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radpin Sunday, May 23rd, 2004
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: N/A
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Weekend warriors, mr. paintball, camp pendelton
Review: So we got here an hour early, driving from San Diego. First off, from downtown San Diego it only took 25 minutes to get there, so it's actualy the closest field to center city San Diego.

We show up, and there are dudes raking the shells and trash off the course. Everything is spotless. It even looks like they wash the paint off all the barricades at night or something, cause there's none of that pink/blue/yellow splatter everywhere.

The courses are phenominal, and here's a rough breakdown:

- Two hyper ball courses (stacked and layed down plastic ribbed tubes). Probably the best hyper ball courses I've ever seen.

- One "spools" course, which although spools normally is boring, this one is so big that it's pretty fun.

- Columbia, which is the super duper woods course. A lot of fun.

- Kuwait, which is this mad max style place, which is a ton of fun.

- Air ball, a lot of fun. I'm not even an airball kinda guy, but eventually it was a blast.

- This long , long, long, long "village" course, which is the only one we didn't get a chance to play, but we'll do it next time. We walked and checked it out, and it looks cool as hell.

But the real difference was the people. In addition to the staff being incredibly cordial and nice, the other players were very cool. There were a few clowns who were more concerned with being "pros" than having fun, but that crap happens everywhere. We were about to start a game 2 on 5, because the "team" of five didn't want to split up at all. But once some more people started showing up, we didn't really have to deal with it anymore.

The refs make $15 a day, and are mainly kids from TJ. If you get a ref to be with you the whole day (like me and my friend did), the dude will act as a translator, and get you into whatever games on whatever fields you want to. Plus they are awesome for paint checks and what not.

I didn't really notice anyone shooting hot, but chrono wasn't enforced. There was a station to check yourself, but I say maybe half of the walkons with gear used it. Also, keep your mask on, because people shoot all over the place. It might seem unsafe, but honestly the guys shooting are aware of you, and aren't shooting even remotely in your direction. It took some getting used to, but it's all fine.

The biggest thing I'd say to get used to, and is so much different than US fields, is that down there it's more laid back and chill, and you can just talk to some dudes about playing a course, and then just walk over there. It's not like in the states where the ref is some kind of authority figure, setting the timelines and picking the courses. The ref is in charge on the field, but you paid to play there, so they should (and at baja paintball are) EXTREMELY cool about hooking you up with whatever you want.

Again, the refs make $15 a day, and bust their ass. It's up to you to handle it whatever you want, but I slipped ours $20, and my friend did $10, because that kid was working for us the entire day. Shadowed us like crazy, responded to all our paint check requests, got us the fields and games we wanted, etc.

Go to baja paintball. Don't be stupid and be all scared about driving into Mexico with your stuff. It's only 15 minutes south of the border, on a busy street. One thing to note though, the last two-three minutes getting to (and then back from) the field requires you to go over this GNARLY dirt road, so don't drive so fast.

And here are the directions, from one of the owners, on how to get down there (from the 5 south border crossing):

Hello, our field is located in the old road to Rosarito, NOT the toll road, so going into Tijuana you will go straight following the sign that says ZONA RIO, you will stop with a round about that looks like big scissors with a Mc Donalds to the right, but you will keep on going straight, before getting to the second round about you will see a big building to the right that is all black glass, after that you will see a sign that says Rosarito / Ensanada (this sign changed a bit, but you'll see a blatent highway sign after the big black building, which you can see from a mile away. Once you make the right, a block ahead will show that you're on the way to rosarito) and you go to the right, you will drive thru the city without taking any more turns, you go all straight for about 10-15 minutes, you will be exiting the city and pass under a couple of big bridges going towards rosarito, after passing a military base on your right you will pretty soon see a big blue water tube standing vertically straight that says Rosarito booster system 2, after that you will se a sign that says Baja Paintball and you take a right there, you will take that exit, go straight, and after a dip you will see another sign that says baja paintball and you take another right on the dirt road, go on that dirt road for 5 minutes and you will find our field. thanks, Karlo

This field of course gets a 10.

Cost = excellent ($15)
Service = excellent (get your own ref!)
Location = excellent (close to san diego)
Safety = excellent (even though it's not the "USA" way to do things, it works)
Rental stuff = excellent (they rent autocockers!)

Review Comments
jesse47bc Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004 | 1:50 am PST
Great review all around. U sure they didn't pay you for that? J/k

rrrrrrrrr Wednesday, March 30th, 2005 | 6:38 pm PST

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