An incredible finish in his last 30-second block saw Briton Andrew Henderson snatch his first Red Bull Street Style World Final title in Brazil’s Salvador with 16-year-old Erlend Fagerli beating the odds to finish third in spectacular style. Carlos Alberto Iacono (ARG) finished on second place
The grand finale of Red Bull Street Style’s World Final in the city’s historic Pelourinho square lived up to its hype as the best of the best from 44 nations battled it out for the biggest prize in their sport.
Thousands braved the rain in central Salvador and fired on the ballers, creating a sizzling atmosphere when they moved into an indoor location at Pelourinho.
Henderson beat Argentina’s Carlos “Charly” Alberto Iacono in the final, a stunning move during the last seconds earning him a separate award for best trick and landing him his first Red Bull Street Style world title when Brazil’s World Cup winner and former national team captain Rai, leading the judges panel, announced the champion.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said an emotional Henderson, mobbed by fans and media after a near flawless final performance. “I worked really hard to get here.” Carlos Alberto Iacono made it to two finals in row, finishing in second.
Three minutes, two players, one ball, the rules are simple and easy to grasp and the freestyle soccer athlete’s sensational tricks helped to light up Brazil’s city of happiness over three days.
France’s Melody Donchet made her way to the title, dethroning Hungary’s Kitty Szasz who had won back-to-back titles and beaten the French baller in the 2012 final.
The event returned to its roots in the country of the beautiful game, with Brazil having hosted the inaugural 2008 World Final, won by current judge Sean Garnier (FRA).