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30 September 2017

Do the Windmill: Red Bull picks the perfect spot for a new world record!

Here in Kinderdijk, even we get caught off-guard by the best and most spectacular special events occasionally… Just recently, on Friday September 29, our notion of ‘windmills’ was stretched beyond the limit, as we received an international delegation of the very best among the world’s break-dancers!

Warming up among grinding windmill's gears

As a warm-up for the imminent Red Bull Break Dancing World Championships to be held on November 4, Kinderdijk World Heritage became the stage for a dazzling and perfectly fitting world record attempt. Some 70 veteran break dancers joined forces to establish a new world record for the Windmill – a legendary move in which dancers pivot and swirl upside down as they mill their legs in the air, using their hands and shoulders to keep themselves upright. As you can see from the pictures and movie clips, this is not a move for just any amateur!d!

Windmill World Champion

The windmill is more than just a masterful move for break-dancers; the decision to pick our World Heritage Site for a location was a brilliant move by organisers Red Bull too. Quite literally, there is no better place in the world for a windmill than here with us in Kinderdijk. This may sound a bit blasé, but we are not afraid to claim that we have been defending the world title in windmilling for centuries here! Thankfully, the organisers had made sure that all eyes were on the participants of this brave record attempt. A full SBS6 channel TV crew was on the scene to capture all the action, allowing the nation to watch it all on the telly that night. National newspaper coverage was guaranteed by means of an official drone pilot, to make sure that all the hottest dance moves were shot from every possible angle. You can see the results for yourself: this blend of dancing and top athletics is popular around the world for a reason!

This is about as funky as windmills get

Milling about from all over the world

As the 70 breakers hopped from their bus, they marched onto the windmill area with the telltale discipline of true top athletes. This was a varied and international company indeed, featuring participants from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, and even Brazil. Just about every age group was represented as well, which is only right, as the break dancing scene has been around for quite some time now. The most junior participant was fifteen years young, whereas the real veterans must have been approaching their fifties by now. This only adds to our deep respect, of course! Smartly dressed in matching white outfits, they made their way to the round trip boat, everyone fittingly carrying a can of Red Bull for that last-minute energy boost. As they disembarked at the 150-metre landing stage where the record attempt was to take place, there was a palpable rise in excited anticipation. Cameras were rolling, the breakers were good to go, and the official record attempt was about to begin!

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World record attempt filmed by Redbull.

All set for the world championships

You can see the result by looking at the sensational pictures and clips. In a swirl of international legs, these top athletes admittedly managed to push our old windmills to the background for a moment. All eyes were on the seventy breakers, and the audience held their breaths. There was no denying it: Red Bull is all set for the upcoming world championships, because these dancing heroes have managed to establish a smashing new world record, right at the heart of our windmill country; a record that made our own hearts skip a beat. That’s one fresh shot of inspiration our millers just don’t get every day!

Ready to get milling?

We want to use this opportunity to congratulate all record holders with their world-class achievement. Thank you Red Bull and thank you athletes for a spectacular afternoon that Kinderdijk will not forget anytime soon! If these breakers have inspired you to get milling yourself, then you might want to check the real world championships out, held on November 4 at the Gashouder venue in Amsterdam. If you can’t make it, or if you’re considering giving it a try for yourself, then why not come over here at Kinderdijk World Heritage? Here, you can let yourself be inspired by a group of windmillers that have been defending their own world championship title for ages now – in their very own World Heritage Championships!

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