Korean breakdancing champion Shorty Force took top boasting honours at Vector Arena in Auckland last night.

The 16 B-Boys from 11 nations taking part in the Asia Pacific Qualifier gained their places by winning their national "cyphers".

They competed head-to-head in knockout battles, trying to break their way into the Red Bull BC One World Final held in Rio de Janeiro in December, where the world's best B-Boy will be crowned.

In the final throw-down, Shorty Force beat fellow Korean Differ.


B-Boying refers to the dance, moves and lifestyle originated in the late 1970s in the Bronx in New York. It's a foundation element of hip-hop culture along with DJing, MCing and graffiti art.

Aucklander Akorn (Aron Mahuika) represented New Zealand in last night's qualifier along with Wellington's champion Grub D (David McCavitt).

Fellow competitors were from Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos and Vietnam.