West Coast & Venice Beach on Deck

Mad love and respect to the West Coast ninjas who are hitting the ground and lining up to take their crack at American Ninja Warrior 5 for the next two days starting tomorrow (Friday) night. The 6 region structure of American Ninja Warrior 4 has been replaced with a 4 city structure that serve as proxies for the regions: Venice (NW and SW), Denver (Mountain & Midsouth), Baltimore (Midwest & NE), and Miami (South & SE). Rumor is that there were over 2,000 video submissions for the Venice competition, and with probably only around 150 run spots that means many worthy ninjas got left out in the cold this year.

The Venice competition is stacked with some of the best ninjas America has to offer. Below is a reminder of the National Finalists from both the Southwest and Northwest regions that will mostly be competing in Venice this weekend. Run hard!

Evan Dollard
Jesse La Flair
Kole Stevens
Remi Bakkar
Brent Steffenson
Chad Simpson
Derek Nakamoto
Dorian Cedars
Dan Mast
Paul Darnell
Sedderick Bassett
Ryan Thompson
Dylan Curry
Ronnie Shalvis Jr
Michael “Frosti” Zernow

James McGrath
Travis Furlanic
David Campbell
Sean Noble
Kyle Cochrane
Justin Sweeney
Josh Horsley
Nathan Sausedo
Justin Walcker
J.B. Douglas
Kevan Reoli
Ben Snead
Brian Kretsch
Gunner Bahn
Patrick McGrath


  • http://www.facebook.com/brandonwillis00 Brandon Willis

    I would like to see Remi compete again this year. I’m friends with him on facebook. i don’t ever see him talk about. Not sure if he’ll be there. Looks like he’s been on tour with P!nk

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, definitely hope he competes again!

  • Scott

    Hey Matt! From your experience, how fast do the producers crank out the runs? I.e., 20 per hour? X # of minutes between each run?

    Thanks and good luck!

  • Dan

    Jeez man, 2,000! Those numbers arent very encouraging, but I hope they show me some love in Miami! Best of luck to you!

  • Anonymous

    Tends to be in spurts. There might be 10 done in 15 minutes, and then nobody goes for 10 minutes. In general I’d guess they run 15-20 an hour on average.

  • Anonymous

    I bet Venice (West Coast) had the highest number of applicants. Just a guess though. Good luck in Miami! I’ll be waiting by the phone next week for a call to Baltimore hopefully (I grew up in Maryland).

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.puntin.7 Matthew Puntin

    Matt. I hope to see you in Baltimore too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688067623 Erik Hom

    Steffenson, Frosti, Dollard and Nakamoto…that Western region looked tough

  • Anonymous

    For sure. Add in guys like McGrath, Campbell, and La Flair and it is absolutely stacked!