Quai 54 created an original 8 part web series recounting
the adrenalin-fueled journey of some of the most emblematic teams
participating in the tournament, from the early stages of their preparation
all the way to the supreme “World Streetball Championship” title.
Watch episodes below!
Ep.01 - Event Presentation
Welcome to Quai 54. Here’s an overview of the 2015 Quai 54 World Streetball Championship, as seen by event organizers, professional & amateur athletes playing in the competition, team coaches, guest entertainers and special guests such as NBA Player Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic), US rap artist Ace Hood, French rap artist Mc Tyer and more.
Ep.02 - Chicago vs. Paris
When Chicago’s Chi-League All-Stars (An American team featuring 3
ex-NBA players, winners of Nike’s 2014 “Tournament of Champions”)
play their first game at Quai 54 against defending champions Hood Mix 2.0 (France - 2014 Quai 54 Streetball World Champions), it’s not just two championship teams facing off. It’s Chicago vs. Paris, USA vs. France, and the atmosphere of a game 7 NBA championship, right from the start.
Ep.03 - Every Game Counts
Quai 54 is where legends are made, and reputations are broken. When defending champions Hood Mix 2.0 (France - 2014 Quai 54 Champs) play against Yard-La Relève (France - 2011 Quai 54 Champions) in a rematch of the 2014 Quai 54 Finals, each team knows they have to make it to take it. It’s “do or die”, “go hard or go home”, and no possession is to be taken for granted. For guys like Hood Mix 2.0 captain Angelo “Le Tsar” Tsagarakis and Yard-La Relève captain Zainoul Bah, two pros playing in the French league and competing against each other all season long, summer basketball is all about settling accounts.
Ep.04 - China vs. Spain
2015 saw the first participation at Quai 54 of team hailing from China, representing its burgeoning streetball scene & boasting its own roster of superstars and promising talents such as Hot Dog, Jian and More Free.
In their first game at Quai 54, the freestyle-driven FSBA China played against veteran Spanish team No Spain, No Game, a seasoned team of professionals.
Cultures collide in more ways than one: it’s not just China vs. Spain, it’s “streetball vs. pro ball”, “tall vs. short”, “freestyle vs. structured” and David against Goliath.
Ep.05 - We Fly High
The Quai 54 Dunk Contest presented by House of Hoops is nothing less than the world championship of dunking. Orchestrated by dunking legend Kadour Ziani and athlete powerhouse Dunk Elite, the 2015 Quai 54 Dunk Contest featured some of the world’s best dunkers, including Rafal “Lipek” Lipinski (Poland), Justin “Jus Fly” Darlington (Canada), Dmitry “Smoove” Krivenko (Ukraine) and French newcomer Loïc “Loco” Mitry. Watch Quai 54’s most spectacular feature shot at 1,000 frames per second for never-before-seen slow motion. Breathtaking shots over hypnotic beats. What else?
Ep.06 - National Pride
“You’re not gonna get a higher level of summer basketball anywhere else in the world” in the words of coach Nhamo Shire, who has been bringing teams from The U.K. to compete at Quai 54 for the past 10 years. This year, Nhamo doubled up on his chances by bringing two teams to the World Streetball Championship: seasoned pros Midnight Madness and junior team Midnight Madness Futures. The latter, a team comprised solely of first timers, surprised everyone by making their way to the ½ finals to test their chests against La Fusion (France), the undefeated champions of Quai 54 (Winners of the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 editions) lead by blacktop legend Amara “Amiral” Sy. Watch & witness!
Ep.07 - Germany Steps Up
Heart. Stamina. Team Spirit. Sportsmanship. Desire to win. These are some of the qualities required for any team participating to Quai 54 with hopes of making it to the final rounds. Out of the 28 teams who have entered the competition in 2015, one could easily argue Der Stamm from Germany best embodied these values. The team defeated very determined contestants at the Quai 54 Germany Qualifying rounds, and went on to make history by becoming the first German team ever to make it to the ½ finals, where they played against 2011 Champions Yard-La Relève in one of the event’s most spectacular games. All skills, no frills.
Ep.08 - Streetball World Champions
Two generations of blacktop heroes battle for world supremacy: the young guns of Yard-La Relève (Winners of the 2011 Quai 54 championship) face off with their elders, La Fusion, Quai 54’s undefeated champions (Winners of the 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2012 Quai 54 championships) in a long awaited matchup and an epic finals game setting on one of Paris’s most iconic locations: Place de la Concorde.