Czech Nationals is one of the highest profile contests in the European scene. With a huge scene and amazing fans, Czech nationals is always one of the most exciting contests of the year to watch, and a great preview for the following year's EYYC. This year's contest was no exception.
I get really stoked to watch Czech Nationals every year because the venues are always buzzing with energy that's unlike any other contest in the world. The Czech community is definitely one of the most supportive scenes in the world, and it shows when their players get on stage.
In Elite 1a, Yoyofactory's Michael Malik was able to successfully defend the Czech title with a brand new routine!
Michael's routine totally different from his showing at WYYC, but his changes were for the best. He was able to secure first place by a margin of 17 points, scoring high evaluations across the board. Michael has been crushing it in a variety of European contests this year, and it'll be interesting to see what he has in store as he chases his first European title at EYYC.
My personal favorite routine from 1a elite was Basecamp team member David Stejskal, who continues to bring really unique tricks and great construction to the table.
Unfortunately, David had a switch in his routine that cost him a few places, but his tricks were some of my favorite from the contest. He does a great job of putting his own spin on the current meta of technical tricks, creating a really unique trickset.
Czech Nats hosted every division, but my favorite X Division freestyle was definitely Petr Kavka's 5a routine. Super chill and flowy, everyone knows when Petr is on stage. With a number of Czech titles under his belt, Petr has secured his place as a legend in the Czech scene.
Czech Nats also hosted a stacked 1a open division, with some of the best players in Europe competing for the title. After the dust settled, Jan Hlikina was the champion, with an energetic and fast-paced routine.
My favorite freestyle from 1a open was Jakub Plader from Poland, who brought an insane slack trickset to the competition. If you haven't seen his freestyles, you should definitely check him out. Plader is known for using super aggressive music and performing some of the craziest tricks around, and this contest was no exception. I'm excited to see what he brings to the table for Polish Nationals.