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South Jersey 4 (Saturday, July 15th)

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John McCarter

I'm getting excited for this contest. Going to meet so many different people.

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Tank Andrade

Happy to help with whatever you need Nate.

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acromegaman

I'm willing to help out wherever needed Nate. If I need to sleep in the hotel conference room and protect the goodies I will ūüėČ

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anwnate
5 hours ago, Jedd Johnson said:

I'm happy to judge as long as I don't have to sit down.  It always kills my back.  Would rather be able to just stand and/or lean against something.

Sweet!  Red shirt for you sir.  With your experience, I'll definitely have you on one side judging grippers. Thanks.

4 hours ago, John McCarter said:

I'm getting excited for this contest. Going to meet so many different people.

Hell yeah.  It's turning into a GripBoard Reunion.  I've met a lot of gripsters...but so far I'm up to 10 people I've never met before. :)

3 hours ago, Tank Andrade said:

Happy to help with whatever you need Nate.

Awesome.  You've been Red Shirted as well. :) 

3 minutes ago, acromegaman said:

I'm willing to help out wherever needed Nate. If I need to sleep in the hotel conference room and protect the goodies I will ūüėČ

Ha.  Thanks man.  Let's hope it doesn't come to that!

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Anthony C.

Happy to volunteer, but is there any way I can be excluded from the red shirt gang? Don't own any red clothes to avoid laundry catastrophes.

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anwnate
3 hours ago, Anthony C. said:

Happy to volunteer, but is there any way I can be excluded from the red shirt gang? Don't own any red clothes to avoid laundry catastrophes.

Thanks man!  No...no exclusions.  Look, I know you don't like Red...but a sexy beast like yourself looks good in any color. :) 

You can always give the shirt away after the sanctioned events.  I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts that someone your size will grab it. ;) 

 

Event Staff...edit...complete!

Brous, Rabich...Goodman, Steeves, Carter, Livesey, Johnson, Andrade, Clarino, edit... @wojo.

Back-ups...Scibelli, edit... @KapMan

You guys rock!  Thanks!  

EDIT:  Wojo and Kapusta volunteered also. :)

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Chez

We need to remember to take a group pic at the beginning so we don't miss anyone who has to leave right after. Really looking forward to meeting gripsters I have never met before. 

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Anton.Torrella

That was a quick volunteer sign up! Good men - well if a back up back up would be needed I call it - also I call Anthony's extra-medium t-shirt

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AKJV1769

I decided I need to make this happen. I will be coming with my team the NC Pickup Artists. Thank you Nate!

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CFlaherty

I will definitely be there. I'm fresh to the grip world so I probably won't be in any of the events, but I can't wait to meet up with some guys and see the events firsthand!

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anwnate
37 minutes ago, CFlaherty said:

I will definitely be there. I'm fresh to the grip world so I probably won't be in any of the events, but I can't wait to meet up with some guys and see the events firsthand!

Great to hear...but why no events?  

We all started as newbies.  

My first comp...I barely beat Brent's wife (she's strong btw)...taking second to last in the overall.  

Come...compete...and like Jedd told me..."Get the experience brotherrrrr!

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Chez
2 hours ago, anwnate said:

Great to hear...but why no events?  

We all started as newbies.  

My first comp...I barely beat Brent's wife (she's strong btw)...taking second to last in the overall.  

Come...compete...and like Jedd told me..."Get the experience brotherrrrr!

I agree. the best way to learn is to jump right in. You will learn a lot. Everyone in grip is super nice and helpful. It will be a good experience. I did my first comp only a few months into training.

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CFlaherty

Alright, I will give it a shot

 

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acromegaman

Yeah I still suck after 4 competitions. Lol. Great environment for learning.

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KapMan
13 hours ago, CFlaherty said:

I will definitely be there. I'm fresh to the grip world so I probably won't be in any of the events, but I can't wait to meet up with some guys and see the events firsthand!

No worries. Im going to get murdered so bad that everyone will need consuling for depression. . 

but you will learn from some the best in the game, and get to try implements that you may have never seen or otherwise get to own. In my small amount experience, guys tend to bring stuff to these get togethers. Thats what I'm most excited about. 

Compete and have fun, you might surprise yourself

 

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anwnate

Friday's Weekly Update

 

Two more additions to the "barring act of god" list

 

Scott Johnson...yet another NC "Pick-Up Artist."  They appear to be coming en-masse.  Sheesh...scary!

Connor Flaherty...a MA newcomer to the sport.  He's picking a humdinger as his first contest.

 

4 months out from the event…this brings the current hard attendance to 41.  

Just how realistic is 50+ actively grip training competitors?  Very.

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So far we are looking at…

Countries: 3  (USA38, Canada2, The Netherlands1)

States: 13 (NY6, NC5, CT4, PA4, NJ4, MD4,TN3, MA2, OR1, WV1, MO1, OH1, TX1)

Provinces: 2 (Quebec, Alberta)

 

Updated Attendance list. :) 

Attending (barring act of god)

Andrade, Christopher                -CT

Andrade, Anthony                     -CT

Bascetta, Maria                        -TN

Butler, Tim                                -NJ

Cabrera, Jose                           -NY

Carter, Delmar                          -TN

Chakir,  Mo                               -NJ

Choi, Morgan                            -TX

Clarino,  Anthony                      -NY

Collen, Kevin                            -MA

Cottrell, Rich                             -PA

Donati,  Carl                             -PA

Edwards,  Amber                      -CT

Flaherty, Connor                       - MA

Fleming, Dan                            -Montreal/Quebec, Canada

Goodman, Gil                           -TN

Gougen, Jared                          -OR

Guest, Surprise                          -???

Henze, Josh                              -PA

Hulshof,  Geralt                        -Heerde, Netherlands

Hunt,  Matthew                          -NJ

Johnson, Jedd                           -PA

Johnson, Scott                           -NC

Kapusta, Shawn                        -NC

Livesey,  E.J.                             -MD

Matney, Justin                          -WV

McCarter, John                         -MO

Otto, Jason                               -NC

Phillips, Mike                            -NY

Rabich, Michael                         -NY

Retarides, James                      -NC

Ricchezza, Cesare "Chez"         -NY

Scibelli,  Andrew                        -MD

Scibelli,  Tom                             -MD

Scibelli, Jacob                           -MD

Smitley,  Don                              -CT

Steeves, Jason                            - Rocky Mountain House/Alberta Canada

Sundin, Bob                                -NC

Torrella,  Anton                            -NY

Vasaturo, Anthony                     -OH

Wojciechowski, John                 -NJ

 

Probably attending

Haack, Frank

Maizels, Brixton

Maizels, Patrick

Maizels, Patty

Manna,  John

Possibly attending (Official Maybe)

Branson, Nic

Burgos, Brian

Burns,  Kody

Cannon, Matt

Cashman, Sean

Corcorran, Aaron

Cummings, Don

Deluca, Frank

Jennings, Tommy

McMurren, Rob

Mitti, David

Koenig, Josh

Koenig, Jor-el

Miller, Robert

Mitti, David

Pantke, Andrew

Rice, Chris

Rosendaul, Nick

Schoeck, Chris

Sharkey, Mike

Skjelvik, Karl

Tayeb, Bader Samir

Attending Status unknown

Edwards, Ben???

Johnson, Scott???

Kessler, Gary???

Labbe, David???

O'Dell, Josh???

Can't make it

Krahling,  Mike   can't make it

Raymond, Lucas   can't make it

Reinard, Daniel   can't make it

Roussin, Eric   can't make it

Vance, Jon

Wattles, Amy  can't make it

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Tank Andrade

I have one more in my crew also Nate. Pete Hustek 66k

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anwnate
1 hour ago, Tank Andrade said:

I have one more in my crew also Nate. Pete Hustek 66k

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Wowza.  I'll add him next Friday!

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Andrew P

Plane tickets are bought I'll be there Nate. 

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Allen Heineck

Just booked my room.  See you guys in July!

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Jedd Johnson
On 3/18/2017 at 11:09 AM, Allen Heineck said:

Just booked my room.  See you guys in July!

WOOOOH!

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Friday's Weekly Update

It's pretty sick to realize that 16 weeks out...15 different states are now being represented...and 44 individuals signed up.

Next week's attendance list will have additional info, including weight classes (guesses for some) and T-Shirt Sizes and email addresses (for those willing).

IF...somehow...we reach 60 contestants, I will reconfigure the room and add another contest platform.

Looking at the contestants now...and crunching the numbers...I'm making an executive decision to remove the "sledge box" from the contest line-up.  It will still be available for those who are curious from a "feat of strength" perspective...but it's inclusion just isn't practical with the medley (which of course stays) and the bending contest (for those who wish to participate).  I will update the original post to reflect this.  

 

Three more additions to the "barring act of god" list

A new addition to the CT crew...Pete Hustek.

FBBC Owner/operator and Sponsor of SJ4...Andrew Pantke.

Coming in from Wisconsin..."Week in Grip"... Allen Heineck.

 

Just put himself on the "probably" list...Luke Raymond.

 

So far we are looking at…

Countries: 3  (USA41, Canada2, The Netherlands1)

States: 15 (NY6, NC5, CT5, PA4, NJ4, MD4,TN3, MA2, OR1, WV1, MI1, MO1, OH1, TX1, WI)

Provinces: 2 (Quebec, Alberta)

 

Updated Attendance list. :) 

Attending (barring act of god)

Andrade, Christopher                -CT

Andrade, Anthony                     -CT

Bascetta, Maria                        -TN

Butler, Tim                                -NJ

Cabrera, Jose                           -NY

Carter, Delmar                          -TN

Chakir,  Mo                               -NJ

Choi, Morgan                            -TX

Clarino,  Anthony                      -NY

Collen, Kevin                            -MA

Cottrell, Rich                             -PA

Donati,  Carl                             -PA

Edwards,  Amber                      -CT

Flaherty, Connor                       - MA

Fleming, Dan                            -Montreal/Quebec, Canada

Goodman, Gil                           -TN

Gougen, Jared                          -OR

Guest, Surprise                          -???

Heineck, Alan                     -WI

Henze, Josh                              -PA

Hulshof,  Geralt                        -Heerde, Netherlands

Hustek, Pete                       -CT

Hunt,  Matthew                          -NJ

Johnson, Jedd                           -PA

Johnson, Scott                           -NC

Kapusta, Shawn                        -NC

Livesey,  E.J.                             -MD

Matney, Justin                          -WV

McCarter, John                         -MO

Otto, Jason                               -NC

Pantke, Andrew                -MI

Phillips, Mike                            -NY

Rabich, Michael                         -NY

Retarides, James                      -NC

Ricchezza, Cesare "Chez"         -NY

Scibelli,  Andrew                        -MD

Scibelli,  Tom                             -MD

Scibelli, Jacob                           -MD

Smitley,  Don                              -CT

Steeves, Jason                            - Rocky Mountain House/Alberta Canada

Sundin, Bob                                -NC

Torrella,  Anton                            -NY

Vasaturo, Anthony                     -OH

Wojciechowski, John                 -NJ

 

Probably attending

Maizels, Brixton

Maizels, Patrick

Maizels, Patty

Raymond, Luke

 

Possibly attending (Official Maybe)

Branson, Nic

Burgos, Brian

Burns,  Kody

Cannon, Matt

Corcorran, Aaron

Cummings, Don

Deluca, Frank

Jennings, Tommy

McMurren, Rob

Mitti, David

Koenig, Josh

Koenig, Jor-el

Miller, Robert

Mitti, David

Rice, Chris

Rosendaul, Nick

Schoeck, Chris

Sharkey, Mike

Skjelvik, Karl

Tayeb, Bader Samir

 

Attending Status unknown

Kessler, Gary???

Labbe, David???

O'Dell, Josh???

 

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JHenze646

I spoke with Nate this morning about his recent "executive order" to remove the sledgebox from SJ4. Nate expressed that a "trophy" would no longer be needed for this event. Although I had already started working on it, the Sledgebox trophy needed a lot of refinement and a whole lot of finishing. I decide to throw it together to see kind of what it would look like complete. Here it is with bits of test pieces and a scrapped saw blade for the base. This is one I took some creative license with and I owe the idea to Tony R.(mindovermetalart on Instagram).

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I hope to see everybody at SJ4!

 

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acromegaman
39 minutes ago, JHenze646 said:

I spoke with Nate this morning about his recent "executive order" to remove the sledgebox from SJ4. Nate expressed that a "trophy" would no longer be needed for this event. Although I had already started working on it, the Sledgebox trophy needed a lot of refinement and a whole lot of finishing. I decide to throw it together to see kind of what it would look like complete. Here it is with bits of test pieces and a scrapped saw blade for the base. This is one I took some creative license with and I owe the idea to Tony R.(mindovermetalart on Instagram).

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I hope to see everybody at SJ4!

 

I love the way people visualize and create what they see. Awesome job!

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anwnate

Dammit @JHenze646...Making me feel bad now.  

You got real talent man.  

Each creation is incredibly unique...and will be treasured by those who earn them.

I'm already blown away by the pieces you shared with me.

Super glad you agreed to take on this project.  Thanks.

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