us in tears. It was nice that he cared. We don’t feel any bitterness about the outcome, we had a great time partying with Aisawan at the players party and exchanging jerseys — they are cool guys — and we hope this can be the start of a friendly and respectful rivalry between our two great teams. They knocked us out of the finals in Thailand at the start of the year in overtime, so I feel like we always matchup for an exciting game.

Again, thanks to our paintball family and everyone that has helped STK in the past, present and future.

- Dan Woods
STK Captain

Team Aisawan Dominates World Cup Asia

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Taking First place in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 Teams Aisawan, Speed Aisawan and Virgin Aisawan not only take first place for Cup, but also the PALS Series Champions for their respective divisions.

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