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Protective Paintball Gear : History of Paintball

Hi. My name is Robert Stewart, with hill13.com,
a recent addition to the Austin, Texas paintball scene. Today, we’re going to be talking a
little bit about paintball. We’re going to start with a little bit of the history of
paintball. It’s now the fastest growing extreme sport in the U.S. It’s the number one ranked
extreme sport in the U.S., as well. The average demographic runs from about 17 to 35. And
over the past 15, 16 years, the sport has grown from a very niche market to something
mass market that the equipment is now sold in most major department stores. The basics
of paintball begin with the beginning of paintball, which was, as I said, less than two decades
ago. Hayes Noel, a gentleman in the Midwest, found in an agricultural catalog, a paint
marker, single shot paint marker, pump-style. And it was used by cattlemen and lumber people
to mark cows and to mark trees. So he thought it would be a great idea for him and a friend
of his to invest in a couple of these. They took them out in the woods, and from the very
first day when they walked out of the woods, they knew they had found something. And the
rest, as they say, is history. Nowadays, paintball has become very specialized. You have people
that are devoted to speed ball versus wood ball, pro, pro-am, and then your general weekend
warriors that are usually walk-on players at rental fields around the country. So, now
the sport has taken on the mantle of being the number one extreme sport. And it is critical
that those people that are new to the sport, coming in for the first time, know some of
the basics so they can stay safe, have a good time, and uphold the reputation of paintball.

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