Melbourne's Southern Cross Station in Melbourne's CBD played host on Sunday in front of a 300-strong crowd to the Aussie final of Red Bull BC One. B-Boys from all around the country descended on the busy train station to compete for the crown and a berth in the Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Qualifier, to be held in Auckland on September 1.
The cypher was judged by Australian B-Boy veteran Rush and two of the Red Bull BC One All Stars, Roxrite and Pelezinho. They had a difficult task as the top 16 were whittled down to eight, four and then the deciding one-on-one battle, between B-Boy Sette, from Melbourne who had the home town advantage and B-Boy Monsta who was representing the northern city of Brisbane. After five rounds, B-Boy Monsta's skills proved too good for Sette. His combinations and fresh moves were too strong for the Melbourne local.
Monsta, aka Jacob Herbert Goodridge is an industrial designer by day and a B-Boy by night. The 25-year old came runner up in the Queensland Cypher and didn't think he stood a chance coming into the event. Unable to train due to having his appendix removed via keyhole surgery only six weeks prior. He says he'll be training super hard for the Asia Pacific Regional Qualifier in September in Auckland.
Sitting alongside Red Bull BC One All Stars Roxrite (USA, and the current BC One world champ) and Pelézinho (Brazil) on the judging panel, veteran Australian B-Boy Rush had the unenviable task of splitting Monsta and Sette after an epic final battle.
“The final was really hard to judge,” Rush told Red Bull. “Initially I had it as a tie, and the other judges – one went for one guy and the other went for the other guy. But I was like ‘I shouldn’t tie in the final’, and I was leaning more towards Monsta because he had more variations and he didn’t repeat as much. Sette had a little bit more fire, but he was repeating a lot of the same stuff that he’d done in the other rounds, so he kind of ran out. Monsta just kept it together and was confident.”
Reflecting on the talent he saw in the final 16 on Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station train platform over the weekend, and across the rest of the country, Rush says the future of Australian B-Boy culture is in good hands.
“In the beginning I was like ‘I’m going to know everybody who’s entering, I’ve been to all the events, it’s going to be the same guys’,” Rush admitted, “but there was a lot of new faces, which is really cool. Especially in Melbourne, there’s a lot of young guys who entered – Perth as well had a lot of new kids, it was mostly new kids actually.”
Monsta will be up against the best in the region with competitors from Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand, to name a few. The winner will then go on to represent at the Red Bull BC One world final, to be held in Brazil in December.