What’s going on at Surf City Open

Pro Signings
Sacramento XSV Signing at Ninja Booth
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 am
Saturday 2:20 – 3:30 pm
(Giving an Air system away each day!)

San Diego Dynasty Signing at Pev’s San Diego/Dynasty Booth
Free Posters
Time to be announced at the event

Phoenix United T-Shirt Signing at Custom Products’ Truck
Saturday at 2:00 PM
Phoenix United T-Shirts can be purchased at the Phoenix United Booth, or the Pros will sign any article of your own that you would like autographed.

Indianapolis Mutiny Signing at the Sly Booth
Saturday at 11:00 AM

Nicky Cuba Hosting Live Webcast
Don’t miss a minute of the action from this weekend’s US Paintball League Surf City Open. Every game on Center Court Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be brought to you live hosted by Professional Paintball’s very own Nicky Cuba. For only $3.00 per day (or $7.00 for all three days) you can watch the Center Court action live from the beach and enjoy Nicky’s commentary and interviews with your favorite pro players.

Rusty Glaze MCs the Center Court Live Show
One of Southern California’s favorite pro players, Rusty Glaze of Los Angeles Infamous, will be switching things up in Huntington Beach. Instead of playing in front of thousands of fans on Center Court, he will be MCing every game in front of thousands of fans on Center Court. Those who purchase VIP passes will have a chance to sit with Rusty and add some commentary of their own.

Welcome to the VIP
For $45 per day, you can enjoy covered seating atop the Center Court grandstands, overlooking all the weekend’s hottest games with the ocean in the background as you enjoy an adult beverage with your favorite pro players. Hosted by the Pro Players, the VIP Deck will include the commentary booth for the webcast and live Center Court show – so don’t be surprised if you get asked to sit in and say a few words to your friends at home through the webcast. Tickets may be purchased at the Registration tent on-site. Grandstand passes are available also at the Registration tent for $10 per day or $15 for the weekend.

Player Party with Pros Guest Bartending
The first player party of the weekend will be Friday night at Beachfront bar and grill with drink specials from 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Beachfront is located at Main and Olive just across the street from Starbucks. Every half-hour from 8:00 – 11:00, a new set of 2 professional players will take over as bartenders. Having played all their prelim games during the day, they will be ready to unwind and have a good time. If you’re over 21, join us at Beachfront Friday night for drink specials and much more!

Reffing brought to you by the Pros
Could care less about the VIP and Player Parties because you plan on making it to Sunday? Then let’s talk reffing. After hand picking some of the most qualified professional referees out there to ref Center Court, many pro players will also be serving the cause by reffing every game on the Spyder and Eclipse field all weekend long.

Pro/Am Update
With only one day left to pick their pro, Division 7man teams have been sending in many requests for their favorite pro player to walk fields with them for an hour on Thursday and help support them during their second set of prelim games on Saturday. So far the following Pros have been spoken for:

Edmonton Impact
Josh Davey (Part-time Ninjas, D2)
Justin Cornell (The Fallen, D2)
Coach Bart Yachimec (Tombstonerecball Center, D3)

Los Angeles Infamous
Travis Lemanski (Internal Fury, D3)
Glenn Takemoto (Saiyan, D3)
Arnold Francisco (LA Collision, D2)

Sacramento XSV
Rich Telford – (Lancaster AGGRSSN, D3)
Thomas Taylor – (Breakout SLC, D2)
Junior Brown – (Davis XSV, D2)
Conrad Rangler – (Farside Kids, D2)

San Diego Dynasty
Alex Fraige – (Surge, D2)
Ryan Greenspan – (Fuzion, D2)
Yosh Rau – (EFFECTS, D3)
Davey Williamson – (Thug Life, D2)
Todd Martinez – (Vicious, D1)
Angel Fragoza – (Thug Life, D3)
Johnny Perchak – (Bad Intentionz, D3)
Justin Schwarz – (SC Karnage, D1)

DC Arsenal
JC Whittington (Team Revolution, D2)
Coach Tom Fore (Team Factory Black)

Oakland Blast
Kenny Tsuda (SCP Edge, D3)
Dave Baines (Black Cell, D2)
Bob Long – Coach (Team Retribution, D3)

Game Schedules Released
We would like to thank Chris Raehl of the APPA for handling all aspects of team registration and the schedule for this week’s event. Download the schedule for this weekend’s games. If your team is competing in this event, be sure to make any roster changes by end of day today or there will be a $20 fee to make changes at the event (Check-in begins onsite at 1:00 pm Thursday). Get those insurance waivers signed by parents, order your ID Cards on-line, pack your flip flops and grab some sunblock. The HB event is only hours away!

Almost Time for HB

It’s almost time for the first USPL event ever, Surf City Open at Huntington Beach.

The Good:

* New staging layout where teams stage at their field. Watch every game between your games from your very own team tent.
* The new event location makes games visible from the pier and the deck off of Sparks

* 200 ft. wide Grandstands on Center Court topped off with a massive VIP deck brought to you by the Pro Teams (tickets available at the event).

* Sunshine – forecast is 74 degrees with sunny skies

* Crowds – Just in time for Spring Break, the beach will be flooded with people checking out the games and tradeshow.

* Player Parties – The Pros have planned something special each night for all the teams and sponsors to enjoy (age restrictions may apply)

* Pro/Am – Each 7man team gets to choose one Pro Player to spend an hour on Thursday going over game plans and to help support their team on Saturday

* Support from key industry figures – President of the Adrenaline Force Tournament Series, Randy Bocelli, will be running the 5man portion of the event, industry sweetheart Stephanie Gray (2007 NPPL/XPSL Director of Membership Services) will be running registration along with Chris Raehl of APPA, Gary Baum of PaintballPhotography.com will be liaising with the Media, and the “Queen of Pump” Kristin Kleist will be running Sunday’s Pump tournament. All of the above are coming on board to support the US Paintball League and make sure this event is successful and enjoyed by all.

* Tradeshow – Massive compound from Spyder, NXe, BLAST, Custom Products, Planet Eclipse, the US Army, Sunday Clothing, Blackstar Paintball, Khrome, Facefull, Insane Paintballs, Energy Paintball, KM, Guerilla Air, Alien, Trinity, Azodin, Virtue Paintball, Ninja Paintball… full list coming soon!

* Excitement – the buzz is really building here in the OC. Large banners are draped across Main Street in Huntington and at the front of the Pier at famous Pier Plaza. Over ten thousand flyers have been passed around and calls are pouring in.

* Competition – Over 100 teams have signed up for this event from all over the World. They will be competing for the event title, points in their Eastern or Western Conference and overall points for the National Series. Not to mention the cash, trophy or bragging rights of course… 😉

The Bad: All good things must come to an end

* Team Registration closes this week! March 25, 2009 is the final day to get your team registered and paid in full.

* The event ends Sunday April 5, 2009 and everyone will need to return to work and school. Well, for a few weeks anyway until the DC Challenge kicks off in May!!

More USPL Updates

Pay by Wednesday night to avoid Price Increase
Be sure to pay for your team registration by this Wednesday night (March 11th) in order to avoid the next price hike of $100 per 7-man team or $50 per 5-man team. The final registration deadline for the April 3 – 5 Huntington Beach event is March 20th if you pay by check or March 25th if you pay by Credit Card.

Pump Division for Huntington Beach
The US Paintball League is pleased to announce that there will be a Pump Division for Huntington Beach. The pump games will all be played on Sunday, April 5th. Entry is $500

Never played D2 or higher? Then YOU are D3!
If you have never played D2 or higher in the NPPL or PSP, you can play in Division 3 7-man or Division 3 5-man for the entire US Paintball League 2009 Season (until you play in D2 or higher in a National event). Once you play on a Division 2 team, you will be classified as D2 and will not be able to play on a Division 3 team.

Pay by Check, Credit Card or PayPal
If you would like to pay for your team entry with a check, please make it out to US Paintball League and mail to:
US Paintball League
419 Main Street #342
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
All checks must be received no later than March 20, 2009. Credit Card and Paypal payments will be accepted until March 25th and can be paid for on-line at www.USPaintballLeague.com by clicking on “Registration”.

Team List – Over 100 teams already signed up!