Thank you to EVERY athlete, judge, staff member, sponsor, and organization that helped make the 2016 West Coast Classic another amazing event. We also want to salute all the participants and supporters who travelled here on Super Bowl 50 / Lunar New Year weekend which also included a hometown star-studded Golden State Warriors game– an incredible time for the Bay Area!
Thankfully for our kettlebell enthusiasts from Alberta Canada, Chicago, Nanaimo, Ohio, Colorado, North Carolina, New York, and St. Louis, the weather was perfect. With the El Niño rain this year, California is finally green in more ways than one!
First, a special shout out to the American Kettlebell Alliance, IUKL, Benchmark Pizzeria, Tencue, Semifreddi’s, Bolt-Keenley-Kim, Dosu Wines, Tile Shop, Iron Bell Fitness, Title Nine, Sports Basement, Sobieski Vodka, Tacubaya, and KettleGuard! Sponsors make magic happen.
This annual gathering would not be possible without the generous people working behind the scenes. As always, we are deeply grateful for our friends and volunteers: Nicki Nga (our hometown hero), Newton, Guy N., Ann B., Nick B., Colleen, Shai-El, Paula, Steph the Passion, Remy, Brianna, Joanna, Julie B., Surya, Doug and Susan, Sherry, Chip, Sara, EBJI Crew, Sayaka, Margaret, and Lorraine. If we missed anyone, email us asap! People matter.
Noteworthy national records were set this year including Melissa Swanson’s new North American absolute record: 153 reps 24kg snatch, Misty Shearer’s new Canadian absolute record: 75 reps 28kg Long Cycle, Brittany van Schravendijk’s 63kg weight class national record: 154 reps 20kg snatch, and Chris Doenlen’s new national record: 243 points 24kg biathlon. For a complete overview of all records and scores, please reference the protocol below.