The Freestyle Session World Finals ’18, took place on November 10th and 11th, 2018 at the La Boom Nightclub in Huntington Park, California as part of the 2018 Pro Breaking Tour’s Champions Series. The event was organized by Cros1 in conjunction with Grassroots Productions and paid $50,000 in cash and prizes. A panel of five judged the 2v2 Crew-on-Crew Battle. There was a Hip Hop Swap Meet and MC Showcase. There were special performances by Z*Trip, Bboy Storm, Artson & Lord Finesse. The event was hosted by Cros1 along with Ivan the Urban Action Figure. The DJs for the battles were Lean Rock, Fleg, Abel, Skeme Richards, Kev the Renegade, Timber, Mane One, Kaistar Element, Kidriz, Ervin Arana, Roxswift and Megatone. Other events throughout the weekend will be Rocking Battles, Top Rock Battle, Kids 2vs2 Battles (under 14), Popping Battles, Whaacking Battles & Open Styles Battles.
Open 2-vs-2 Prize Distribution: $40,000 Cash + 2 Championship Rings + prizes from sponsors
o $20,000 for first place; $8,000 for second place; $2,000 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th); $8,000 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th); $400 for each Round of 16 loser (9th-16th; $100 for each Round of 32 loser (17th-32nd)
Judges for the 2-on-2:
Charles/Goku ~ Prelim + Alternate
Renegade ~ Prelim + Alternate
Eddie Styles ~ Prelim + Alternate
Jeskilz ~ 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 2-on-2 battle it was the BC One All Stars (Wing & Hong 10) who took first place over Yan the Shrimp & Robin.
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 pictures from Kien Quan & Stance, who were on the prowl throughout the weekend looking for the perfect shots to capture the event.
The 2018 Silverback Open Championships took place on October 27th and 28th, 2018 at a new venue named 2300 Arena, based in South Philadelphia. Nearly 850 breakers from 50 countries battled to get into the final rounds on a main stage and two cypher stages with three giant video screens run by and8 from Germany scheduling the breakers during the preliminaries and final rounds.
A panel of seven judged the 1-v-1 Open, 1-v-1 Bgirl, 3-v-3 Open, and 1-v-1 U14, with two alternates available in the event a judge happened to be in the same crew as a competitor, which brought the total judging panel to nine for the weekend.
The Silverback Open is a Champions Series level event on the Pro Breaking Tour and is organized by Silverback Bboy Events. The 2018 event was the fifth Silverback Open – the 1-v-1 Open is one of the most challenging breaking events in the world, given the depth and quality of the competitive field, featuring scores of past winners of leading international breaking competitions and Pro Breaking Tour events, many of whom do not get past the preliminaries.
As with all competitions, there can only be one first place winner in each category, and the Silverback Open had its well deserving victors in every category. In the 1-v-1 Open battle, Victor (Squadron / MF Kidz / Red Bull BC One All Stars) took first place over Stripes (Main Ingredientz / Flipside Kings); for the Bgirls, 15-year old Logistx (Underground Flow) prevailed over Jilou (Jimakeno Crew / Nin10do Crew); in the 3-v-3 Open, Plan B (Menno, Hong10, and Vero) took first over Navi Crew (Lussy Sky, Beetle, and Shigekix); and, in the U14 category, Lorenzo (born in 2005) took first over Kid Dynamite (2010).
Results of the final rounds are available on the and8 website.
Prize Money Breakdown
1-on-1 Open Prize Distribution: $26,800 Cash for the final 32 breakers + Gold and Silver Silverback Medals
$15,000 for first place + gold Silverback medal; $5,000 for second place + silver Silverback medal; $1,000 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th); $500 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th); $250 for each Round of 16 loser (9th-16th); $50 for each Round of 32 loser (17th-32nd).
1-on-1 Bgirl Battle Prize Distribution: $9,500 Cash for the final 8 Bgirl qualifiers who were selected from the 1-on-1 Open prelims + Gold and Silver Silverback Medals
$5,000 for first place + gold Silverback medal; $2,500 for second place + silver Silverback medal; $500 for each semifinal loser; $250 for each quarterfinal loser.
3-on-3 Open Crew Prize Distribution: $23,700 Cash for the top eight crews + Gold and Silver Silverback Medals
$12,000 for first place + gold Silverback medal; $4,500 for second place + silver Silverback medal; $2,400 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th); $600 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th).
1-on-1 U14 Prize Distribution: Gold and Silver Silverback Medals
Gold Silverback medal for first place; silver Silverback medal for second place
Judges for the 1-v-1 Open, 1-v-1 Bgirl, 3-on-3 Open, and 1-on-1 U14:
Seven judges and two alternates judges served for 2018, including seven judges who were new to the main event at the Silverback Open – after five years the Silverback Open has featured 47 different judges from around the world.
Crazy Legs – Rock Steady Crew (United States)
Storm – Battle Squad (Germany)
Poe One – Style Elements / Mighty Zulu Kings (United States)
Narumi – Body Carnival (Japan)
Skim – Jinjo Crew / 7 Commandos (Korea)
Lil Cesar – Air Force Crew (United States)
Goku – Soul Control (United States)
Jeskilz – Cyper Adikts (United States and Algeria) [Alternates / Prelims]
Johnjay Chon managed the event logistics, with a great staff of breakers and event organizers assisting.
The DJs for the weekend were Lean Rock (Squadron / Boogie Brats), BlesOne (Knuckleheads Cali), Fleg (Lionz of Zion) and Foxx Boogie (Repstyles).
As for emcees, Ivan the Urban Action Figure (Style Elements) and Nemesis (Breaks Crew) handled the main stage battles during the final rounds and prelims — Cros1 (FreeStyle Session) and Tyrone (The Notorious IBE / 45 Live) handled the cypher stages during the prelims.
The livestream was broadcast by Stance Elements and the hosts were Profo Won (Floor Games), Ark (808 Breakers), Candy (Floorlords), and Queen (NV).
The Rock Harder IV: Freestyle Session Canada, presented by the Pro Breaking Tour and sanctioned by UDEF, took place on Sunday, April 8th, 2018 at The Long Boat Hall in Toronto, ON Canada. This Pro Breaking Tour Futures Series Event featured a 2-vs-2 Bboy/Bgirl Breaking Battle and a 1-v-1 invitational battle, awarding a total of $3,000.
2-vs-2 Breaking Battle Prize Distribution:
o $1,000 for first place
o $500 for second place
o $200 for 3rd place – semifinalist
o $200 for 4th place – semifinalist
1-vs-1 Invitational Battle Prize Distribution:
o $500 for first place
o $350 for second place
o $125 for 3rd place – semifinalist
o $125 for 4th place – semifinalist
Beats Dropped by:
o DJ Timber (Spain via Toronto) w/ DJ M4RS (BTX, Toronto)
Judges for 1-vs-1 Breaking Battle:
o Nasty Ray (Squadron, San Jose)
o Switch B (The FAM, Toronto)
o Phil Wizard (Wizards, Vancouver)
Congratulations to for Boxone/Breeze taking the win over Ground Illusions in the 2-vs-2 breaking battle finals. GWS and Unknown Floor Force were both semi-finalists.
Congratulations to Jbugz for taking the win over Samson in the 1-vs-1 breaking battle finals. Siahnara & Flonetik were both semi-finalists.
Big congrats to all competitors who entered!
Check back soon for more pictures and videos from the event.