Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
Paintball Legend Max Lundqvist and Dye sales rep Jeremy Klynsmith headed down to South Africa recently for the 2012 Africa Cup in Johannesburg, SA.
by: Jeremy Klynsmith
The trip started off in Cape Town the weekend before Africa Cup. Max and I met up with Dye authorized tech, Troy Nagel and we headed down to attend the SARPL 3 Man at Paintball Kings, provide some tech support for all Dye and Proto markers at the event, and to give the Cape Town ballers a chance to learn from Max at his clinic.
Craig Marley from Dynamix is one of the nicest humans in the world and really went out of his way to be the perfect host and show us a good time in Cape Town, he took us down to his local watering hole on the beach and we had a few Castle beers and watched the sunset with the view on Table mountain in the background, it was the perfect end to a great day!
The SARPL 3 Man event was a really fun and well run event, we met a bunch of cool paintball players and had a great day! It was really encouraging to see how much paintball has grown in Cape Town since I was last there a year and a half ago. Max, Troy and Craig fielded a team called team DYEnosaurs, Troy decided to show off the amazing performance of the new Dye DAM tactical marker and played the entire event with it!It shot so consistently, didn’t break a ball all day and the team ended up taking 1st place!
The Dye CG paint was incredible. A big well done to Paul Grobler and his team for doing such a great job, Riaan from Paintball Kings for making us feel so welcome at his field and also a big thanks to the Blades and Triggers staff for getting our tech gear sent down from Joburg and making sure we got it at the event.
The next day we headed out to U-Tac Paintball for Max’s clinic, honestly one of the nicest scenario fields I have ever seen! We have already made plans to be back there next year with our DAM’s for one of their amazing scenario events, can’t wait!
There were a bunch of guys at the clinic, all the Cape Town paintballers were really awesome and positive, Max had a really fun day with them as he broke down all the technical aspects of the game and taught them the skills they need to take their game to the next level. Once again the Dye CG paint shot perfectly and everyone really enjoyed the day and took a lot away from it.
The next day we said our goodbyes and flew to Durban for a couple days, we met up with Roan and Bryan from Inspekta Gadget Paintball shop to check it out and catch up on old times. Max and I both surf so we headed to the beach afterwards and caught a few waves, it was a great day.
We then flew from Durban to Johannesburg for the main event, Africa Cup 2012 which was hosted by Blades And Triggers field. They have a world class facility there and they had setup a really impressive trade booth area at this year’s event so we got straight to work with setting up the Dye booth. Max ran his clinic the next day at the B&T field, he does a GREAT job! I’m sure that everyone that has been to one of his clinics will agree that he runs the best clinic on the planet! If you have the chance to attend one of his clinics, DO IT! Everyone learned a lot and had a fun day, once again the Dye CG paint shot flawlessly and the B&T staff were really helpful to make sure the day ran smoothly.
The tournament ran over the next 2 days and I really can’t say enough good things about it! The games ran on time, the reffing was good and the atmosphere amongst the players was electric. The Dye booth was open and we showcased all of the new 2013 product line to all the South African ballers, including the awesome new Dye DAM marker.
We also had our resident Dye tech, Troy Nagel on hand at the Dye tech booth to offer support to all the Dye and Proto markers at the event. Max put together team DYEnosaurs to play some exhibition games and it was a great weekend of paintball.
The hi-light of the event had to have been the baby Lion cubs that the guys at Blades And Triggers had arranged to be at the event on the last day, it was definitely a unique experience to have at a paintball tournament to have the chance to play with baby Lions!!
The Dye teams were looking unstoppable at this event. Dynamix have been playing great paintball all year long and showed up ready to win but they had some stiff competition between fellow Dye teams, team Reaper and team Lordz. There were some really exciting games all weekend but it ended up with Lordz taking 3rd place, Reaper taking 2nd place and Dynamix taking the win and the GPPL series championship for the year!
Dynamix shot Dye CG paint all year through their DM12′s and they are looking very strong going into next season. Congrats guys!
Well done to Ridwaan and all his crew from Blades And Triggers for hosting an incredible event and to the guys from GPPL and SASP formaking it all run smoothly. Definitely plan to be at this event next year!! We had a great trip and we are looking forward to being back there soon!