CrossFit Tour: Island Life

By Jordan Gravatt

In Affiliation, CrossFit, HD Videos

May 21, 2014

Video Article

Earthquakes, jail, sheep, tattoos, the haka and lots of boxes: The CrossFit Tour was in New Zealand in January.

In four episodes, CrossFit Inc. videographer Jordan Gravatt takes you to dozens of affiliates across the country.

In Episode 1, the CrossFit Tour crew stops at CrossFit Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand. The town has been hit with multiple earthquakes, bringing people together through the disasters.

“We as coaches and other members of the community have had opportunities to become involved in their lives and support them and help them,” coach Chris Coxon explains. “That’s what we love.”

In Episode 2, the gang visits CrossFit Wild South, where they find three-time CrossFit Games competitor Ruth Anderson Horrell. There, they join the workout.

“They’re great wherever you go, right?” Gravatt says. “That’s what CrossFit’s all about: You have a family all around the world—in every corner of the globe.”

In Episode 3, it’s on to the Queenstown area, where they meet Phil Borland, owner of CrossFit Alexandra. The affiliate set up shop only months before in a town of only 5,000 people. Still, the nearby river makes for some unique workouts that pique interest.

In the final installment, the CrossFit Tour staff heads up to the North Island to meet more affiliate owners and hear their stories of triumph and struggle.

At Zealous CrossFit, trainers Jan “Yushu” Zabawski and Maxmillion Roache lived in their box for six months after opening. Showers?

“Nah,” Roache says, “we had a hose that went out the back door.”

Video by Jordan Gravatt.

Episode 1: 9min 9sec
Episode 2: 8min 23sec
Episode 3: 9min 55sec
Episode 4: 10min 4sec

Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 258 by Justin Judkins, published Jan. 9, 2013.

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2 Comments on “CrossFit Tour: Island Life”


wrote …

This is a really cool series and highlights the best part of CrossFit which of course is the community. Great work Jordan and crew.


wrote …

Excellent series, Jordan! You did a fantastic job highlighting the Kiwi culture and the global CrossFit Community. The CrossFit Tour team always does an amazing job and your videos captured that too.

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