Quintin van Jaarsveld
Athletes were put through their paces in the Dirty South Throwdown at CrossFit Wild Coast on Saturday.
The Manaba-based box welcomed 42 mixed pairs teams from all corners of South Africa for their end-of-year competition, which consisted of three challenging events that tested the athletes’ all-round fitness and capabilities.
Event 1 was a simple CrossFit-style workout, in which teams had 10 minutes to accumulate as many reps as possible of the 100 Double Unders, 50 Push Presses (50/35kg), 100 Double Unders, 50 Front Squats (60/45kg), 100 Double Unders and 50 Push Jerks (70/50kg).
Oliver Cash and Kristy Herridge from CrossFit Durban West made a statement straight out of the gate as they claimed the win.
Event 2 was a one-rep Max Snatch and saw some impressive feats of strength, none greater than Johannesburg athlete Mike Duvenage’s 115kg effort, which handed him and his wife Lindsay from CrossFit BST the spoils.
Event 3 started with competitors having to burn 50 calories in the fastest time possible on the assault bike, with local duo Alex and Leanne Yannakakis claiming the bragging rights in 44 seconds.
That was followed by 50 125kg partner deadlifts and as many pull ups as possible in the remaining eight-minute time cap.
After a day of exceptional performances, the scores were tallied and Duvenage duo Mike and Lindsay were crowned champions.
The ‘Nathletes’ – made up of locals Sean Flanagan and Helen Stubbs from LiveIt Fitness – produced consistent high-quality performances which earned them second place, with Cash and Herridge completing the overall podium.
“It was an absolutely incredible day of events,” Stubbs told eHowzit.
“Event 3 was definitely my favourite! This is the second year we’ve entered and it’s always refreshing to take part in such a well-organised and challenging competition.
“Sean and I had one goal in mind – to leave it all on the floor and I think it’s safe to say we did just that. I don’t think we could’ve had a better performance than we did, and we’re beyond proud of how we tackled all the events.”
Alex and Leanne Yannakakis were the top-placed CrossFit Wild Coast team, the “Deadpull” pair finishing seventh.
“Another epic day of competition at our home box in the bag,” commented Leanne.
“I absolutely love teaming up with my beast husband. Even though he has a wonky, slightly injured shoulder and a touch of the flu, he brought all the fire and makes me so incredibly proud.
“Thank you to our amazing coaches Mitchell and Sheby for hosting another cracking event! Those workouts were tough but so fun much fun!
“Well done to all our CrossFit Wild Coast peeps and all the athletes who came and threw down with us today! I’m super stoked to be a part of such an amazing community.”
Hot on their heels in eighth place were another husband-and-wife pair and fellow CrossFit Wild Coast competitors Wesley and Natasha Caple.
“What an epic compo,” said Natasha. “The events definitely had us bringing everything we had. Our Snatch didn’t go so well for us both but we made up for it on Event 1 and 3 with some ‘Capable Caples’ gees.
Wesley and Natasha Caple in action.
“We went into the comp just amped to have fun together and push ourselves. We had a great day competing as husband and wife and surprised ourselves with our overall result.
“It’s very cool for us to see the progress we’ve made over the past two years with CrossFit Wild Coast and our coaches.
“We’re creeping up that leaderboard and getting stronger, faster and better. Cheers to all who competed and supported and to the organisers and sponsors. What a great day!”
CrossFit Wild Coast coach and owner Mitchell Anderson said it was their best event yet.
“The event was a huge success for us and our biggest and best competition to date,” he told eHowzit.
“The guys and girls from other boxes around South Africa love coming to the coast for the weekend to do some fitness with friends and enjoy our epic coastline.
“A big thanks to our sponsors Ross Champion, Margate Panelbeaters, Hyper Ice, Southbroom Painters, NPL, Liquor City, Lucky’s and Signmaster.
“It’s awesome to see how many local business owners wanted to support the event. The community we have on the South Coast is one of a kind.”
Due to the success of the competition, Anderson revealed they will be hosting a two-day event next year.