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CrossFit Siargao, Destroyed by Typhoon, Rebuilds with Worldwide Support
Friends and business partners Mike Breuker and Daphne Oudshoorn considered throwing in the towel and walking away from their gym—CrossFit Siargao on Siargao Island in the Philippines—when it was all but destroyed by the fatal Typhoon Odette that hit the island on December 16, 2021.
“That was the first question. Are we actually going to rebuild?” Breuker admitted, adding that not only was their gym destroyed, but the Typhoon also took out Oudshoorn’s house.
Despite their doubts about going back to the island and returning to gym ownership, something told them to begin the long rebuilding process.
Their Journey to the Philippines
Breuker and Oudshoorn first started CrossFit in their homeland of the Netherlands when Breuker became Oudshoorn’s coach in 2016. The two became friends, and soon after that, Oudshoorn started coaching, as well.
“And after one training (session), we were cycling home, and Mike was saying, ‘I’m thinking about starting a gym, somewhere in Asia’…and my first reply was, ‘Wherever you go, I will come with you so we can start it together,’” Oudshoorn explained.
After doing some research, they settled on the Philippines, where they found some land in the jungle that would become home, not just to their gym, but also to both of their houses.
And then, just as they were getting set to open their gym, COVID-19 hit and the country went into lockdown. So the first year-and-a-half of their gym ownership was spent during a pandemic, and the moment they were finding their footing, Typhoon Odette hit and destroyed their gym.
The Open is over.😪 However, we’ve got you covered. Keep checking the Morning Chalk Up Open landing page, and newsletter over the next few days for our expert insight and analysis, breaking down the 2022 edition in full.
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Now that the CrossFit Open has wrapped, the community turns its attention to the next part of the season: quarterfinals, and ultimately, the in-person semifinals.
This year the braintrust behind the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge figured they weren’t busy enough and said yes to hosting a second Semifinal, the weekend after nonetheless, as the Syndicate Crown will kick off May 20-22 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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