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CrossFitters brought the fire in the first-ever South Coast Fitness Festival at Marina Beach at the weekend.
A total of 40 teams from across South Africa competed in the inaugural event, which put the men’s and women’s athletes through their paces over three days of taxing competition.
It proved to be an epic seaside showdown, with competitors showcasing their mettle and muscle on the beach. Mariners Seafood Restaurant served as the festival’s headquarters and buzzed with energy and excitement.
Day Two was hosted at CrossFit Wild Coast where the action continued with events like a 15-minute Amcap (as many calories as possible) with a speed bump of box jump-overs and shoulder-to-overhead movements. This got competitors’ legs warm for a snatch ladder, which saw CrossFit Zulu’s Mike van Tonder and Craig Glover bust out three 110kg hang snatches.
The Ballito-based duo were crowned champions on Sunday, while the women’s spoils went to the Pietermaritzburg pair of Michelle Lloyd-Ellis and Anita Kaumpek from CrossFit Higher Life. Both teams won R20 000 for their efforts.
CrossFit Wild Coast competitors were among the cream of the crop. The top local tandem were Jochen Dufner and Lee Maree, who won the men’s over-35 division.
Sam de Boer and Natasha Caple, meanwhile, were the runners-up in the women’s RX competition. Both produced personal bests, De Boer hitting two 60kg hang snatches and Caple a 45kg hang snatch.
Geraldine Treherne and Vikki Pretorius also impressed and placed second in the women’s over-45 division.
“It was a truly special event,” Mitch Anderson from CrossFit Wild Coast, who organised the festival along with Hannes du Toit from CrossFit BST and Kyle Howard from CrossFit Grip and Rip, told eHowzit.
“Hannes has been involved in the competition for quite some time and between the three of us, we managed to put together a really fun competition.
“We wanted to create a fun weekend with a bit of competition. Most of the teams came from Joburg and they really enjoyed the absolutely incredible weather we had.
“Midea sponsored over R100 000 worth of prizes, which was incredible and kind of unheard of in the South African CrossFit scene and our official equipment supplier, MiFitness, really helped us put on a great show. It was a huge success and next year’s event will be even bigger and better,” he added.
Anderson has been at the forefront of CrossFit on the South Coast. The Creston College old boy, who served in the British Army as an infantryman in the Rifles Regiment, opened CrossFit Wild Coast, the first CrossFit-affiliated gym on the South Coast, in 2016.
The box, as it’s known in CrossFit circles, has gone from strength to strength and celebrated its third birthday on Monday. “It’s safe to say that with blood, sweat and tears, our box has grown into something truly amazing,” said Anderson.
“Our box isn’t about people, it’s about family, and I’d like to thank every single member, past, present and future for helping us build an unbelievably strong, fit and healthy community on the South Coast.”
Photos by Maretha Ru LK