Relive the Red Bull BC One Japan World Final 2016 through the unique and intimate point of view of the photographer Little Shao. Enjoy these 18 behind-the-scenes snaps from Nagoya.
Hello world. The Red Bull BC One has landed in Nagoya. Benstacks (Knucklehead Zoo / Supercr3w, USA) about to take the hotel shuttle to the welcome dinner for participants and judges.
The Nagoya welcome dinner takes place in a traditional Japanese restaurant. The B-Boys and judges enjoy the welcoming words from the Japan team.
As in one big family the B-Boys, Judges and artists shuttle between hotel, photoshoots, rehearsals and visits to the Red Bull BC One Camp.
Gameday. The World Final is hours away. B-Boy Kleju from Poland passes the security guard and walks into the secured backstage area of the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.
Is former World Champion and Red Bull BC One All Star Neguin contemplating his battle strategy? The tension in the warm up room is building up.
Kid Colombia representing both The Netherlands and Colombia is taking a quick last massage before the heat is on.
Countdown. 40 minutes before showtime. B-Boy Focus from Finland is still relaxing.
It’s time. 16 of the best B-Boys are seconds away from being called to the world podium.
The B-Boys are presented to the stage. The world and an exhilarated crowd at the sold out Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium are watching.
It’s just begun. During the battles the hallways of the backstage area look like a deserted place far away from the dance floor.
Benstacks makes the long walk from the warm up room to the waiting area.
2015 Red Bull BC One World Champion Victor (USA) is up next. In the tunnel underneath the main stage Victor is patiently waiting for MC Rakaa to call him to the stage.
Red Bull BC One All Stars Lil G (left), Roxrite (right) are ready for the final. Neguin (middle) did not make it past the top 8.
Finalist Hong 10’s moment of truth has come.
The Red Bull BC One World Final is in its final stage. One more wait in the tunnel. B-Boy Issei is about to hit the stage for the last time.
2 times world champion Hong 10 and Young Gun Issei perform their last fight in one of the most epic battles in BC One history.
The final battle is over. Hong 10 focussing on the judges while they present their winner cards one by one.
2 judge votes each. Will it be Hong 10 or Issei? Tension is going through the roof. Judge Storm makes the final call.
Japanese B-Boy Issei representing Found Nation and Kyushu Danji is the new 2016 Red Bull BC One World Champion.
Photos by Little Shao