It’s on! Judging for Round 1 of the 2019 Red Bull Street Style Women’s World Championship is underway. At stake: the chance to ultimately be one of the seven top athletes who will join reigning champion Aguska Mnich of Poland in the battle to claim the 2019 women’s title when the World Final takes place for both male and female contenders in Miami, Florida, USA on 14-15 November.
The five elite judges for Round 1, all freestyle football (soccer) professionals appointed by the WFFA, don’t have an easy task: By the 25 July deadline, thirty-one of the best female freestylers from across the planet had submitted 90-second, unedited videos of their most outstanding routines.
Among them is Mélody Donchet of France, displaying the kind of dazzling form that earned her back-to-back Red Bull Street Style crowns before Mnich grabbed the title last year, as well as other big names like Laura Biondo (Venezuela), Laura Dekker (Netherlands), Kalina Matysiak (Poland) and Lucia Kevická (Slovakia), to mention just a few. The judges can choose only 14 freestyle queens to advance to Round 2; and with hopefuls from five continents in the mix, including some exciting young phenoms, it’s impossible to know who will get the nod.