The Bounce
Doing it for the fans

Behind TheBounce

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 contentcampaigns for brands. He is also the sports guy on Gareth Cliff's morning show on CliffCentral.com where he gets the freedom to air his sporting views and 'insights'.

Ben hopes to one day live in a South Africa where the Boks don’t play a kick and chase game, merit is the only selection process for sports teams, and DJ Otzi is never ever ever played at live sports. 

Ben profile

More about Ben:

Name: Ben Karpinski

Born: South Africa

Age: 34

Golf Handicap: Currently 6

Home golf course: Royal Johannesburg and Kensington 

Fan of: Springboks, Proteas, Stormers, Arsenal, Western Province, Rickie Fowler, European Ryder Cup Team

Sporting highlight: 1995 Rugby World Cup

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: Andre Venter 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, Samuel L Jackson, Rickie Fowler

Sports event bucket list: The Masters

Dream 2 car garage: Red Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta and a White BMW X5 3.0d

Ideal 3 pet household: Chocolate Labrador, black Labrador, mixed breed cat with character

General Likes: Cold draught in summer, cars, gadgets that connect you to the world, original sports content, passionate people, Cobra golf clubs, being able to play sport, jeans, hi-top sneakers, dogs and cats, series.

General Dislikes: Dennis Hutchinson’s golf commentary, Rugby commentators using fuckin’ football terms – as rugby terms, Bubba Watson, excessive use of clichés, people asking for ReTweets, being sent endless press releases, self-indulgent people, traffic, uncontrollable drunks, Dj Otzi, people singing along to DJ Otzi.

Female celebrity out: Kate Quigley

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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