PJ on Tour @ CBX Brazil - June 2017
APC has been in business for more than 4 years and is known as a great scenario field in Brasil. Owner Julio Lima was ready with a shot of the local nectar, Cachaca upon my arrival at the field. After a brief tour of APC we headed to a lakehouse where I would be staying for the next couple of days. The view was incredible but the ducks were quite rude always quacking for food. Anyways ,I unpacked and got everything ready for the tournament.
Circuito Brasileiro do Xball (CBX) is the premier speedball league in Brasil. Rodrigo Araujo has done a fantastic job with this league. This is CBX's 3rd year and they are steady and strong. nearly 40 teams came from cities across Brasil, Recife, Rio, Belo Horizonte, Ribeirao Preto and to many more to list. Brasil has some of the strongest Paintball teams in South America.
Brasil has always had an infatuation with Planet Eclipse markers. And you can clearly see that at the event. Planet Eclipse owners account for more than 65% of the market in Brasil. Team Papaletto has been a sponsored team since I came to Brasil for the first time in 2009. But the list is long in Brasil for Planet Eclipse stable teams. Spyder, BOOM, Arena Dodge, Vikings, Bushido, INK to name just a few and all of our teams were ready for a crack at the crown.
The games were played on a regulation size NXL SupAirball field complete with scoreboards in the main field and pit areas. Nothing like watching predators in their habitat. Head Ref Edmilson Freitas (Japa) and his crew handled ref duties beautifully. These guys and girls are one the best Ref squads in South America. They kept the event running smooth and the teams rolling. These refs don't play around neither :-)
The time came to seperate the men from the boys Finals!!
In D3 Open it was Papaletto vs Jungle Boys and what a game! After time ran out with the score even at 2pts each, they went to sudden death. Papaletto showed they were hungry and walked away with the crown and the bragging rights..
In D5 it was Gunslingers with the trophy followed by Pirraias in 2nd..
In the new D500 it was Maniaks going home with the gold. In 2nd place was Spyder Venom followed by their sister team Spyder Black in 3rd. Podium finishes were dominated by Planet Eclipse teams and rightfully so.
After the awards ceremony I packed up and celebrated with my teams with nothing else but CACHACA!!!!
Hope to see everyone at the next CBX stop on September 8-10 2017...Congratulations to all of our teams. Thank you APC, CBX and Planet Eclipse...