TheBounce was started by Ben Karpinski back in December 2009. Driven by the Twitter account @followthebounce, Ben’s mission was to simply provide fresh and original content for sports fans in South Africa and beyond.
With content covering a variety of things pertaining to a sports life, he picked up numerous awards and accolades along the way, and has since branched off into various related roles such as: freelance sports writing, MC work and offering sports related content campaigns for brands. Most notably his role as the sports guy on Gareth Cliff's morning show on CliffCentral.com provided the freedom to air his sporting views and 'insights'.
Now more focused on the business side of sport, Ben co-founded the Retroactive Sports Agency with Bryan Habana and Mike Sharman. And further to that he and the Retroactive team launched the MatchKit sports platform where he functions as the head of content and athlete affairs.
Ben hopes to one day live in a South Africa where DJ Otzi is never ever ever played at live sports.
More about Ben:
Name: Ben Karpinski
Born: South Africa
Golf Handicap: Currently 2.3
Fan of: Springboks, Proteas, Stormers, Arsenal, Western Province, Rickie Fowler, European Ryder Cup Team
Sporting highlight: Jacques Kallis coming on to bowl with new hair.
Sporting lowlight: Losing to Bishops 3rd XV deep in injury time, at Bishops, in 1999.
Greatest Bok team of the modern era:
15: Percy Montgomerie 14: JP Pietersen 13: Jaque Fourie 12: Jean De Villiers 11: Bryan Habana 10: Henry Honiball 9: Fourie Du Preez 8: Duane Vermeulen 7: Pieter-Steph Du Toit 6: Francois Louw 5: Victor Matfield 4: Bakkies Botha 3: BJ Botha 2: John Smit (c) 1: Os Du Randt
Greatest Proteas Test team of the modern era:
1: Graeme Smith (c) 2: Hershelle Gibbs 3: Gary Kirsten 4: Hashim Amla 5: Jacques Kallis 6: AB de Villiers 7: Shaun Pollock 8: Mark Boucher 9: Vernon Philander 10: Dale Steyn 11: Allan Donald
5 favourite golf courses in South Africa: Gary Player Country Club, Fancourt Links, Leopard Creek, Royal J&K East, Pearl Valley
Fantasy golf fourball: Justin Timberlake, Daniel Tosh, Rickie Fowler
Sports event bucket list: The Masters
Dream 2 car garage: Red Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta and a White BMW X5 3.0d
General Likes: Cold draught in summer, travel, cars, gadgets that make you anti-social, original sports content, Cobra golf clubs, being able to play sport, hi-top sneakers, cats, series. the wild.
General Dislikes: Rugby commentators using football terms – as rugby terms, Bubba Watson, excessive use of clichés, people asking for ReTweets, press releases, self-indulgent people, traffic, uncontrollable drunks, Dj Otzi, people singing along to DJ Otzi.
Female celebrity out: Alexandra Daddario
If you could live the life of any sports star currently it would be: Rickie Fowler
Favourite month of the year: December
Sushi or steak: Sushi
Cook-in or eat-out: Cook-in
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