Freestyle Session World Finals 2017
Los Angeles, California
The Freestyle Session World Finals ’17, 20th Anniversary, took place on November 11th and 12th, 2017 at the La Boom Nightclub in Huntington Park, California as part of the 2017 Pro Breaking Tour’s Champions Series. The event was organized by Cros1 in conjunction with Grassroots Productions and paid $30,000 in cash and prizes. A panel of five judged the Open Crew-on-Crew Battle. There was a Hip Hop Swap Meet and MC Showcase. There were special performances by One Be Lo, Fusik with a dedication to Mex One, S.O.U.L. Purpose & Immortal Technique. The event was hosted by Cros1 along with Ivan the Urban Action Figure. The DJs for the battles were Lean Rock, Abel, Bles One, Kidriz, Ervin Arana, Renegade, Fleg, Roxswift, Buddha Stretch, Link and Charlie Rock. Other events throughout the weekend will be Rocking Battles, Kids 2vs2 Battles (under 16), Popping Battles, Whaacking Battles & Open Styles Battles.
- Open crew-on-crew (10-vs-10) Prize Distribution: $30,000 Cash + 10 Championship Rings + prizes from sponsors
o $10,000 for first place; $6,000 for second place; $3,000 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th); $1,000 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th); $500 for each Round of 16 loser (9th-16th)
- Judges for the Crew-on-Crew:
- Crazy Legs (Rock Steady Crew)
- Poe One (Style Elements)
- Swiftrock (Battle Squad)
- Reveal (Rock Force/Killafornia)
- Wicket (Renegades)
- Charles/Goku (Soul Control) ~ Prelim + Alternate
- Bojin (Taiwan/Bboyworld Asia) ~ Prelim + Alternate
- Jeskilz (Cypher Addicts) ~ Prelim + Alternate
- Renegade ~ 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 16 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 Crew-on-Crew battle it was the Monster Energy Bboys who took first place over Squadron.
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, who was on the prowl throughout the weekend looking for the perfect shots to capture the event.
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Check back soon for more photos and videos from the event!
Pics from Kien Quan: