RED BULL ART OF MOTION Slideshow Rutger Pauw

World’s Top Freerunning Competition Comes to South America’s Largest Metropolis
Red Bull Art of Motion will gather 20 elite freerunners in a unique abandoned building at the University of Sao Paulo 

After successful stops in London and Yokohama, it’s São Paulo’s turn to receive Red Bull Art of Motion, the world’s top international freerunning competition.

The largest city in the Southern Hemisphere is set to gather 20 elite freerunners from seven countries, including six Brazilians, on August 13 at the skeleton building next to Paço das Artes in the University of Sao Paulo (USP), located in the heart of the metropolis of 20 million inhabitants.

Red Bull Art of Motion athletes are evaluated by a judging panel according to four criteria: creativity, rhythm, difficulty level and style. In the first round, the 20 freerunners have one minute to adapt their styles to the complex of obstacles that makes up the course. The top 8 advance to the final round to battle for the title.

“It’s all about finding out whose style fits the course better,” explains Briton Ryan Doyle, widely regarded as one of the world’s top freerunners. “Of course the crowd wants to see a winner, but at the end of the day there are no losers. Each environment can produce a different winner.”

Indeed: while London saw the victory of local hero Tim Shieff in front of 6,000 fans, Germany’s Jason Paul emerged as the winner on last month’s Yokohama round, contested at Japan’s tallest building and witnessed by a crowd of 2,500.

Red Bull Art of Motion Sao Paulo begins at 7pm local time, and will be streamed live via webcast on



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