The weekend of Nov. 7th and 8th marked a milestone in the breaking community. Freestyle Session, one of the community’s most historic events, celebrated 18 years of contribution to breaking and Hip Hop culture. For its 18th anniversary, the event celebrated with a bang. FSS marked the 43rd stop in the Pro Breaking Tour, as well as it’s 2nd championship event of the year. After taking place in San Diego, CA in 2014, it was time to bring it back to the “City of Angels” for 2015.
After a world tour that had stops in Europe, Japan, Brazil and many states within the USA, it was time for the best of the best to gather for the world finals. Bboys and Bgirls from every corner of the world came out to Los Angeles to join the festivities. Upon arrival at the LAX airport, I ran into a handful of bboys in town for the event. It was then that I knew FSS would be massive. It is difficult to recall what countries were represented at FSS, but its safe to say over 50 countries had representation. An estimated 2,500 bboys, bgirls, spectators, and lovers of dance came out to partake in the celebration making FSS 18 one of its biggest editions ever.
Traditionally known for its crew vs crew breaking battles, FSS 18th had plenty of categories for all to enjoy. The categories were: 3 Vs 3 breaking battles, 1 vs 1 breaking battles, 2 vs 2 bgirl battles, 2 vs 2 freestyle battles, 1 vs 1 popping battles and 1 vs 1 rocking battle.
As we said, plenty of categories for all dancers to compete in and spectators to enjoy. With so many categories it was important for the venue to have different rooms for each category to keep the flow of the event going. FSS 18th venue did not disappoint. 3 different rooms for 3 different categories and cyphers. The venue was so dope it came equipped with a restaurant! Mexican food for the W!!
Where do I start? Much like Silverback Open, the talent pull was NEXT LEVEL! And much like Silverback Open, for the competitions “winnings” let’s just say “stakes is high”. Lets check out the prize money breakdowns:
• Open 1v1 Prize Distribution: $19,600 Cash + Trip to Undisputed World Championship (Marseilles, France) event in December + Mackie Freeplay Personal PA System.
$7,500 for first place + qualification into the Undisputed bboy battle in Marseilles, France in December, 2015 + Mackie Freeplay System; $3,500 for second place; $1,500 for each semifinal loser (3rd4th); $500 for each quarterfinal loser (5th8th); $300 for each Round of 16 loser (9th16th); $75 for each Round of 32 loser (17th32nd).
∙ Open 3v3 Crew Prize Distribution: $22,800 Cash + 3 Championship Rings + Mackie Freeplay Personal PA System + prizes from sponsors
$7,500 for first place + Mackie Freeplay System; $4,500 for second place; $1,500 for each semifinal loser (3rd4th); $750 for each quarterfinal loser (5th8th); $300 for each Round of 16 loser (9th16th); $150 for each Round of 32 loser (17th32nd).
The judges for both categories who were assigned the “heavy duty tuff work” responsibility were:
Poe One: Style Elements / Rock So Fresh2 Focus: Flo Mo (1v1 judge only, Day 1) Freeze: Ghost Crew Crazy Legs: Rock Steady Crew Charles aka Goku: Soul Control Lil John: Footwork Fanatix
For the first time ever, a very special 2 vs 2 bgirl battle (hosted by No Easy Props) took The 2 vs 2 bgirl battles featured 18 crews from across the world. Bgirls from Japan, Spain, Canada and across the USA came out to represent. A top level panel of bgirl judges consisted of A.T (FloMo Crew), Jeskilz (Cypher Adikts), and Asia One (No Easy Props)
SATURDAY Nov 7th: DAY ONE
Day one of Freestyle Session was all about the 1 vs 1 bboy battles. That $7,500 first place cash prize ranks top 5 (prize) in the break world so taking home the W was something plenty of the worlds best wanted to achieve. 290 bboys/bgirls signed up for the battle. Yes, TWO NINE ZERO! From these 290, it went down to the Top 32. Check out some of the names that made the battles: Victor (SB Open Champ), Moy, Sunni, El Nino, Flea Rock, Gravity, Kleju, Fleau, Robin, Kid Columbia, Morris, Issei, Lil John, Yarko, Xisco, Kazuki Roc, Cheerito, Flexum and Wing Zero to name a few.
Thanks to the event sponsors: Silverback Bboy Events, Monster Energy, Mackie, and Uber you can now catch up on the battles with the LIVE STREAM!! How great is that, live stream events are becoming the norm in our community. But I for one think it should be PPV live stream…..just saying.
FREESTYLE SESSION DAY 1 FULL LIVE STREAM:
SUNDAY Nov 8th: DAY TWO!
With the 1st day in the books, it was time to focus the attention on the 3 vs 3 breaking battles. The two time defending champs,The Squadron, were back to retain the title but the competition was not easy. Close to 200 crews signed up for the 3 vs 3 battles. 32 crews advanced to the battles. Check out some of the top crews representing: 7 Commandos, Hustle Kidz, The Ruggeds, Found Carnival, East Side Bboys, Skill Brat Renegades, Knuckle Heads Cali, Soul Mavericks, 5 Crew Dynasty, FloMo, DF Zulu, and……………..THE RETURN OF THE P BOYS. (haha!)
Again, thanks to our great sponsors, you can now catch the full live stream here!
FREESTYLE SESSION DAY 2 FULL LIVE STEAM”
And there you have it! Two days of memorable battles, memorable moments from a memorable event!
Congrats to all the champions of the weekend!
Victor 1 vs 1 Solo Champ
7Commandoz 3 vs 3 Champs
Body Carnival 2 vs 2 Bgirl Champs
Wacko 1 vs 1 Rocking Champ
For the best pictures of the weekend, check out the Pro Breaking Tour FB page on link: HERE
A very special shout out to the one and only Cros One for 18 years of contribution to the scene!
I remember Crazy Legs wrote a statement about Cros after Freestyle Session 8 in 2004. The statement said something like”
“Cros1 gets major props for not letting the system beat him down. He’s given bboys and bgirls platforms around the world through his events for all of us to treat as one of our playgrounds. DON’T LET THIS EVENT STOP. IT’S NEEDED.”
Cros, my brotha. THANK YOU! THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES FOR INSPIRING SO MANY!
Next up, The 2015 Pro Breaking Tour comes to its final stops. Chill in the City Paris, France and Phaze 2 Anniversary Chicago, Ill.
Full tour dates: udeftour.org