The unofficial start of summer came in with a BANG at the Muscle Beach Sports Spectacular Memorial Weekend.

Saturday, May 28, 2011 saw Sumo Wrestlers from Southern California compete. The crowd was cheering on their favorite wrestler and six time American Sumo champ Dan Kalbfleisch was in attendance to compete.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 three dojos brought their students to provide demonstrations of the skill and craft of Martial Arts to the Muscle Beach stage. Thanks to Kingi’s Kajukenbo, Kali Arnis Eslro and XMA for their hard work in preparation and their great performance. The Flight 2 Da Light pop band performed on stage in the afternoon. Their great music could be heard all over Venice.

In addition, 25 bouts of amateur boxing took place. Youngsters from 8 years old up to adults were paired off and put on the gloves to compete. Thanks to Title Sponsor Imaging 3 Inc. and Host Sponsor Espada Boxing for making this a great event.

Monday, May 30, 2011 was the Muscle Beach International Classic, Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini competition & Armed Foreces Championship. Muscle Beach honored Jack LaLanne the world renown icon and Muscle Beach Venice Lifetime Achievement Inductee. His passing was a great sadness. His wife Elaine was on hand to provide encouraging words to carry on Jack’s message of health and fitness. In recognition of Jack and his body of work the “Spirit of Jack LaLanne” Awards were presented to Jim Arrington and Jackie Lee both 78 years old, long time competitors at Muscle Beach Events, for their dedication to Jack’s philosophy.

Rich Gaspari was inducted into the Muscle Beach Venice Bodybuilding Hall of Fame. His bronze plaque is now mounted on the Boardwalk Muscle Beach Walk of Fame. Thanks to Bodybuilding.com for their continued sponsorship of the Walk of Fame.

Congratulations to the following Overall Winners of the competiotion:

Overall Armed Forces Champion: Johnny Johnson
Overall Women’s Bodybuilding: Lauren Powers
Overall Novice Men’s Bodybuilding: Johnny Johnson
Overall Open Men’s Bodybuilding: Jong Sup Won
Overall Bikini: Rachael Spengler
Over Novice Figure: Cellikque Dorsey
Over Open Figure: Yeon Woo Jhi

Standings Sumo Classic 2011 Result Photos

An upcoming issue of Iron Magazine will be publishing photos of the winners and the event. Thanks to Iron Man for their support.

Many thanks to the great sponsors who support Muscle Beach:

Title Sponsor: Muscle Tech
Presenting Sponsor: Bodybuilding.com
Host Sponsor: Dymatize
Official Holographic Energy Source: EFX

In addition, to the above, vendors from the health and fitness industry provided education and giveaways to the public – thanks to Garspari Nutrition, Gold’s Gym, Independent Herbal Life, Adore Swimwear, Thermolife, Vitamin Water, Zing, Weider, L.A. Urban Fitness, Ivanko and many others.

Joe Wheatley Productions would like to thanks the Judges, backstage personnel, security and event staff for helping us to make this event a great three days.