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Dynamix back on the podium!

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The boys from South Africa are back on the podium! After a dominating season in 2013, winning both the SARPL series and World Cup Asia, the team showed that they’re not slowing down and are as focused as ever. Proving so by winning the annual Sweetspot event hosted by

Blades and Triggers. Craig Marley from Dynamix gave us a rundown of how the event went for them:

Sweetspot 2014 was hosted at the Blades and Triggers paintball range in Boksburg.  It ran both 3 man and 5 man formats with two divisions for each, open and elite.  Dynamix entered in the elite division in both formats despite normally sticking to the 5-man format.

The 3 man was a lot of fun, the guys just got to go out and enjoy a day of “not so” serious paintball.  At the end of the day the two DNX teams entered placed 1st and 3rd. The 3-man was well run and we enjoyed the opportunity to play on Blades and Triggers turf field.

Sunday brought about the 5 man elite and the turnout didn’t disappoint, with 7 teams showing up to play.  The field layout was a tricky one to gauge but despite dropping two games in the prelim rounds, coming into the knockout rounds the team had warmed up to the challenge.  In the finals we came up against fellow BNT team Apocalypse (who also hadn’t dropped a game throughout the day). DNX managed to win the final 1-0, leaving Blades and Triggers with 3 teams on the podium.

A huge thanks to Blades and Triggers for the great prizes that they sponsored and the fantastic event they hosted. Thank you to Dye for the great gear we have the privilege of wearing. DM14 for the win!

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!

Dynamix from South Africa have been an absolute freight train this year!

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Hot off their victory in Malaysia where they were crowned World Cup Asia champs, the team had a few weeks off before their final showdown at Supercup in Gariep Dam for the 2013 SARPL title. The team had won several SARPL events throughout the year but it all came down to this final event to see who took the series win. Dye sponsored athlete, Max Lundqvist was at the event for a clinic and also guested on the team. The team’s experience showed as they dominated their final games and took the series win!! Craig Marley from Dynamix was kind enough to give us his feedback from the event:

The event was held at the Gariep Dam Forever Resort. A very nice venue albeit a bit far out. By Friday evening we had a full team at the event and with our tents pitched, we looked forward to a good event.
Saturday day morning the team met up with the legendary Maximus Lundquist. Dynamix was fortunate to have him as a guest for the team and to share some of his vast experience with the guys.  Day 1 was not as smooth as we would’ve wanted but we ended 2nd overall and drew Apocalypse in Sundays Semi-final.

So after an early evening at the player’s party the team came into Sunday ready to shine. We amended our game plan and pulled out a 2:0 win on Apocalypse. This secured us a spot against team Reaper in the final who placed 1st in the prelim stage.
The final was the deciding game for supercup but also the entire series as both Dnx and Reaper came into super cup on equal points. As always the final was extremely close and at the end it came to a1:1 draw. This meant that decision went to game times. Despite a 1 minute penalty Dynamix still came out on top.

A huge thank you to all the event organisers and very importantly all our supporters. Bnt and Dye as sponsors,  we could not ask for better! Blades and triggers were out in full force to back us. Much gratitude to Maximus for all he taught us over the weekend. To Jeremy from Dye, always a pleasure having you there. Thanks Troy for the teching and support. Lastly congratulations to Dynamix South African champs for 2011, 2012 and 2013!! Team members: Craig Marley, Chris England, Vivian Riley, Dane Carfoot, Sparky Smuts, Thabo Raphiri, Yosh Naran, Daniel Hertzog

Dynamix take 1st at World Cup Asia in Langkawi!!!

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Dynamix have had a very successful year with a dominant performance in the SARPL series in South Africa. However, being the
competitive team that they are, they weren’t satisfied with success in their local series and decided to head over to Malaysia for
the World Cup Asia event so they could test their metal against the best teams in Asia. This was their first event in Asia and the
team went over focused and well prepared, they ended up winning the event!! Craig Marley from Dynamix gave us this report:

After a tiring 27 hours of travel from South Africa,
the team finally landed in the beautiful Langkawi
We were greeted by the pleasant and friendly Dye staff,
Devon and Ellen who handed over to us 2 Big Boxes of
Dye goodies with one of them being the all new powerful
DM14 along with the new Formula 1 Purple C14 gear – Purple Power! :)

Our first day we dominated all our prelim games.
We rocked with the new DM14′s straight out the box.
The feel of the gun was very different to the DM13
giving us more gun control and accuracy when laning.
Due to the new positioning of the fore grip and no
Microcline, making it easier to swop hands.
The gun is very smooth and gave us good air efficiency.

In the semi’s we played against Lost Boys, it was a tough
game but we ended up beating them 3-2 with one second left on the clock.
Our next game against Datis we beat 4-1. Which took us to the finals facing Rascals.

What a fight! penalties were flying everywhere. We were down 3-1,
only to dig deep and never give up! We won 4-3!!

 

Thanks to everyone that helped and to all our friends, family
and supporters sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for the scores

Much love

Very importantly, Thanks to Dye for the great gear and the best gun ever – DM14!!
And thanks to South Africa Blades n Triggers and Haviannas.
Also thx to STK for all there help, was also good to see all the Dye teams working together,
One big happy family ;)

Check out the video of the final:

Team Dynamix on a Winning Streak! SARPL Event #3 Recap

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Dynamix are on a winning streak, taking 1st place once again at the recent SARPL Event 3. Craig Marley gave us a write up of the event and shared his thoughts on the performance of the new 2013 Dye product line and Dye CG paint:

SARPL Event 3 – Sunday, 7 April 2013

We had just recieved our new Dye gear and DM13′s before the event, straight out the box, they shot like a dream!

The event started on a very cold Sunday morning putting the Dye CG paint to the test but despite the cold the paint performed really well.

It was amazing because we have only recently gone into winter and at the previous event it had been extremely hot but the Dye CG

paint performed in both extreme temperatures!! This paint truly is incredible!

Dynamix dominated through out the event not losing a single match or point in the prelims. Our new player Daniel Hertog got a

chance to prove himself on the dorito side, he communicated well and got a lot of kills, this kid is a good asset to the team.

 

Dynamix dominated the event, only dropping one point all day to take first place. We also got the fastest game of 31 seconds due to

the all new Dye ultra light gear. The DM13 out the box ran great and CG paint continues to impress us.

Thank you’s to:

Dye for great gear and paint.

Blades and Triggers for all your support for the last 7 years and are proud to be affiliated as a Dye BNT Team.

Havaianas our new addition to our sponsorship for our stylish feet.

Switch Multimedia for the great photography.

And a big thanks to the SARPL for hosting a great event and to all the teams that travelled far and wide to make this a success!

 

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