| It was epic; it was legendary! It was PbFashion’s first ever clinic and it was a major success; I can report this first hand.
A New Formula
Most paintball clinics follow this standard formula: Headlining a superstar, players drop a hefty chunk of change spending a few days listening to a pro give their philosophy on the game and then, POOF, it’s over.
Crash at the Coast went way above and beyond this formula. Headlining essentially the entire San Diego, California paintball community, PbFashion and the HK Army set a new standard for what a paintball clinic should be. They hooked up appearances by paintball megastars including Todd Martinez, Brandon Short, Oliver Lang, Rusty Glaze, Scott Kemp, Justin “LJ” Schwartz and more. “Crashers” practiced, scrimmaged, ate and lived with the pros for an entire week – a dream come true for any paintball player.
The clinic was hosted by Mark Kressin (Hollywood HK), Brandon Fort (PbFashion) and Bear D’Egidio (Newport Entourage). “The motivation behind Crash,” explains Bear, “is that we want to teach these up-and-coming kids the concepts, the goals, the morals and the attitude it takes to make it up the ladder in paintball.”
Seven Days in Paintball Heaven
For seven whole days the first ever “crasHKrew” lived in a trendy house on the beach in San Diego. The trip was all-inclusive and was decked out with three-course meals each day, trips to some of the most famous paintball fields in the country, and the opportunity to meet and live with the stars of paintball.
$1,250 got you a full week of professional paintball training, intense workouts with HK’s personal trainer and more fun than you could ever imagine.
Day One: We flew into sunny San Diego on July 4, 2010. Entering the beach house for the first time, I walked into a full-on party. Girls, professional paintball players, and Crashers immediately began breaking the ice “HK-Style.”
Sitting on our porch, I watched professional paintball players pile in like it was last-minute PSP registration. Todd Martinez, Glenn Takemoto and many others all joined in on the fun as we had the coolest meet-n-greet a paintball fan could ask for; I was loving it.
Day Two: This day was filled with the first of many workout sessions with HK’s Army personal trainer, James Branham. He put us through an intense workout routine designed specifically for paintball players. James showed us workouts that focused on short bursts of speed, core strength and flexibility. After kicking our butts for a few hours, we got a tour of the local area, stopped by a few pro-player’s beach houses, ate a three-course meal prepared by chef Bear D’Egidio and hit the hay.
Days Three through Five: We drove to Camp Pendleton to train on the L.A. Ironmen’s home field. As we all geared up for our first day of paintball training, a mysterious van rolled up, and out jumped Todd Martinez and Rusty Glaze of Team Infamous. Full of knowledge and energy, the two veterans broke down the game of X-ball in a way that I had never heard it explained before.
Our coaches worked with each of us on an individual basis to make sure that we went home with a new take on paintball fundamentals. We drilled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and simultaneously received the best paintball instruction any of us had ever gotten in our lives.
“I’ve learned more in one week here then what I’ve learned during the three years I’ve been playing in Guatemala,” mentioned Crasher Matthew Nadle, age 15.
Day Six: After all of the hard work we had put in over the past few days, our hosts decided it was present time. Mysterious brown boxes were placed in the kitchen of our beach house, and to our surprise they were filled with custom threads for all of us. Personalized RAZA jerseys, PbFashion Headbands, HK Army T-shirts and stickers were all given out to us as if it were our birthdays. With massive smiles on our faces, and some “AGG” new gear to rock, the clinic continued.
Day Seven: S.C. Village was the final stop of our Crash at the Coast experience. Grinding on San Diego Aftermath’s home turf, we got more 1-on-1 training by Scott Kemp and Brandon Short of the Ironmen, as well as Justin “LJ” Schwartz of Infamous. Playing among these professional players at the most famous paintball park in the world was breathtaking. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we all enjoyed every second of and was a perfect way to top off the clinic.
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