Freestyle Session World Finals 2016
Los Angeles, California
The Freestyle Session World Finals ’16 took place on November 12th and 13th, 2016 at the La Boom Nightclub in Huntington Park, California as part of the 2016 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 Prague, Czech Republic in January 2017. A panel of five judged the Open 1-on-1 Undisputed Battle, and Open 3-on-3 Crew Battle and Bgirl 1-v-1 Battle. There was a Hip Hop Swap Meet and MC Showcase. There were special performances by Dag Savage, Johaz & Exile, Dirty Science – LA, DJ Manwell & The Father of Hip Hop DJ Kool Herc. The event was hosted by Cros1 along with Ivan the Urban Action Figure and Tone Anderson. The DJs for the battles were Lean Rock, Skeme Richards, Element, Abel, Renegade, Bles One, Charlie Rock, Fleg, Ervin Arana, Smirnoff, Kidriz, Casey Masem and Mark Luv.
- Open 1-on-1 Prize Distribution: $18,300 Cash + Trip to Undisputed World Championship (Prague, Czech Republic) event in January.
o $7,500 for first place + qualification into the Undisputed bboy battle in Prague, Czech Republic in January 2016; $3,500 for second place; $1,250 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th); $500 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th); $200 for each Round of 16 loser (9th-16th); $75 for each Round of 32 loser (17th-32nd).
- Open 3-on-3 Crew Prize Distribution: $22,050 Cash + 3 Championship Rings + prizes from sponsors
o $7,500 for first place; $3,750 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).
- Bgirl 1-on-1 Prize Distribution: $2,000 Cash + Championship Ring
o $1,500 for first place; $500 for second place; $250 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th). The additional $500 sponsorship for first place was provided by Shaolin Productions.
- Judges for the Open 1-on-1, Open 3-on-3, Bgirl 1-on-1
- Charles aka Goku
- Reveal (Prelim + Alternate)
- Stuntman (Prelim + Alternate)
- Twixx (Prelim + Alternate)
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, Championship Series event.
In the 1-on-1 battle, El Nino took first place over Issei.
In the 3-on-3 battle it was Found Nation who took first place over Polskee Flavour.
In the 1-on-1 Bgirl battle, Yasmin took first place over Narumi.
There was also a 2-on-2 Hip Hop/House Battle, Kids 2-on-2 Battle, 1-on-1 Popping Battle and 4-on-4 Skillset Performance Competition.
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:
Photos by Kien Quan