The queens of freestyle – this year’s female championships will have online qualifiers.
8 female freestylers will be chosen for the Red Bull Street Style 2019 World Finals to be held in Miami, Florida, 12th – 15th of November. The Polish Aguska Mnich, defending champion of the series, secured a spot when she won the World Final in Warsaw in 2018: that means there are 7 spots remaining for only the best freestylers, who will be selected through online qualifiers.
Qualification will consist of two parts:
90 second routine video. Videos will be ranked, and the 14 best players will advance onto the second part — the online battles.
Players will send their non-edited 90-second freestyle routine video.
Videos should not exceed 90 seconds of action and should be no shorter than 80 seconds. Videos that don’t respect these criteria’s will not be accepted (video requirements described below).
The 14 best players will advance onto the second part — the online battles. The winners of each of these seven battles will earn themselves a spot at the World Finals.
These videos will be ranked by 5 international professional freestylers appointed by the WFFA. Judges will consider the overall performance.
The considerations for routines are the following:
Competitors must show a strong level of comfort in all the forms of the sport. The judges are looking for a CREATIVE combination of floor and standing tricks, as well as foot, head and body tricks: innovation and originality are critical to win this element of the game. Repetitions in a battle, or from one battle to another, are not appreciated.
This is how the technical side of the sport will be judged: difficulty, uniqueness and quality of execution are the core ingredients of control. Sloppiness or out-of-control execution will work against the competitor. Use of hands and mistakes are definitely not appreciated!
Style is as valuable as creativity and control. A good style appears effortless and smooth. Natural connection with the background music is an element of style, and so is something as simple as enjoying your tricks: never forget that having fun is the reason number one behind freestyling!
Based on their performance in the freestyle routines, 14 female athletes will be chosen to compete on the online battles.
Online battles work just like live ones: each player has three 30-second rounds.
Player A will send her first 30 second round to player B. Player B will then reply by sending her 1st round of 30 seconds to player A. This continues until both players send their three rounds. After, all rounds are combined by the battle supervisor and sent to the judges, who will then decide and announce the winner.
Online battles will be held through an email thread which will include the two freestylers in contention and a WFFA supervisor who will make sure that players send their rounds on time.
There will be seven initial battles, which will be structured according to the ranking of the routine videos: the freestyler who ranked first will battle the one who ranked 14th, the one ranked 2nd will battle against the one ranked 13th, and so on.
The 7 winners will be qualified for the live competition.
Results of the 7 winning female athletes will be announced on August 20.