On November 12, B-Girl India and B-Boy Victor were crowned champions of the 2022 Red Bull BC One World Final. Hosted at Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City – the birthplace of hip hop and break – the competition brought together the world’s top breakers to battle it out amongst a sold-out crowd and fans who tuned in from all corners of the globe.
Broken down into two brackets of Top 16 B-Boy and Top 16 B-Girl battles, the Red Bull BC One World Final featured an international line-up of elite competitors including country champions and world-class wildcards. Competitors were judged by a panel of legendary breakers, Ayumi, FaBGirl, Kid Glyde, Jey and Sick.
Following a fierce bracket of 16 one-on-one B-Girl battles, India, commanded the floor and was declared the B-Girl World Champion. The Netherlands-based B-Girl went head-to-head with 2021 Red Bull BC One World Champion Logistx, making history as the first Dutch B-Girl to ever win the World Championship title, as well as the youngest at just 16 years old.
B-Girl India said, following her head-to-head battle with defending champion, Logistx, “I had to battle the defending champion; that was not nothing. I had to do my best, but I was so happy to battle against her.”
B-Boy Victor dominated the B-Boy bracket, winning over the judges against B-Boy Lee in an intense final battle. This is the second time the 28-year-old B-Boy, who hails from Kissimmee, Florida, has taken home the Red Bull BC One World Finals title, having won the competition previously in 2015, when the event was held in Rome, Italy.
B-Boy Victor said on winning his second title, “It feels like a dream, to be honest. I can’t believe I won again. I wanted to prove to myself that I can do it again.”
The 2022 Red Bull BC One World Final paid tribute to the roots of hip hop and break by taking the competition back to New York City for the first time since 2009. Special performances were put on by New York legends Grandmaster Caz and Rakim, both artists who were instrumental in the hip hop movement born out of the Bronx. Fans enjoyed additional performances by Queens hip hop duo Black Sheep and revolutionary dance crew, the Jabbawockeez.
This year also marked the first time in Red Bull BC One history that the competition aired on ESPN+ with a two-hour highlight recap airing on ESPN on November 13. The full livestream is now available on Red Bull BC One YouTube, Red Bull BC One Facebook and Red Bull TV.