Joseph Burdis ’07 has had a varied career working in the film industry, in sales at his father’s woodworking machinery company, and at a paintball field in his hometown of Poughkeepsie, NY. While he still works at Taylor Manufacturing, it was paintball that led Burdis to finally hit his target.
“That is where I really caught the bug,” Burdis says. There, he connected with friends and successfully tried out for a local team, who made a name for themselves in the New England Paintball League (NEPL). Burdis eventually moved up to the National X-ball League (NXL), competing on the national circuit for the Stingray Allstars. This culminated in a fourth place finish for the Allstars at the 2016 World Cup.
“I then made another trip to Australia for their final event of the year, where we finished sixth, and I had the distinct honor of being the first American to be voted onto the Super7s league Dream Team,” Burdis says. Since then, it has only gotten better.
Burdis has now committed to a full pro paintball season in Australia with team Frequency. Prior to this achievement, he had the chance to play on the pro level in Australia twice and compete in a London event that he went on to win. Burdis will be going to the London event again after his season in Australia, and then will play a full U.S. season before joining Team USA in Malaysia this October.
Aside from excelling in his paintball career, Burdis assists paintball company HK Army alongside paintball pros at multi-day clinics called Crash at the Coast. Burdis is sponsored by HK Army and can be seen using their gear, markers, and paint whenever he’s on the field.