WBB was founded by Frankie “Sirswift” Hernandez, a former pro Bboy who danced for McDonald’s, Run DMC and Afrika Bambaattaa in the early 80’s as a crew member of the Dynamic Rockers, the Magnificent Force and Mama Lu Parks Breakdancers.
He stopped Breaking after suffering a career ending injury at 16. For decades he witnessed with a sad heart the continued exploitation of Breakers and their inability to make Breaking a career.
In 2009, he dreamed of organizing pro Breaking sports events for Breaking and sports fans as a means to compensate league players for their performances.
In 2014, he developed a unique 100-point scoring system and a sports format for Breaking. Frankie used his savings to launch World Bboy Battle #1 at the Queens Theatre in NYC. On January 25, 2015 he realized his dreams. The event garnered media attention for being the world’s first pro Breaking sports competition. The event featured Breakers from all over the nation and abroad who competed for the lion’s share of a $5,000 prize pool. Every Breaker who participated received compensation with the winner taking home $3,000.
Frankie and World Bboy Battle continue to serve Breakers and fans with pro Breaking sports events that are fair, sportsmanlike, educational, fun and thrilling.