Freestyle Session World Finals (2015) – Event Recap

Freestyle Session World Finals 2015
Los Angeles, California

The Freestyle Session World Finals ’15 took place on November 7th and 8th, 2015 at the La Boom Nightclub in Huntington Park, California as part of the 2015 Pro Breaking Tour’s Champions Series.  The event was organized by Cros1 in conjunction with Grassroots Productions and paid $60,000 in cash and prizes, with the 1-on-1 winner earning a spot in this year’s Undisputed battle in France.  A panel of five judged the Open 1-on-1, and Open 3-on-3  formats.  There were special performances by TeamBackPack, MC Supernatural, Zamounda, Loaf Muzik, Chris Rivers, and a Live Paint Set by Ricardo Arts. There was a photo exhibit by Joe Conzo “Born in the Bronx.” The event was hosted by Cros1 along with Ivan the Urban Action Figure and the DJs for the battles were Lean Rock, Bles One, Renegade, Charlie Rock, Kogataroo, Abel, Element, Ervin Arana, Mane One and kidRIZ.

Prize Money Breakdown

  • Open 1-on-1 Prize Distribution: $19,600 Cash + Trip to Undisputed World Championship (Marseilles, France) event in December + Mackie Freeplay Personal PA System.

o   $7,500 for first place + qualification into the Undisputed bboy battle in Marseilles, France in December, 2015 + Mackie Freeplay Personal PA System; $3,500 for second place; $1,500 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th); $500 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th); $300 for each Round of 16 loser (9th-16th); $75 for each Round of 32 loser (17th-32nd).

  • Open 3-on-3 Crew Prize Distribution: $22,800 Cash + 3 Championship Rings + Mackie Freeplay Personal PA System + prizes from sponsors

o   $7,500 for first place + Mackie Freeplay Personal PA System; $4,500 for second place; $1,500 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th); $750 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th); $300 for each Round of 16 loser (9th-16th); $150 for each Round of 32 loser (17th-32nd).

  • Judges for the Open 1-on-1, Open 3-on-3
  1. Poe One: Style Elements / Rock So Fresh
  2. Focus: Flo Mo (1-on-1 judge only, Day 1)
  3. Freeze: Ghost Crew
  4. Crazy Legs: Rock Steady Crew
  5. Charles aka Goku: Soul Control
  6. Lil John: Havikoro (3-on-3 judge only, Day 2)

Freestyle Session has always been a gathering of the worldwide bboy and bgirl community and this year was no different.  There were familiar faces from many scenes, crossing multiple generations, all getting down together with a vibe like no other. BBoys and BGirls showed up from all corners of the globe to compete at this year’s World Finals event all hoping to grab a spot in the top 32 bracket.  With a payout at the top 32 level, all the breakers had incentive to give it their all in hopes to advance and with a steady flow of Monster Energy, the dancers had no trouble bringing their A-game. It was one of the most anticipated events of the year and now that the dust has cleared, we have our champions from the Freestyle Session World Finals, Pro Breaking Tour, Champions Series event.

In the 1-on-1 battle, Victor took first place over Kleju; Moy and Morris were semifinalists; Gravity, El Nino, Lancer and Fleau were quarterfinalists; Issei, Sunni, Yarko, Robin, Cheerito, Thomas, Kid Columbia and Yuri were round of 16 qualifiers; Tawfiq, Xisco, Flea Rock, Hijack, Kowloon, Lil John, Tricky, Toasta, Danilo, Shade, Harrien, Kazuki Roc, Buckshot, Wing Zero, Flexum and Pop were round of 32 qualifiers.   In the 3-on-3 battle it was 7Commandoz (Korea) who took first place over Found Carnival (Japan).  Gun Smoke Breakers and Last Rock Coast were semifinalists; The Squadron, Double Kill, Polskee Flavor and KHCA were quarterfinalists; Rugged Found Nation Ariya, Shock the World, The Legendary PBoys, The Ruggeds, BB Carnival, East Side BBoys, Hustle Kids and Unstopabulls were round of 16 qualifiers; Queen of Queenz, IT Island, Castor Evolution, Ukraine Bluntz, Silverback Youngbloods, Funky Belgianz, Soul Mavericks, 5 Crew Dynasty, Skill Brat Renegades, Robin & Cheerito, Killafornia, Mafia 13, Flow Mo, DF Zulu, Knucklehead Zoo and Soul Disorders were round of 32 qualfiers.

There was a 2-on-2 Bgirl Battle that was hosted by NoEasyProps and sponsored by  Congratulations to Narumi and Ayumi (Body Carnival) for taking the win.

There was also a 2-on-2 Hip Hop/Freestyle/All Style Dance Battle and a 1-on-1 Popping Battle.

Huge Congrats to all competitors who entered.

There were so many great battles throughout the weekend, some of which you can check out below in the video links.  Also below are great photos from Kien Quan, Stance and Mason Rose who were on the prowl throughout the weekend looking for the perfect shots to capture the event.

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Check out photos and videos from the event:

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Video Links:

Freestyle Session World Finals 2015 | Film by Mason Rose | UDEF x Silverback

Freestyle Session 1on1 2015 Bboy Battle | UDEF x Silverback x YAK

Freestyle Session 2015 3on3 Bboy Battles | UDEF x Silverback x YAK

Freestyle Session World Finals Day 1 Live Stream Replay | 1v1 | UDEF x Silverback x Monster Energy

Freestyle Session World Finals Day 2 Live Stream Replay | 3v3 | UDEF x Silverback x Monster Energy

Day 1 Photos from Kien Quan:

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Day 2 Photos from Kien Quan:

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