Top 9 Crew from Russia became the first ever champions at Breakin World Series in Montpellier, France, this weekend, beating Korean crew Morning of Owl in an epic final that included two tie-breaks.
The unique approach to the battle format brought the city of Montpellier alive for an entire week, as eight top breaking crews had one week in Montpellier with a videographer and a beat producer to produce a single video clip. These clips made up the Breakin Video Series and were screened at the event and judged on performance and video production by an elite judging panel, the resulting ranking determining the order of an 8 v 8 battle.
“It is the first time we’ve won in France,” said Resky of Top 9 Crew. “We’ve won everywhere but here. Creating the videos also provided us with an opportunity to showcase what we do. This is the future.”
The concept of Breakin’ World Series was developed by Association Attitude, organisers of Battle of the Year International 2010, 2011 and 2012. A revolution in the battle format by introducing the video concept, it allowed the crews to stay together for a week and encouraged exchanges between crews and crew mates.
“The videos produced are great for the crews to use in the future, perfect for promoting themselves as well as the city,” said event organiser Thomas Raymond.
Top 9 Crew also won the Breakin Video Series. Their video, directed by GoDoPro, with music by Space Kid won the title of “Best Video”. All Breakin’ World Series videos will be released on the Breakin’ World Series Youtube Channel soon.
Breakin’ World Series took place on Saturday 7 December 2013 at Zenith Sud in Montpellier, France with videos judged by B-Boy Lilou, B-Boy Lamine, B-Boy Ducky, B-Boy Rubberlegz and Kash Gaines of YAK Films and resulting crew battles by Mohamed Belarbi, Rubberlegz and Ducky.
Breakin’ World Series 2013
Winner: Top 9 Crew (Russia)
Runner up: Morning Of Owl (South Korea)
Best video: Top 9 Crew
Other competing crews:
Melting Force (France)
Brazilian Team (Brazil)
Shake Styles (Spain)
The Ruggeds (Netherlands)
Found Nation (Japan)
Bboy World Crew (USA)