Event 6: Atlas Stones

Time cap: 13 ½ minutes (9 x 90 second intervals)

Score: Points

The team is split into three M/F pairs, the pairs work in 90 second intervals. Each 90 second interval starts by both athletes completing one up & over. Each athlete scores 3 points for unassisted and 1 point for assisted up & over.  The athletes must not touch the side beams (this will be a no rep). Shorter athletes can be assisted, for an unassisted up & over rep the athlete must show dead hang with full extension first. Once both athletes are over the beam they advance to the atlas stones. The pair completes three (3) synchro lifts on the lightest ball (42kg/66kg), then two (2) synchro lifts on the second heaviest ball (52kg/77kg), and finally one (1) synchro lift on the heaviest ball (66kg/97kg). At 90 seconds the pair rotates.

The lightest stone is worth 1 point per synchro lift. The second stone is worth 2 points per synchro lift. The heaviest ball is worth 5 points per synchro lifts. The athletes must show full extension, with the atlas stone on both athletes’ shoulders at the same time. The stones must be dropped in front. If the pair completes the 6 reps with time left from 90 secs they can go back to the the lightest stone. At 90 seconds, the athletes tags the next pair.

Once each pair has gone three times (at 13:30 minutes) the team proceeds straight to the shoreline pens for Event 7, the team paddleboard race. At the shoreline the team picks up a Red Paddle Co Ride XL paddle board and six paddles. The team completes a paddleboard lap around a marked course, their time is logged when the board is back in its starting position with all six paddles on the board.


Event 8: Tyre Flip

Time cap: 12 minutes

Score: reps

Tie break: time after the second pair has returned over the baseline

The team splits into three pairs. On GO the first pair flips the tyre down the lane to the marker. At the marker the pair completes 10 burpee tyre jump throughs. The burpees have to be completed two at a time, two footed take off and landing, facing the crowd. The pair can split the burpees between them. After 10 burpee jump throughs, the pair runs to the sea, turns to face the crowd, and holding hands completes a sea submerge. Once they get a thumbs up from the judge, they can return to the tyre, where they complete another 10 burpee jump throughs, and flip the tyre to the far end of the lane. The pair then runs back to the baseline and tags the next pair. Once all three pairs have gone, the team completes as many shoulder to overhead reps with the tyre in remaining time, three athletes working at a time. The trio can swap any number of athletes on the tyre, but the tyre must go back to the ground at every change. Each STOH rep must have full lockout, short athletes can lose contact of the tyre at the top of the tyre, taller athletes can have a wide stance.

Event 9: Sandworm

Time cap: 12 minutes

Score: reps


18 sandworm ground to overhead reps

9 rope climbs

On GO the team completes 18 ground to overhead reps with the sandworm. The worm weighs approximately 150kg. The rep is counted when the worm is on the opposite shoulder, and all six athletes are standing with hips and knees locked out. The worm must be dropped to shoulder from overhead first before dropping to the ground. After 18 worm GTOH reps, the team completes 9 rope climbs. The athletes can go in any order, not everyone must complete a rope climb. The rope climb rep is counted with a full palm contact on the top beam. The athlete must show control on the descent. The non-climbing members must remain outside of the rig.


Tribal Clash Australia teams, here are your events for Saturday 9th February.


Score: reps

Time cap: 12 minutes


25 log worm squats

10 synchro burpees (3 athletes)

The team starts lying prone behind the baseline, hands on sandbags. On GO team completes 25 squats with the log worm. The worm must be in Zercher hold for reps to count. The elbows or logs must not touch the knees at any time. All athletes must have hip crease below parallel at the same time at the bottom of the rep and stand with hips fully extended at the top of the rep. The athletes must stand in a line facing the lighthouse. 

After 25 squats, 3 athletes start doing synchro burpees over the worm with 2 athletes starting on one side of the worm and 1 athlete on the other side, facing the sea. Athletes’ chests and thighs must be on the floor at the bottom of the burpee, and the rep must have a two-footed take off and landing.  The athletes must have chest to floor at the same time but they do not have to jump at the same time. Remaining three athletes must be lying on the floor behind the baseline hands on sandbags for the burpee reps to count. The team can swap the three athletes on burpees however they wish. After 10 burpees, all athletes return to the log and repeat the log squats.

The teams continue as many rounds as possible for 12 minutes, then proceed straight into:


Score: time

Time cap: None

After Event 1 time out, the team exits straight down the lane to the shoreline and picks up a rescue board. All six athletes must have hands on the board before the team can start. The team completes a swim in the sea around a marked course. All athletes must stay in contact with the board at all time. The team can have one athlete on the board. When the team has completed their swim, they head out through the green start flags and onto a trail run. Shoes must be worn on the run. Your registration bags will have a detailed map of the run course, in addition please follow the signs. Each individual athlete’s time will be logged at the run finish gate. The team’s score for Event 2 is the combined finishing times for all six athletes. The finishing time will include the time taken to complete the team rescue swim.  Please ensure you wear your race numbers for this event. Without a race number, you will not receive a score. 


Score: reps

Time cap: 12 minutes

Each lane has 5 x 60kg sandbags and 1 truck tyre. The team starts lying prone behind the baseline, hands on sandbags. On GO the team starts transporting the objects from one end of the lane to the other. The objects and athletes must go over the beams, both ways; athlete cannot return to assist another athlete except by going over the beam. No body parts can go under the beams to assist another athlete. The sandbags and the tyre must be carried, not dragged. The tyre must not touch the ground, but it can be rested on a beam. There will be an immediate 10 second penalty for infringement where the judge will tell the team to freeze and stop moving for 10 seconds. The 10 second penalty starts when all six athletes have stopped. The team scores one point for each object + athlete over the baseline. If any object hits the black baseline bags, the team receives an immediate 10 second penalty. At time cap, the team scores a rep for any object over the baseline that is accompanied by an athlete.


Time cap: 20 minutes

Score: Time

Event 4: Individual sprint relay and paired wheelbarrow walk

Straight into:

Event 5: 120m team log worm lunge

This event has two scoring parts, each for time. Event 4 is an individual sprint relay followed immediately by a paired wheelbarrow walk relay. The team then goes straight into Event 5, a team log worm lunge.

The team starts lying prone inside the lane facing the crowds with hands on sandbags. On GO the first athlete jumps up, turns round and sprints down the lane, turns right, and continues around the arena until he is back in the lane. Once he is back in the starting position with hands on sandbags, the next athlete runs the same course. The sprint portion is over when all 6 athletes are back lying on the sand in the same position they started in.

The team then starts working in three pairs. The first pair gets up and starts their wheelbarrow walk relay – the athlete whose feet are being carried must start with their hands on the baseline, reverse out, perform a 180 degree turn and walk down the lane. Feet must be carried with hands on ankles. The athlete must not touch the floor with any other body part except hands until they reach the opposite baseline. If any part of their body touches the ground, the athlete receives a 10 sec penalty. The athlete walks two lengths of their lane (up and back) then once they are back in their starting position, they swap with their partner who also walks two lengths. When all three pairs have completed a wheelbarrow walk, time for Event 4 is logged.

Event 5 is a team log worm lunge. The team picks up the worm, lunges it down the lane, turns right, and lunges around the arena until they are back in their lane. The time for Event 5 is logged when the worm is back in its starting position. If the team does not finish within the time cap, they score a rep for each 5 metre mark around the arena, and their score is total lunge reps.

The team gets an immediate 10 second penalty stood up holding the worm on shoulders for any shuffle steps, or if the team touches a barrel or another team. If there is a collision, the team coming from behind will be deemed to be at fault.


Time cap: 20 minutes

Score: Time

A team standup paddle board race

For this event the teams stage at the Red Paddle staging area at Fairy Creek. The race will be started on the water when all teams are standing on their board behind the start line. The teams paddle two laps around a marked course in the creek. At the marker before the Finish flags, all paddles must be placed on the board before exiting the water. The first lap has an 8 minute cut off, any team not at the Finish gate within 8 minutes will not proceed to the second lap, and their score is the time after one lap. The time is logged when all six athletes cross the finish line with their board after the second lap. Teams that completed only one lap will be placed below teams that completed two laps on the leaderboard.


Tribal Clash athlete keeps up her training and is put through her paces on UK series ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’!

Tribal Clash veterans will know that it’s a competition unlike any other, pushing teams to their limits and testing them on a range of primal movements. One Tribal Clasher recently undertook a challenge which took her even further outside her comfort zone, hitting screens in the UK as a recruit on Channel 4’s ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’. Having competed with her team from CrossFit Cumbria in Portugal in 2018, Hannah Jackson decided to take the ultimate test: to be put through her paces by ex-Special Forces soldiers in a process which recreates SAS selection.

We caught up with Hannah to find out how Tribal Clash inspired her to apply for the programme, what the similarities were between the two challenges and how she’s getting ready to compete again in Portugal in 2019!

What inspired you to apply for the show?
It actually all began with taking part in Tribal Clash Portugal 2018!
In April last year I joined CrossFit Cumbria after having about 5 years off CrossFit. A couple of weeks later I was invited to join a team in Portugal – I thought they were joking as the rest of the team were all amazing but I said yes and the next thing I knew I was on the plane to Portugal. I was terrified initially as everyone around me was so fit, but I was hooked as soon as we started the first event, a team log run followed by a trail run. The adrenaline pump, the challenge, the fact you were with the team who you didn’t want to let down; I loved it all. We reached the final in Portugal and finished in twelfth place, then afterwards I was buzzing for weeks and just needed something else – another challenge, more adrenalin, the chance to push myself to the extreme. I’ve always loved SAS and when I saw that they had opened applications to women for the first time I knew I had to go for it, so I applied and was chosen from 5000 applicants to be one of the 25 recruits!

As you mentioned, this was the first year that females were allowed to take part in SAS: Who Dares Wins, reflecting the fact that women are now allowed to join the Special Forces. How did you feel to be in direct competition with men?
I’m really competitive and always want to be one of the best, whether I’m up against males or females. Some of the guys on SAS were impossible to catch but I always stayed in around 5th place in the physical challenges – as long as I could keep the leaders in my sights I was happy! In my opinion women often have a lot of mental strength which is really valuable.

For those who haven’t been watching SAS: Who Dares Wins (Channel 4), can you please bring us up to speed with how the elimination process works?
We filmed the series in the Andes mountains of central Chile. 25 recruits are whittled down over the course of the series until just a few remain – recruits are eliminated either because they withdrew voluntarily or because they were pulled out by the instructors who thought they couldn’t hack it. The first four days included a range of physical and mental challenges, from running down a cliff face and diving into a freezing pool of water to towing a 120kg sled through the snow and racing with a 90kg log. This log run was the most horrendous thing I have ever done in my life – we were split into two teams, each of which had to carry a log up a mountain where the incline was 60% at times. That made me never want to see another log again! Until May of course…

I love how you say that when you know you’re going to see plenty of logs again at Tribal Clash Portugal! Obviously by now you are well aware that Event Director Andrew Barker loves programming workouts featuring logs, a staple element & infamous primal feature…
Yes of course. Just a few weeks after I got back from filming the series in Chile my coach at CrossFit Cumbria got a log out and said ‘right we’re going for a run’…definitely not what I wanted to do! I did learn a lot from taking part in SAS though as I now know how to get into a completely different zone mentally.

Why do you think you were selected to take part in the series?
I think that I actually believed in myself a lot more because of Tribal Clash – as well as leaving me with a craving for more challenges, it had given me a lot of confidence and shown me that I can do things that I hadn’t expected. I really tried to get that idea across to the producers and show them that my limits were further than I had thought.

How do the primal movements of Tribal Clash relate to your day-to-day life?
I work with sheep, cows and dogs all day – I love it! Farming definitely keeps me fit as I’m constantly walking up hills, lifting feed bags, throwing hay around and chasing after animals; plus my grip strength is amazing from catching sheep and trying to hang on to them!
I wasn’t always a farmer though – I actually grew up on the Wirral but always loved animals and being outdoors, so after University I took the plunge and moved to Cumbria!

Did Tribal Clash help you get through the challenges the series threw at you?
Yes! There were loads of times, especially during the log run – I got quite excited when I saw the log thinking ‘yes, we did this at Tribal Clash and I loved it!’ Then I realised how heavy it was and how steep the mountain was…The whole time I was telling myself to pretend it was hot and I was on the beach at Tribal Clash! I was also trying to support everybody else and encourage them to keep going.
We were subjected to a lot of beastings which included carrying a partner on your back and holding rocks above your head for as long as possible – with challenges like that I felt pretty confident as I’d done something similar at Tribal. I just had to make sure I kept that mentality of hanging on as long as possible and not letting my head give up!
When I was in Chile I really appreciated that I’d been to a Tribal Clash competition as it prepared me so much. Now I’m back from filming the series I’m in a proper Tribal training programme as I just want to smash it this year!

Do you prefer taking part in a challenge as an individual like you did on the SAS series, or working as a team as you do at Tribal Clash?
On SAS it’s true that you are doing for yourself as an individual, but you become so close to the other recruits that you feel like everyone is really supporting each other and looking out for each other. You only feel like you’re on your own when you’re halfway up a mountain taking part in a gruelling challenge and you’ve got to fight your own demons to make yourself carry on. On SAS you need to have the ability to self-motivate, whereas at Tribal Clash you’ve always got your teammates pushing you – I think that having worked in a team environment previously, I actually found it easier to motivate myself as I had already learnt what to say to encourage others.
Given the choice, I would definitely choose to compete as part of a team as it makes me work so much harder and I love having the support of my teammates. Achieving something as a team is amazing and the celebrations are so much bigger when there are six of you!

What did you achieve at Tribal Clash Portugal 2019 that you hadn’t expected?
We reached the final in Portugal which was a massive surprise as my teammates had told me that they’d never got past the tug of war before! The tug of war itself was so tough, then we had some confusion where we thought we’d pulled the other team over but we actually hadn’t won yet…we started celebrating leaving just one person holding onto the rope, then the rest of us realised and it was sheer panic to get back on the rope to pull it across the line! My heart was racing, my forearms were burning; I honestly don’t know how we clung on. Tug of war is seriously hard – that’s a whole mind game in itself!

What’s your most memorable moment from Tribal Clash Portugal 2018?
One moment would obviously be the tug of war, but I also feel like I’ve got unfinished business with the atlas stones! I had never picked up an atlas stone until five days before Tribal and thought there’d be no way I’d be able to lift any of them. I managed to lift the lighter stones in Portugal but not the heavier ones, so I’ve been training hard and can almost get the 65kg stone to my shoulder. Atlas stones had better feature this year or I’ll be fuming!

What would you like to see programmed during the Tribal Clash 2019 season?
I actually like the thrill of the suspense; just showing up and not knowing what’s going to happen other than having to lug heavy stuff around and climbing up ropes!

How would you describe Tribal Clash to someone who’s never heard of it?
It’s a badass fitness competition on the beach which draws people from all over the world, and you do epic things like flip tyres and carry logs with your team.

How does Tribal Clash make you feel?
Confident. Invincible. Like I could do anything!

That’s fantastic…thanks for chatting to us Hannah – we’ll definitely be watching you on SAS and look forward to seeing you in Portugal!