CrossFit Community Grieves the Passing of Brandon Abo

September 23, 2020 by
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The CrossFit community has once again suffered another loss as beloved CrossFit Games judge Brandon Abo passed away last weekend. Abo drowned while surfing near Huntington Beach, California. He was a veteran volunteer for the CrossFit Games in Carson and Regionals held in California. He was 46-years old.

A man of many loves and selfless service: Abo leaves behind a son, Solomon, who he affectionately called Solo due to his love of Star Wars.

  • An avid surfer who always found time to hit the waves along the California coastline, he was a special education teacher who just recently graduated with his Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California.
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  • He started off as part of the Rogue crew at the California Regionals and Games before moving onto the floor to judge most recently at the 2018 West Regionals at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
  • His drive to volunteer extended outside of CrossFit as he served as a foster family for numerous dogs through Cavalier Rescue.
  • After the passing of his mother three months ago he continued her work by delivering lunches and checking on the elderly throughout the Los Angeles area.

The CrossFit community remembers and honors Abo: The outpouring of love and support for Abo has resonated throughout the community.

  • Adrian Bozman, CrossFit Games Head Judge: “I’m very saddened to hear of Brandon’s passing. Brandon was part of a small group of dedicated judges and volunteers you could count on year after year. He was always a great asset to the team, hardworking and adaptable. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
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  • Fellow volunteer judge Mel Ramirez remembered Abo through an Instagram post, remembering his infamous Spam shorts.
  • The surfing community will hold a memorial paddle-out and beach clean-up for Abo on October 3 at Huntington Beach.
  • LAX CrossFit, where Abo coached at for many years, has set up a memorial page where they are collecting donations to help Solomon and Abo’s family.

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