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Tourament Interviews (5)

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00

Junior Brown

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How were you first introduced to paintball?
JB - Just like most people, when I was 15ish my father took me to a local field as a rental group through his work. It was called Skirmish Paintball Games in Nottingham.  Like so many others, I was instantly hooked and luckily my father was very supportive and worked it out for me to get a job reffing at the field and it became my second home. The owner of the field allowed me to work off my first electronic gun; an Angel and he helped me get into tournament paintball. He helped me in so many ways, I really owe a lot to him.

What made you want to play tournament paintball?
JB - I think like anyone, when I was young I was buying the all the paintball magazines and looking at players like Rocky Cagnoli, Chris Lasoya and players like that and it portrayed them as having so much fun and almost living a rockstar lifestyle and I really wanted that to be me someday.
Now, it's a sad thing that there’s not any magazine to inspire kids and show how hard the pros play and work and help give the younger generation heroes.  There seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel though with paintballaccess.com. They’re doing a great job working to expose the pros more and provide an avenue for younger future generations to get introduced to the world of pro paintball.

So now that you're at the pro level, do you feel like you're living the rockstar life that you thought it was as a kid?
JB - (after laughing uncontrollably). No I don't feel it's a rockstar lifestyle, but I am very lucky to be where paintball has taken me, the people I've met the places I've seen and none of it would have been possible without paintball. But don't get me wrong it does have its rock star moments.

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00

Billy Bernacchia

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How long have you been in paintball and how were you introduced to it?

BB - I have been playing paintball since 2001; I first got a paintball gun as a gift from my father and played behind my house in the woods with the neighborhood kids.

What was the path that led you to pro (i.e. teams and detailed history)?

BB - I played my first national tournament in 2003. While playing with Hogan’s Alley in Division 1, we had a few NE Hurricanes playing with us.  I became good friends with them and they invited me to a practice where I was picked up to play NPPL Tampa in 2005.  After back an forth battles in D1 against Doc’s Raiders, Doc approached me about playing with him and making a pro team call the Miami Raiders.  I accepted and played for Doc until 2008, and then I went back to the Hurricanes with 4 top 4 finishes.  After the `Canes dropped out of 7-man and made the change to Xball, I joined Avalanche to continue playing in the NPPL.  I stayed with them through the 2011 season.

The ‘Canes left Pro in 2011 and I played for San Diego Dynasty, a team I had been looking up to for my whole career, it was an amazing experience and learning opportunity.

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00

Interview with Rob Montiero, Owner of SF Explicit

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How did the team begin, please give a history leading up to where the team is now?

RM - It all started by going to a birthday party for my son Ryan’s friend 8 years ago. After that day both of us got hooked and few months later Bay Area Explicit was formed.

We continued this every weekend streak of practice for two months before meeting friends that loved the sport too. As we grew together so did our knowledge of the game. A couple young gun tournaments here and there and we were ready. Explicit set out to our first big tournament with a team of 9. XPSL is one of the many leagues that were around for the experienced players. This introduced Explicit to 7-man style of play. XPSL Vegas ’06 was the unveiling of Team Explicit. Although we finished 23rd out of 74 teams we held their heads high. I was determined to make this team a top contender.  Practice schedules came soon after this tournament. We started practicing nonstop against the best teams around.  I kept saying “You only get better by practicing the best.”

What do you like best about paintball?

RM - The bond it created with my son and all the friendships I have developed over the years.  It’s something I wouldn’t trade for the world, my son and I shared it from the start and we’re still sharing it.

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00

Brothers in Arms

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Jason and Corey Bornstein, aka “The Hebrew Hammers” are not unknown names in the paintball world; their smiling faces are always a welcomed sight at any paintball tournament.  For the 2012 season, they have signed on with Sacramento XSV and it has started off to be a good one with XSV taking first place at NPPL 2012 Surf City Open, Huntington Beach.  Not often do brothers sharing the same passion, so I took an opportunity to get some insight on this dynamic duo and how they came about in the paintball world.

How long have you been playing paintball?
JB – We’ve been playing about 11 years now.

How did you first get introduced to paintball and where?
JB - Friends from school were all starting to get paintball guns and playing in backyards.  My parents wouldn't let me play because they thought I might hurt someone accidently.  The summer of `99 my parents surprised us with a day of paintball at a local field while we were vacationing in Oregon.  We were just visiting the area and only 6 people, including us, showed up.  The irony behind this particular field was the fact that it was owned by Mike Sinatra, who also owned the legendary Mare Island Paintball Field in Vallejo California.  I was by far the youngest there, but I had found my calling, they switched me around all day as I overwhelmed my opposition.  I had found my passion.

How did you get into paintball?

It was our Nephew, Josh Ouimet, who talked about it when he lived in Florida. When the Yachimec's went to Maui in April of 2000 for a spring break vacation we played our first paintball game and that summer we played every weekend!  I was totally against guns but totally fell in love with the game!

What do you like best about paintball?

I like the adrenaline and almost everything about it! It brings families together, it’s a social gathering at events and we’ve met some great people over the years!!

How long have you been owner/coach of Impact?

Since the beginning in 2000, it was Josh Ouimet's Dad and I playing with the kids.  As we grew we added kids and just kept improving the team! We played 5man and then went 7man!

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