January 05, 2012
The owners of the newly opened CrossFit Ocean Beach take advantage of their surroundings and bring CrossFit to the streets. Hilary Achauer reports.
Ocean Beach is a coastal town in San Diego, Calif., known for its funky, hippy vibe. The main street, Newport Avenue, is full of antique stores, head shops, tattoo parlors, bars and surf shops. Most of the businesses are independent and locally owned.
The residents of Ocean Beach are so committed to locally owned businesses that when they got wind of a Starbucks opening in their neighborhood in 2001, they organized a grassroots protest to block the chain. They were unsuccessful, but the addition of the ubiquitous green logo has not altered the one-of-a-kind feel of this laid-back town.
When Chad Timm and Philip Kavanagh decided to open CrossFit Ocean Beach in October 2011, they knew they would need to embrace the local culture. Rather than setting up in an out-of-the-way warehouse, they found a place not far from Newport Avenue and just two blocks from the beach.
They opened their doors Oct. 1 and—not wasting any time—held their first outdoor WOD on the beach on Saturday, Oct. 5.