Beautiful images by Shelly at http://shutterbug94549.smugmug.com/Galleries
The 2015 West Coast Kettlebell Classic was our most personal and dare we say, intimate event to date. Every volunteer in the house- from the strongest set-up crew ever, (Newton, Lisa M., Wendy, Paula, Surya, Christian, Sharon, Matt A., Nicki, and Guy Navellier every year!), coolest judges (Linda, Clint, Doug, and Master Kirk!), calm and collected ushers (Karina, Abby, Susan), fastidious and compassionate score keepers (excel queens Brenda and Sherry), retail sales power-women (Stephanie and Paula), countdowns and mic support (Joanna you’re the sweetest), and of course the incredible take-down crew (Lisa B., Earle, Sally, Susan, Doug, Greg, Ann B., and the Sarintra family every year!)– put their hearts and souls into their contributions to this meet, enabling every lifter in attendance to let their guards down, feel at home, and enjoy their moment.
WE GIVE THANKS TO EACH ONE OF YOU. Simply amazing.
Our sponsors made this event sparkle too!
Tencue is a company full of real heroes (Miriam A., Nick G., and Kristen L.) who know how to make dreams come to life on a grand scale;
Semifreddi’s (wow Shai-El! delivered enough delicious pastries to feed us all for two days);
Title Nine (we heart you Dana and Missy!) thank you for the generous $100 gift cards and long-standing support of the Ice Chamber;
Tacubaya (Dona your support and delicious food means the world to everyone in this community every year);
East Bay Judo Institute’s podiums, scale, tables, and chairs were the backbone of the meet (Sayaka you give to us in ways we can’t begin to express in this short sentence, thank you and Ken for your many contributions beyond KB);
Benchmark Pizzeria (Melissa S. & Peter, who constantly give back to kettlebell sport in every way possible, your pizzeria is a neighborhood treasure, thank you!);
Kermitt Lynch Wines added so much elegance to the winner’s awards (Melissa F. & Mark C. we will miss you like crazy very soon!);
Bolt, Keenley, Kim LLP (Jim and Emily, thank you for supporting the West Coast Classic again and thank god you live across the street from Bear so no more commute to IC!);
Tile Shop (Lisa B. you thanked us for welcoming your favorite mountain bikers, but we OWE YOU);
The UPS Store in Berkeley (Sylvia, you’re one of our biggest 6AM bootcamp supporters– kettlebells are too cold for timed sets at that hour, yet you still show love to the kettlebell lifters who arrive after you);
Imperial Brands – Sobieski Vodka is by far one of our favorite sponsors (Stephanie, thanks to your contribution every year, dozens of lifters leave with a smile while hundreds of people here enjoy flavored vodka now);
Sports Basement’s – gift certificates and booth added the fancy we needed;
Iron Bell Fitness love was in the house again except this time with their new Kettle Kozie too! (Linda we were drafted into special parenthood, thank you for you continued support of the IC and for our family at home);
KettleGuard – advertising and community outreach;
American Kettlebell Alliance thank you for your continued efforts to grow kettlebell sport.