B-Boy Menno described winning the most prestigious title in breaking in his home country (RedbullBCone) as “one of the best moments of my life so far”.
The 2014 champion won his title back in Amsterdam after an All-Star final against fellow former winner B-Boy Wing from South Korea.
After nine months of intense cyphers around the globe, the 14th edition of the World Final all came down to one explosive night at the Westergasfabriek in the capital of The Netherlands.
Menno, 28, wasn’t going to let the moment pass him by. He said: “I trained like an animal. I was one month away from home on tour, and I trained every moment I had.
“I woke up early to do workouts and looked after my body all the time. I have never been this fit before ever in my life.
“I hope a lot of kids are inspired to start dancing. This is the pinnacle. My family and crew were all here and the whole country was watching. I knew there was a chance to win.”
In total, 16 breakers from nine countries took the stage in the final with more than 3,000 fans providing a booming atmosphere for the past, present and future of the breaking scene to do battle for the title.
Menno, a member of the famous HustleKidz crew, navigated his way past Ratin (BRA), Kill (KOR) and Shigekix (JPN) before going head-to-head with 2008 champion Wing and receiving a clean sweep of the judges’ scorecards.
Wing, who knocked defending champion Issei out in the second round, said: “Red Bull BC One is the most difficult competition.
“I am happy I made the final and got second place. I was right there. I had some mistakes and I think that is why I lost.”
Judge Crazy Legs, a legend of the hip-hop scene, added: “It was well deserved. I was thinking there must have been a certain amount of pride to help him through as I knew he was tired. I really feel he did this for his country. He won for his people more than himself.”
Elsewhere in the draw there were notable performances from Japanese duo Ayumi and Shigekix. Ayumi, the first ever B-Girl in the World Final, narrowly lost to Kill in Round 1 while 15-year-old Shigekix, the youngest ever on the stage, made it all the way to the semi-final.
About Red Bull BC One
Red Bull BC One is a global celebration of Hip Hop, combining dance, music, style and art followed by millions on TV and online. Since its inception in 2004, it has become the premier competition in the world of breaking, consistently attracting the best individual breakers on the planet.