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Old 12-04-2008, 09:26 PM #1
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" Heard today that Huntington Beach has banned paintball from the beach for environmental reasons. Chris Raehl. We are seeking official confirmation from the City of HB. Details forthcoming. "

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"Controversial paintball tournament cancelled
December 2nd, 2008, 3:14 pm · 16 Comments · posted by Laylan Connelly, staff writer

A controversial paintball tournament in Huntington Beach that had environmentalists upset because of balls of paint scattered on the sand afterward will not be returning next year.
“Certainly, we have a lot of events gong on. It’s always been a controversial event for us,” said city spokeswoman Laurie Payne.
The Super 7 World Series of Paintball tournament – usually held in March – for the past six years brings in about 70,000 spectators to the sand, along with 1,500 players who battle it out on courts.

The event is put on by the National Professional Paintball League, and includes amateurs and professionals.
The city was just informed about the news Monday, with tournament organizers citing budget constraints.


“It’s a good financial generator,” Payne said. But having the event gone: “It’s not going to kill us.”

The event last year brought in about $480,000 to the city.

The three-day event had its critics.

This year, Mike Martin was driving down Pacific Coast Highway when orange paint splattered under his wheel well, tires and bumper.

“The street was covered in them, you couldn’t dodge them,” he said at the time. “They were still cracking and popping and squirting all over.”

Crewmembers would spend days picking up paintballs, starting at 6 a.m. to midnight to clean up the aftermath, scooping them up with shovels and plucking the balls from the sand. The balls are biodegradable.

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I will update accordingly...

Personally I was hoping that PSP would take up HB as their first event of the season, but guess not.
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:45 PM #2
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well the did site in the aritcle that my balls are biodegradable but still said the event was being canceled due to environmental risks...
tree huggers are the least educated bunch of people I have ever known about.
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:48 PM #3
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:51 PM #4
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Could be the straw that broke the camels back? *shrugs* Especially if the NPPL heard about this last week..

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Old 12-04-2008, 10:02 PM #5
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Paintballs are biodegradable...ugh
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:09 PM #6
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"The event last year brought in about $480,000 to the city."
Wow

They should run the event themselves
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:18 PM #7
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3,000 paintballers * 3 nights * $100 night = $900,000.

Hotel alone.

Paintball events are a big impact wherever they are held.

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Old 12-04-2008, 10:34 PM #8
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doesn't say they cancelled it for environmental reasons tho. THey said the NPPL cancelled it citing budget issues.
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Old 12-04-2008, 11:30 PM #9
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that's true but the add focuses largely on the environmental impact of paintball
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Seems to me they canceled the event because the NPPL pulled out. Simple as that. They brought the environmental issues up to help make everyone feel better that they had just lost revenue for the city, but hey look - no more environmental issue - isn't that good.
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:52 AM #12
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:40 PM #13
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How can it be controversial? Because some guy ran over paint that washes away? Cuz people find biodegradable paintballs in the sand?

Didn't HB used to have a huge problem with hypodermic needles washing up?
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yeah well it dont matter know cause NPPL went in bankruptcy. so now they are done. PSP is only left.
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3,000 paintballers * 3 nights * $100 night = $900,000.

Hotel alone.

Paintball events are a big impact wherever they are held.

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Chris, You know real ballers can fit 15 people in one hotel room costing $30 a night. That 900K just went 18K...

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Didn't HB used to have a huge problem with hypodermic needles washing up?
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:52 PM #18
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this is rediculous.
i mean, i guess its no different than the nppl being gone anyways, but at the same time, no other league will be able to pick up the already popular venue.
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:13 PM #19
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No its not...everyone in that community hates paintballers...when you go there if you say paintballers everyone glares at you...months later paintballs are still on the beach, its not like 1 million paintballs biodegrade in a month. Basically the town is saying thanks but no thanks, they aren't interested.

Now would another town be? Possible, but who knows... But what I do know is most of the people that use the beaches despise the paintball event. You would too if it wasn't "your sport".
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:37 PM #20
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If the source of information is the article, then it says nothing about HB banning paintball. It just says what we already know: that the event was cancelled by the NPPL, not the city. "The city was just informed about the news Monday, with tournament organizers citing budget constraints."
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Did half of you people even read the article? It says that the event was cancelled by the NPPL, not the city. "The city was just informed about the news Monday, with tournament organizers citing budget constraints."
The title of this thread is incorrect.
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