Athletes exhibited exceptional endurance, athleticism and determination during the annual Dirty South Throwdown at CrossFit Wild Coast on Saturday.
Instead of the usual pairs format, this year’s edition was a trios event, in which two male athletes and one female competitor joined forces.
A total of 45 teams converged on the Manaba-based box, where they competed in three divisions and were put through their paces in three taxing timed events. First was an eight-minute sprint to complete three rounds of 20 Axle bar deadlifts and 15 burpees over the bar – all in sync.
Then came “Assaulted on the Coast” – a 12-minute workout in which athletes had to accumulate as many calories as possible on the Assault bike. Finally, competitors had to dig deep in a 10-minute workout in which they had to do 50 Clean and Jerks (60/40kg), 75 hand stand push ups, 50 Power Snatches (60/40kg) and 75 strict hand stand push ups.
The main RX division was won by the powerhouse team of Paul Boeta, Craig Green (both from Richards Bay) and Emma Rogers, owner of CrossFit Ballito.
The CrossFit Higher Life team of Terence Norris, Garreth Dovey and Emma Sorour from Pietermaritzburg prevailed in the scaled division, while the local trio of Andrew Ramos and Lance and Tamra Drummond did the hosts proud by winning the masters division.
“This was hands down one of the most epic events we have hosted! I have never experienced such a vibe before; the box was electric and everything ran exceptionally well,” CrossFit Wild Coach coach and owner Mitch Anderson told eHowzit.
“It was a great display of the growing CrossFit community in KZN! We are thrilled to have the support of all local CrossFit affiliates and would like to thank them all for the continued support.
“The event wouldn’t have been possible without our epic sponsors. Margate Panelbeaters and Liquor City were on board for the second consecutive year and Lucky’s hooked our winners up with some awesome trophies and medals.
“NPL kept our athletes hydrated and fuelled throughout the day and a shoutout as well to the Caples and Mariners Seafood Restaurant for the help and support,” he added.
Photo: Melissa Eaton handstand walking.