Silverback Open Championships
Silverback Open Championships is an international b-boying competition held annually in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Silverback Open Championships, sponsored by Silverback Bboy Events as well as energy drink company Monster Energy, has been regarded as one of the main International B-Boy Championships held every year. It is part the Urban Dance & Educational Foundation's Pro Breaking Tour and Undisputed's World B-boy Series. It has featured some of the best and most well-known b-boys and b-girls around the world and received praise throughout the b-boy community for having a high level of competition and for having a warm welcome to guests and b-boys alike. Starting in 2015, Silverback Open Championship partnered with the World B-Boy Series to help crown the Undisputed b-boy champion at the end of the calendar year.
The 2019 Silverback Open was cancelled, as announced by Cros One, a leading figure in the Urban Dance & Educational Foundation (UDEF), which is the governing body behind the Pro Breaking Tour and the Silverback Open. The event's future is unknown.
Cros One, a leading figure in the Urban Dance & Educational Foundation (UDEF), announced that the 2019 Silverback Open was "...cancelled and most likely probably may never happen again." Daniel Zhu, founder of the media company Stance, which works closely with UDEF and the Pro Breaking Tour, said about the cancellation:
"...yes, Silverback Open 2019 is cancelled, and quite possibly for good. Background on Silverback: it was founded & funded by Steve Graham, a 60 year old businessman who has a love for breaking since the 80s. After knowing Steve this last 5 years, I can say he means well. He dances, and wants to showcase breaking to the rest of the world because...as we all agree, it's awesome. Thus he created Silverback Bboy Events, Pro Breaking Tour, and UDEF (the governing body). This venture the last 5 years was carried on through the assistance of many people in the scene who was the positive of this movement, including myself (Stance), Cros, TheBboySpot, Legits, Bboy Network, pretty much every organizer in North America.
Steve's main idea was to create a Tour like the X-Games, except for breaking, uniting many of the smaller events together, and hitting it off with an event of his own (Silverback Open), and Freestyle Session. Steve injected over $2.5 million of his own money into these events for prize money, DJ & judge fees, dancer invitee fees, media fees (we flew from city to city filming), and more. The hope was to create a spark into these events so a major sponsor, such as Monster, Red Bull, Uber, would be interested into sponsoring, then in the future the Tour could be self-sustaining in terms of financing without Steve's help.
Fast forward to yesterday, it was decided Silverback Open would be cancelled. In recent years the Tour has been getting harassment from some people in the scene, primarily Curtis Hedges (bboy Peter Pan), Erwin (Bboyworld), and Mr Freeze. Reasons stem from the Tour supporting bboys / judges / event promoters they do not support; Curtis claiming he has full copyright of the round-for-round judging format; general harassment that Steve is not part of the "bboy community" and so forth. Curtis has even brought forth "child labor" threats, saying the kids battles are against the law. All of this is to try and take down the Tour due to them not being at the head of the decision making table. Eventually, these threats got to a point where they were starting to bring personal matters in, such as Steve's investment firm, or Cros' family. It was this tipping point that Steve decided to stop.
So what happens next? As of this moment, Silverback Open is cancelled. The current Pro Breaking Tour will continue with the other events for this year. Freestyle Session is still here since it's Cros'. However, next year there may be considerably less money. (no Top 32 prizes, which was super generous to begin with) Also, without someone like Steve funding the Tour, there won't be any money to pay for a Tour manager, accountant, media expenses (us), so there may be a lot less organization next few years."
Silverback Open Championships 1-on-1 B-Boy resultsEdit
Silverback Open Championships 3 vs 3 resultsEdit
|2018||Hong 10, Menno, Vero||Lussy Sky, Beetle, Shigekix|
|2017||7 Commandoz||Robin, Alkolil, Bumblebee|
|2016||Kuzya, Sunni, Pocket||Super Cr3w|
|2015||7 Commandoz||Polskee Flavour|
|2014||Squadron||Lionz of Zion|
Silverback Open Championships 1-on-1 B-Girl resultsEdit
|2017||Ami||Good Foot||Ayumi||Body Carnival|
|2016||Narumi||Body Carnival||AT||Flow Mo Crew|
|2015||Narumi||Body Carnival||Macca||360 Flava|
|2014||AB Girl||Domestic Apes||Macca||360 Flava|
2018 1-on-1 Solo Battle resultEdit
2018 3 vs 3 Crew Battle resultEdit
2017 1-on-1 Solo Battle resultEdit
2017 3 vs 3 Crew Battle resultEdit
The Silverback Open Championships ’16 took place on October 8th and 9th 2016 at the YSC Sports complex outside of Philadelphia as part of the 2016 Pro Breaking Tour’s Champions Series. The event was organized by Silverback Bboy Events and paid $100,000 in cash prize money, plus trips for several winners to the Freestyle Session World Finals in Los Angeles, as well as a trip to compete at Undisputed in Prague, Czech Republic for the 1-on-1 Open winner. A panel of seven judged the 1-on-1 Open, the 3-on-3 Open and the 1-on-1 Bgirl with two alternates in case a judge happened to be in the same crew as a competitor. The preliminary battles expanded the judging panel to five judges for each cypher.
2016 1-on-1 Solo Battle resultEdit
2016 3 vs 3 Crew Battle resultEdit
The Silverback Open Championships 2015 took place on October 10 and 11 2015 at the YSC Sports complex outside of Philadelphia as part of the 2015 Pro Breaking Tours Champions Series. The event was organized by Silverback Bboy Events and paid $90,150 in cash prize money, plus trips for several winners to the Freestyle Session World Finals in Los Angeles, as well as a trip to compete at Undisputed in Marseille, France for the 1-on-1 Open winner. The 1-on-1 Open and 1-on-1 B-girl winners also received a Mackie Freeplay Portable PA Speaker with the optional lithium ion battery allowing for 10 hours of continuous music. A panel of seven judged the 1-on-1 Open, the 3-on-3 Open and the 1-on-1 B-girl with two alternates in case a judge happens to be in the same crew as a competitor. The preliminary battles expanded the judging panel to five judges for each cypher.
2015 1-on-1 Solo Battle resultEdit
Victor ( ) earned the fifth bid to Undisputed at the end of the 2015 year by winning Silverback Open Championships 2015.
2015 3 vs 3 Crew Battle resultEdit
The Silverback Open Championships ’14 took place on October 11 and 12 2014 at the YSC Sports complex outside of Philadelphia as part of the 2014 Pro Breaking Tours Champions Series. The event was organized by organized by Silverback Bboy Events and paid $58,400 in cash prize money, a $10,000 Breitling watch, plus trips for several winners to the Freestyle Session World Final’s in San Diego. A panel of seven judged the Open 1-on-1, the Open 3-on-3 and the B-girl 1-v-1. 
2014 1-on-1 Solo Battle resultEdit
2014 3 vs 3 Crew Battle resultEdit
- "Silverback Open Championships 16' – Recap".
- 2015 Silverback Open Championship Retrieved November, 2015
- UDEF Silverback Open Recap Retrieved November, 2014
- 2014 Silverback Open Championships Retrieved 18 August, 2013