WHAT IS TRIBAL CLASH
Crossfit affiliates, rogue boxes, garage gyms, fire stations, military companies……The world is now covered in thousands of tight-knit and highly motivated fitness families. These communities are united by a desire to be the best that they can be, but each is uniquely different in culture, ethos, identity and approach. Tribal Clash provides both a meeting ground for these tribes to come together to celebrate their similarities as well as a stage on which to demonstrate that which sets them apart.
TRIBAL CLASH PUTS THE FUN IN FUNCTIONAL FITNESS
The competition is designed to discover the most capable teams on planet earth. Or in other words, the group of people who have the greatest ability to get stuff done regardless of the type of task, its duration or complexity. The events could involve ANYTHING but typically include: lifting, shifting (carrying, dragging, pulling), locomoting (running, swimming,) or climbing. The team that can do most work in the shortest time will score the highest. But more importantly, due to the way we program all teams will have a great time regardless of how they score.
TRIBAL CLASH IS THE ULTIMATE TEST OF TEAM WORK
Tribal clash events are specifically designed to reward teamwork above all else. Teams are always comprised of six athletes (three men and three women). Individual strengths will not necessarily bring a team up but individual weaknesses will certainly bring a team down. A collection of strong individuals does not necessarily make for a strong team either. If communication, camaraderie or leadership is lacking then the team will not do well regardless of individual capabilities. The best teams are the ones who work together as one well oiled machine and remember to have a good time while they do it.
TRIBAL CLASH IS FOR ANYONE AND EVERYONE
Tribal Clash is for anyone who is passionate about fitness and is proud of the fitness family to which they belong. The competition is highly inclusive and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It attracts both top level athletes such as CrossFit Games world Champion Samantha Briggs as well as those just starting out on their fitness journey’s. All athletes will find that they can contribute to the team’s performance in a way that is appropriate to their level. Stronger more experienced teams will be severely tested, weaker less experienced teams will find the events challenging but achievable. Experience counts for a lot at Tribal Clash and older members can contribute greatly to a team, often making exceptional leaders.
TRIBAL CLASH REQUIRES BRAIN AS WELL AS BRAUN
Teams compete in a six grueling events across the course of an action packed weekend before the top teams progress to a nail-biting race-to-the-finish final. The events are highly tactical. Strategy and communication are key to good performance. Teams that are fit and strong will survive. Teams that are fit, strong AND smart will thrive.
TRIBAL CLASH IS CONSTANTLY INNOVATING AND EVOLVING
Innovation is an important part of the Tribal Clash magic. New ideas and apparatus are constantly being developed in-house to keep the athletes on their toes. Details of the events are kept secret until the last minute, and are as varied as possible, meaning teams have to prepare for the unknown, expect the unexpected, think on their feet, and adapt on the fly.
TRIBAL CLASH IS AN AMAZING LIVE SHOW
Tribal Clash is an engaging and exciting spectator experience, a unique and innovative marriage of music and muscle, a high intensity, adrenalin-fuelled demonstration of strength, fitness and team work. Half naked athletic men and women push themselves to the limits as they tackle unimaginable tasks and complete astounding feats of strength, speed and endurance. All this takes place in a spectacular beach setting to the beat of live music and commentary.
TRIBAL CLASH IS ONE HUGE BEACH PARTY!
With a party atmosphere and a festival feel Tribal Clash has become the best loved and most talked about competitive event on the European fitness scene. Tribal Clash enjoys a loyal, almost cult following with events regularly selling out in minutes. For many fitness communities it has become THE highlight of the year and an annual pilgrimage for both athletes and supporters alike.
TRIBAL CLASH IS A SUPERB COMMUNITY OCCASION
Many fitness communities travel en-masse to Tribal Clash to support their team (or teams). Those who aren’t competing come to support, cheer, and enjoy a great weekend away. It is not unheard of for groups of seventy or more supporters to accompany their team. At every Tribal Clash competition a special award is made to the fitness community that has shown the greatest level of unity and camaraderie. The ‘Tribal Spirit Award’ is highly coveted. Some tribes go to great lengths to show support for their team or demonstrate solidarity. Co-ordinated outfits, war paint, hair styles, gestures, chants and anthems are all ways in which teams express their unique tribal identity.
TRIBAL CLASH IS THE BIGGEST AND THE BEST
Demand for Tribal Clash team places is unparalleled within the sector and athlete feedback is consistently glowing. No other European functional fitness event involves as many athletes nor sells out as fast. Registrations are limited to 160 teams (960 athletes) per event and demand for team places (in the UK) outstrips supply 3:1. In 2017 Tribal Clash Portugal was launched to help cater to this demand. More international events are in the pipeline.
TRIBAL CLASH IS YOUR REASON TO TRAIN
Tribal Clash is a powerful motivator. Such is the popularity of the competition that some tribes hold trials to decide who makes it on to the team and competition can be fierce. Many communities make Tribal Clash their main focus and train all year round especially for it. The athletes are of all ages and abilities and come from all walks of life. They push themselves to their limits as they tackle unimaginable tasks and complete astounding feats of strength, speed and endurance. Tribal Clash inspires everyone it touches to do more and be more.
Tribal Clash started from humble beginnings. The first Tribal Clash was held on Blackpool Sands beach in Devon on the south coast of UK during a hot August weekend in 2013. This first competition had 100 teams of 4 athletes, 2 men and 2 women. Our vision was to create a competition that took the best bits of CrossFit, obstacle racing and endurance racing, and delivered them all in a stunning beachside location. The idea was to bring fitness back to its roots, challenge the athletes with unusual equipment and push them outside of their comfort zone utilising the best that the spectacular Devon coastline had to offer. In a first fitness event of its kind, Tribal Clash created a community festival where tribes camped on the beach, there were DJs and the famous Taiko drummers, and a real beach party vibe. CrossFit Cheltenham took home the Mask and CrossFit Aberdeen was awarded the Tribal Spirit trophy.
In 2014 the event attracted 144 teams of 4 athletes, who battled on the sand for two hot sunny days flipping logs and tyres, and enduring the infamous 16 minute team log squat workout, the memories of that still make grown men cry. Over 600 people camped on the beach, many tribes travelling from Scotland, and a few teams from outside the UK joined the party. The winners were CrossFit CM2 and Unit6 CrossFit, the home box, was awarded the Tribal Spirit trophy. Just like the year before, the competition ended in a raucous party in the giant tipi that went on until the early hours in the morning.
In 2015 the competition grew to 144 teams of six athletes, and this time the teams got to play with several new pieces of equipment designed and manufactured at Tribal HQ. The events included the ‘Anaconda’ – lunging and squatting with a log worm as a team, and ‘Devil’s Causeway’ where the athletes had to negotiate a balance beam – a real curveball which proved difficult an insurmountable challenge to some athletes. 700 people camped on the beach, the sun was shining, and the atmosphere was electric. CrossFit Aberdeen were crowned the Tribal Clash champions, and CrossFit 252 were awarded the Tribal Spirit trophy.
Tribal Clash 2016 grew to 168 teams of 6, and after riding our luck with the weather with three hot sunny events in previous years, Mother Nature finally showed her true colours. Gale force winds and rain challenged the athletes mentally as well as physically, our production team worked around the clock battling the elements. Still, rain didn’t dampen the Tribal spirit, teams took on Tribal Fran and squatted with a slosh pipe – a new piece of equipment which demonstrated how important good teamwork and communication is at Tribal Clash. ADAMED Team Poland were Tribal Clash champions, and Reebok CrossFit 33100 from Tampere, Finland was awarded the Tribal Spirit Trophy.
In 2017 we staged our first international competition, on Praia do Almargem in Algarve, Southern Portugal. This was a huge logistical and operational challenge for the team, but they rose to the challenge and delivered an epic weekend where teams from Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Finland and UK battled with familiar Tribal Clash kit. We did actually build a Tribal Clash arena on a beach on the other side of Europe!
The UK competition moved from its birthplace Blackpool Sands to a new beach, Bantham, in Devon. Operationally this was a difficult beach to program on because of its huge tidal range, and a host of other quirks and restrictions, but our team worked around the clock to deliver a superb competition which included some old favourites (atlas stones) and new equipment (a 240kg sand worm). We built an obstacle course on the beach and staged the world’s biggest team paddleboard race with 160 teams in 10 heats racing on giant Red Paddle Co Ride XL SUPs. CrossFit Deviant Black won the Mask after a hardcore Sunday with torrential rain, which added a new challenge into the competition.
With the support and feedback of the British fitness community, the winning Tribal Clash format has been honed and polished in the UK over a five year period. By 2017 Tribal Clash was ripe and ready for replication around the world. Global roll out plans started in April 2017 with the launch of Tribal Clash Portugal. Additional international events are in the pipeline for launch in 2018 and 2019. Locations include Australia and California. By 2020 Tribal Clash will be a global series, with six regional events held on some of the world’s most stunning beaches and a world championship final in a top secret and highly exotic location.
FOUNDER, DIRECTOR // COMPETITION
DIRECTOR // COMMERCIAL, ATHLETE SERVICES
Head of Scoring
Production & Safety Manager
Operations Manager / Logistics & Staging
Operations Manager / Logistics & Staging
CHRISTIAN AZA DIERICKX
Operations Manager / Portugal
Operations Manager / Logistics & Staging