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367--California: Norcal Strongman Competition
@ Site News     Aug 07 2006 - 14:32 PST
Cherie writes: The 3rd Annual Norcal Strongman Competition was held on the shore of Santa Cruz Beach on August 5, 2006. Hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the strongmen (and strong ladies!) compete in 5 events: the clean and press, the tire flip, the sandbag carry, dead-lift reps, and finally…the dramatic boat pull. The top 4 contestants finished the day off with a one-on-one tug of war.

We spent the day watching sweat pour, muscles bulge, and men achieve amazing feats like dragging boats (with their passengers!) across the hot Santa Cruz sand. The Strongman is not only a will of muscles, it is a will of minds. Expertly announced by pro athlete Shannon Harnett, this was one crazy event to watch!

In the Heavy Weight division the winners were: 1. Evan Hansman, 2. Fred Cordova, and 3. Jaco Vlok from The Freak Factory. In the Light Weight divison Ty Roberts took first place followed by Chase Pierson in second and Fernando Palazzo in third. Kristin Rhodes took the women’s competition beating second place finisher Marilyn Mickey and Kanas strongwoman Michelle Smith. Read Complete Story

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Cherie with Strongwoman announcer Shannon Harnett, 10-time Highland Games World Champion and member of the US Bobsled team.  But really, who is in better shape?

Cherie with Strongwoman announcer Shannon Harnett, 10-time Highland Games World Champion and member of the US Bobsled team. But really, who is in better shape?

The 3rd Annual Norcal Strongman Strength Competition was held near the boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California on August 5th.

The 3rd Annual Norcal Strongman Strength Competition was held near the boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California on August 5th.

Jaco Vlok at 6'4" and 308 pounds competes in the "Clean and Press" for repitions.

Jaco Vlok at 6'4" and 308 pounds competes in the "Clean and Press" for repitions.

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.--Audre Lorde

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.--Audre Lorde

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.--Louis Pasteur

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.--Louis Pasteur

Kevin Kinzy, the heart and soul of the Freak Factory, competes in the Clean and Press.

Kevin Kinzy, the heart and soul of the Freak Factory, competes in the Clean and Press.

Kevin Kinzy makes it look easy.

Kevin Kinzy makes it look easy.

Fred Cordova.
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do no pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks."--Phillips Brooks

Fred Cordova. "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do no pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks."--Phillips Brooks

The lift.

The lift.

The push.

The push.

Jon Hergert.
"Never, never, never give up."--Winston Churchill

Jon Hergert. "Never, never, never give up."--Winston Churchill

2006 Norcal Strongman Heavy Weight Champion Evan Hansman.
"It’s a very funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."--William Somerset Maugham

2006 Norcal Strongman Heavy Weight Champion Evan Hansman. "It’s a very funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."--William Somerset Maugham

Pro althele Shannon Harnett's thighs.

Pro althele Shannon Harnett's thighs.

The Strongman Competition isn't just for men.

The Strongman Competition isn't just for men.

Michelle Smith drives from Kansas to California to compete in Strongman.

Michelle Smith drives from Kansas to California to compete in Strongman.

The smallest of all the competitors, Marilyn Mickey was one of the crowd favorites.

The smallest of all the competitors, Marilyn Mickey was one of the crowd favorites.

Marilyn Mickey is lifting a 110-pound log over her head, and doing multiple reps.

Marilyn Mickey is lifting a 110-pound log over her head, and doing multiple reps.

Marilyn Mickey's face of determination.

Marilyn Mickey's face of determination.

In the tire flip, massive tires weighing 650-pounds are flipped 5 times (end over end) down the beach.

In the tire flip, massive tires weighing 650-pounds are flipped 5 times (end over end) down the beach.

Lightweight Pro Scott Brengal was the main judge and score-keeper. 
"It’s a very funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."--William Somerset Maugham

Lightweight Pro Scott Brengal was the main judge and score-keeper. "It’s a very funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."--William Somerset Maugham

Strategy: Get a hold of the tire, dig into the sand, and flip.

Strategy: Get a hold of the tire, dig into the sand, and flip.

The only way to find the limits of the possible is by going beyond them to the impossible.--Arthur C. Clarke

The only way to find the limits of the possible is by going beyond them to the impossible.--Arthur C. Clarke

Strongman spectator.

Strongman spectator.

There is no doubt that these are strong men.

There is no doubt that these are strong men.

Agony etched into the competitior's face.

Agony etched into the competitior's face.

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great mean, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.--Charles De Gaulle

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great mean, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.--Charles De Gaulle

What do you want to do this weekend?  Watch big guys flip tires across the beach?

What do you want to do this weekend? Watch big guys flip tires across the beach?

Raw strength is a beautiful thing.

Raw strength is a beautiful thing.

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great mean, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.--Charles De Gaulle

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great mean, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.--Charles De Gaulle

Marilyn Mickey took 2nd place in the women's competition.

Marilyn Mickey took 2nd place in the women's competition.

In this competition, your inner strength must match your outter strength.

In this competition, your inner strength must match your outter strength.

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.--Jim Rohn

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.--Jim Rohn

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.--the Buddha

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.--the Buddha

Shannon Harnett won the masters nationals for OLYMPIC LIFTING in 2005.

Shannon Harnett won the masters nationals for OLYMPIC LIFTING in 2005.

The next event is the grueling Sandbag Carry.

The next event is the grueling Sandbag Carry.

He who lives without discipline dies without honor.--Icelandic Proverb

He who lives without discipline dies without honor.--Icelandic Proverb

Go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will see farther.--Orison Swett Marden

Go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will see farther.--Orison Swett Marden

It takes two "big" volunteers to pick up the Heavy Weight sandbag.

It takes two "big" volunteers to pick up the Heavy Weight sandbag.

How far can you carry a bag of sand (while walking in the sand?)

How far can you carry a bag of sand (while walking in the sand?)

Hold on tight.

Hold on tight.

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.--Roger Bannister

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.--Roger Bannister

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.--Helen Keller

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.--Helen Keller

A big man, a big blue sky, and a big bag of sand.

A big man, a big blue sky, and a big bag of sand.

Finished!

Finished!

Hamish Moir.
"A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's heaven for?"--Robert Browning

Hamish Moir. "A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's heaven for?"--Robert Browning

Justin Hunter is in the moment lugging a 250-pound bag of sand across the beach.

Justin Hunter is in the moment lugging a 250-pound bag of sand across the beach.

Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities.--Terry Josephson

Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities.--Terry Josephson

Hold on, Kevin.

Hold on, Kevin.

Three of the competitors in Strongman were strong women.

Three of the competitors in Strongman were strong women.

A brief pause.

A brief pause.

First place winner Kristen Rhodes gives it all she's got.

First place winner Kristen Rhodes gives it all she's got.

Don't ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back.--Proverb

Don't ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back.--Proverb

A big shot is a little shot that kept shooting.--Anonymous

A big shot is a little shot that kept shooting.--Anonymous

Cherie and Caitlyn...if you could only see how strong our hearts are!

Cherie and Caitlyn...if you could only see how strong our hearts are!

We can't flex too much, or we'll bust the seams in our shirts.

We can't flex too much, or we'll bust the seams in our shirts.

Future "Strongman" in training.

Future "Strongman" in training.

That's one strong boy!

That's one strong boy!

Watching the Strongman was Brook's idea.

Watching the Strongman was Brook's idea.

Kevin.

Kevin.

Shannon Harnett, the Strongman announcer.

Shannon Harnett, the Strongman announcer.

Dead lifting 500-pounds.

Dead lifting 500-pounds.

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight--it's the size of the fight in the dog.--Dwight D. Eisenhower

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight--it's the size of the fight in the dog.--Dwight D. Eisenhower

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.--Anonymous

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.--Anonymous

The successful man is the average man, focused.--Anonymous

The successful man is the average man, focused.--Anonymous

The will to prepare is more important than the will to win.--Levell Edwards

The will to prepare is more important than the will to win.--Levell Edwards

Is there a strong man inside everyone?  Strongman Michael Germanis knows that there is one inside of him.

Is there a strong man inside everyone? Strongman Michael Germanis knows that there is one inside of him.

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.--Joshua J. Marine

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.--Joshua J. Marine

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.--William Ellery Channing

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.--William Ellery Channing

Michael Germanis using every ounce of his incredible strength.

Michael Germanis using every ounce of his incredible strength.

Strongmen havin' fun.

Strongmen havin' fun.

How many reps can you do?

How many reps can you do?

Finding the power within.

Finding the power within.

Kristen Rhodes did an incredible 12 reps in the deadlift competition.

Kristen Rhodes did an incredible 12 reps in the deadlift competition.

The face of Fernando Palazzo's pain is also the face of persistence.

The face of Fernando Palazzo's pain is also the face of persistence.

There is no doubt the Marilyn is a powerful force to reckon with.

There is no doubt the Marilyn is a powerful force to reckon with.

Spectators Kevin and Brook. "This was worth waking up early for!"

Spectators Kevin and Brook. "This was worth waking up early for!"

Kevin with pro athlete Shannon Harnett.  But the real question is: Who weighs more?

Kevin with pro athlete Shannon Harnett. But the real question is: Who weighs more?

Birds flock to strongmen like previous champion Kevin Kinzy.

Birds flock to strongmen like previous champion Kevin Kinzy.

Kevin gets a parrot peck.

Kevin gets a parrot peck.

The male species comes in all shapes and sizes.

The male species comes in all shapes and sizes.

A day at the beach.

A day at the beach.

Girls chillin' in a beached boat.

Girls chillin' in a beached boat.

A female volunteer is ready to get pulled down the beach by a strongman.

A female volunteer is ready to get pulled down the beach by a strongman.

This is one wild ride she won't forget.

This is one wild ride she won't forget.

Let the pulling begin.

Let the pulling begin.

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.--Franklin D. Roosevelt

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.--Franklin D. Roosevelt

Feel the pain, but don't let it dominate.

Feel the pain, but don't let it dominate.

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.--Tommy Lasorda

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.--Tommy Lasorda

There is no water in this boat race.

There is no water in this boat race.

Brook, Kevin and Mike enjoy the Strongman Competition.

Brook, Kevin and Mike enjoy the Strongman Competition.

Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can.--Henry Drummond

Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can.--Henry Drummond

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.--Bernice Johnson Reagon

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.--Bernice Johnson Reagon

Freak Factory's Kevin Kinzy is prepared to pull.

Freak Factory's Kevin Kinzy is prepared to pull.

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.--Voltaire

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.--Voltaire

Fortune favors the brave.--Publius Terence

Fortune favors the brave.--Publius Terence

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.--Confucius

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.--Confucius

One step at a time.

One step at a time.

We are still masters of our fate.  We are still captains of our souls.--Winston Churchill

We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.--Winston Churchill

Ty Roberts.
"Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings."--Ralph Blum

Ty Roberts. "Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings."--Ralph Blum

Marilyn was cheered by her husband, who was also entered in the Strongman Competition.

Marilyn was cheered by her husband, who was also entered in the Strongman Competition.

You go girl!

You go girl!

The final act was a Tug of War.

The final act was a Tug of War.

Settling things the old fashioned way.

Settling things the old fashioned way.

The one-on-one battle between the strongest.

The one-on-one battle between the strongest.

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.--George Herman "Babe" Ruth

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.--George Herman "Babe" Ruth

First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do.--Epictetus

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.--Epictetus

Kevin pulls with all his might.

Kevin pulls with all his might.

Fall seven times, stand up eight.--Japanese proverb

Fall seven times, stand up eight.--Japanese proverb