S. California Sectional

SoCal OC Throwdown - Preview of Coming Attractions

The Competition in SoCal is expected to be one of our biggest so far.

With over 125 competing athletes and 400 paid spectators from all over the Orange County, CA area, the first annual OC Throwdown, sponsored by Orange Coast CrossFit of Costa Mesa, CA, was a thrilling experience for everyone. With an eye on drawing a wide variety of abilities and experience, divisions included ladies and men's intermediate, open and masters.

Due to a groundswell of interest, what started as a small local affair arranged to have some fun and friendly competition between nearby clubs, morphed into a major competition, drawing high quality competitors from more than a 15 clubs throughout the Southern California, and as far as Nevada.

4 diverse, torturous WODs, selected by none other than James "OPT" Fitzgerald, were held over January 9thy and 10th, with Gold, Silver and Bronze kettlebells awarded to the top three finishers in each category. With equipment loaned by participating clubs, a pull-up rack shipped in by Rogue Fitness and a 12,000 square foot warehouse complete with sound system, DJ, Videographers and photographers, the weekend came off with near military precision.

By Monday, there were blistered and bloody hands, sore muscles and hoarse voices. Many discovered how the adrenaline of competition brings out performance levels never achieved before. Interesting enough the some of the most exciting heats were the earlier ones with the men's and women's intermediate divisions. Although weights were lighter and technique sometimes spotty, the athletes were giving efforts that were 100% RX. Valerie Calhoun beat out a stacked heat of talented women to take first place in the female intermediate division. What was most amazing is that she is only 14 years old!

In the Mens Rx Division Max Fernandez, owner of CrossFit South County came out on top. Second place was taken by Ronnie Teasdale of CrossFit Mean Streets, and coming in third was Jon Markovich of Primitive CrossFit.

In the Womens Rx Division Kelly Urbani of CrossFit Balboa took first place, with Janece Katona of CrossFit Next Level Performance in Second, and Zionna Munoz also of CrossFit NLP taking third.
The affiliate trophy was taken by CrossFit Next Level Performance with second place going to CrossFit South County, and US CrossFit taking third.

Much less than 1% of the total CF population has actual hopes of competing in the CrossFit Games. Yet many of those other 99% of CrossFitters still wish for an avenue in which to test themselves and compete. The reception we had was nothing short of astonishing. We sold out of athlete spots in three weeks. Online, 322 spectators paid $10 in advance with another 100 showing up the days of. I foresee a series of local CF comps similar to ours happening every two months with points accumulated towards an eventual overall champion in divisions of Rx, Intermediate, and Masters.

Here is one set of photos of the event. Here is another set of photos.

Here is the Vimeo video.

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6 comments on this entry

1. ken c wrote...

great video. disturbed has some bad ass workout songs.

2. bingo wrote...

Great photos. Looks like a wonderful event. Any chance you could share the WOD's?

I like the development of local/regional CF events, similar to other events like Triathalons, sailing, road races, tennis tournaments, with age and skill level divisions. I can't help but feel that Coach has envisioned this trend all along.

Congrats on your success.


3. Terry wrote...

http://orangecoastcrossfit.com/2010-oc-throwdown-wods/ (WFS)

4. Ryan @ CrossFit 714 wrote...

That was an amazing event. We had a blast. The WOD's were extremely challenging. Only about half the field completed WOD #2 RX'd. Unbroken pull-ups after a row were a lot tougher than expected.

Thanks again, Justin and Crew.


5. John wrote...

are there going to be intermediate divisions at the Arnold Classic qualifier in COlumbus Ohio?

6. D. CROOKS wrote...

I saw a lot of ugly ugly cleans / thrusters in that video...and rowing... but lots of GREAT intensity. Good job everyone.


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