Surfing indoors typically requires an open-face waterbed and a high-powered hair dryer, but not at Surf Xtreme. The recreation center’s automated surf simulator, the Flowrider, creates the illusion of surfing with shallow, fast-moving water, which flows at speeds of up to 30 mph. Constructed of a trampoline-like material, the floor cushions falls as effectively as the marshmallow floors of Candy Land’s retirement homes, and CPR-certified attendants ensure surfers cruise safely through the ride’s heated waters.
For a break from aquatic shenanigans, guests can bound about the 2,400-square-foot trampoline area that flanks the simulator. Kids and adults can cavort with unrestrained glee, ricocheting off the walls bordered by protective padding. Alternatively, youngsters can take to the paintball field, whose customizable bunkers can be configured for games of Capture the Flag or Last Man Standing.
During his 17-year-long professional paintballing career, Micah McGlocklin clinched five championships, including one with Sacramento XSV, a team he formed in 2003. He has more than 12 years of experience operating paintball fields, and this technical expertise paired with his obvious passion for the sport is evident in the facilities at Davis Paintball. Eager to introduce others to the joys of chromatic chaos, Micah and his staff walk novices through the game’s rules, equipment, and safety tips. Newbies are then organized into teams for refereed bouts on one of nine fields spread across 40 acres. As tenderfoots test out their paintballing skills on fields such as Four Corners and Center Castle—where a roomy distance separates opponents—advanced players can compete in more compact spaces at two hyperball fields, an airball field, and a paint-soaked broom closet.
Paint flies all weekend long at Antioch Paintball Park, as teams of players vie for control of two fields littered with hay-bale obstacles or Sup'Air bunkers. Large nets next to the field protect observers and wayward butterflies from paintballs. The field boasts a large grill area for teammates to tell colorful war stories while eating grilled hot dogs and gulping down energy drinks after a quick rinse in the onsite showers.
Professional paintball player Dave "The Beast" Bains competes in tournaments around the world, but he always comes back to his family's paintball park to share tips with newcomers or referee a game. Some days, he'll pick up a marker and take to the sprawling arena himself, joining other guests as they scramble past giant spools, towering inflatable bumpers, and gigantic tunnels. The sounds of whizzing paintballs and laughter resound across the park's eight fields as players duck behind castle walls and roll over turf and grass. After games, they'll retire to the staging area and rest beneath the shaded picnic area or cool off in the gentle spray of water misters.
Dave and his staff open the fields to guests aged 10 and older, assigning groups of players to separate games according to skill and experience level. They equip guests with professional markers, paintballs, and protective gear.
West Coast Adventure Park spans hundreds of acres, unsoiled by human hands except for minor fortifications, some dirt trails, and a few paint splotches. The property contains five different arenas where paintball players of all skill levels test their reflexes and marksmanship. The park’s owners host three types of contests, ranging from casual bouts of players matched by experience level to fast-paced tournaments on small fields. They also host tactical play, engaging hundreds of players at once in simulated military missions.
Most of the fields’ titles describe the type of terrain that competitors can expect, with names such as Ravine, Village, Lagoon, and Maze. The final field bears the simple and ominous moniker of Evil, perhaps a description of its difficult landscape or a reference to the fact that it was consecrated with the spilt contents of 1,000 red paintballs.
At various points throughout its history, the cavernous interior of Hermann Sons' Hall has served as a schoolhouse, a roller rink, and a music hall. Today, the echoes of those past incarnations can hardly be heard over the whizzing of paintballs as players take cover from multicolored crossfire behind manmade barriers. Shooters All-Season Paintball’s owners have certainly put their mark on the building, which now joins five outdoor battlefields as part of their sprawling paintball complex.
When they aren’t crouching behind the indoor field’s obstacles, players test their luck against the trees and thickets outside on more than 23 acres, enlisting woodland creatures as scouts and greeting opponents with a barrage of paintballs as they emerge from their leafy hiding places. Shooters is also redesigning their attach & defend field to go along with the newly redesigned and enlarged hyperball field. Showing respect and gratitude to Mother Nature for allowing them to play in her backyard, the company equips players with eco-friendly, nontoxic paintballs and biodegradable BBs. Shaded picnic areas allow visitors a chance to rest and relax after working up an appetite on the fields.