19th Annual Mystic SK8 Cup was insane!
As always the event kicks off on Friday afternoon with an European qualifier. The top 10 skaters rode at such a high level that the #1 qualifier Patrik Pittl had the skills to make it all the way through the Saturday qualifiers, and even the Semi finals on Sunday to finish in a very respectable 8th place in the finals. The action on street course continued on Saturday with over 60 skaters representing countries from all over the world trying to finish in the top 30 for the cut to the semis on Sunday. It was the Mystic Cup champ from 2011 Kelvin Hoefler who had one of the best intro runs mixed with an amazing variety of difficult tricks during the 5 skaters for 5 minutes jam session, which landed him in the #1 spot and the Golden ticket directly into the finals! The jam sessions in the bowl kept the crowd excited all weekend and it was Dannie Carlson who finished in first with his magical style of beautiful tech tricks and flowing lines during the qualifiers on Saturday evening. The amped up crowd continued celebrating good times with the skaters, while enjoying the live music and DJ's, and were sharing stories of the classic Mystic Cup moments of the previous years with old friends while making new ones. On Sunday afternoon the action continued during the Street Semis with Ryo Sejiri from Japan taking the top spot, just above the Mystic Cup 2010 champion and local Maxim Habanec. The action continued in the legendary Mystic Bowl comp with the top 5 skaters including Dannie Carlson from Copenhagen and Danny Leon from Spain who both had many amazing and spontaneously synchronized doubles runs that earned them both spots on the podium. It was Greyson Fletcher who blew everyones mind while ripping hard and landing in the #1 spot after the dust settled. Greyson came to Prague for his first time fresh off the biggest win of his life the weekend before at the legendary WCS Marseille comp. His unique style of explosive and spontaneous skating is like a modern day mix that comes from his bloodline of such legends as his grand father and original skateboard pioneer Herbie Fletcher, his Dad Christian, mixed along with Jay Adams, Duane Peters and Tony Trujillo, making his style always so fun to watch! The newly added 4' vert was the center of the action this year and Greyson absolutely murdered the massive extension with frontside ollie to slashes, f/s ollie to grinds, b/s disasters, an amazing f/s blunt and a finished it off with the best trick of the day, a very difficult frontside noseblunt during the final moments of the 13 minutes crazy style jam session! The Mystic fans were cheering nonstop so loud during the Bowl finals as everyone knew they had just witnessed one of the most amazing displays of grace and elegance mixed with raw power ever in history of Skateboarding Bowl comps! The Criss Crossing Craziness of the 5 skaters in a classic open jam format was on the level of absolute insanity and controlled chaos and produced such an energy that left everyone left in a state of shock! This electric vibe carried back over to the street course during the Ladies Finals that followed. Candy Jacobs skated hard landing a good variety of beautiful and technical tricks to finish in 3rd, just behind the young and talented 13 year old Pamela Rosa who got 2nd. The always stylish Leticia Bufoni finished in the #1 spot after great tricks during the nonstop action of the 10 minute open jam. The high level of almost electric energy continued during the 15 minute Final Jam for the Men, which included the #1 qualifier from Saturday Kelvin Hoefler, The #1 from the Semis Ryo Sejiri (who just won the WCS Far and High event in Paris last month) and last years winner Austen Seaholm, who would all finish as the top 3. During the cash for trick session, Adrien Bulard amazed the crowd and took the most cash with many difficult tricks including an alley oop B/S 270 kick flip over the big bank gap, and a K/F over the big rail to flat. It was Kelvin who did a perfect K/F crooks down the big rail to take home the 2013 Mystic Cup best trick trophy! The classic and always Mystic awards ceremony always kicks off the celebration as the top skaters came up to grab their well earned thousands of dollars of the Mystic Cup $30,000 prize purse. The celebration all night long with good music and good vibes at the always amazing Mystic Cup afterparty. A huge thank you and congratulations goes out to the entire Mystic Cup staff and crew for another amazing year! They all do such a great job of organizing and running the best skate event ever, and are always a pleasure to work with! Also thanks to Volcom, DC and ExCelent beer for sponsoring and supporting this years event. As I write these stories of the highlights of the weekend it is reminding me of so many great memories of the good times with some of the best and luckiest skaters in the world, and is already getting me excited to come back next year for the 20th Mystic Sk8 Cup anniversary which is guaranteed to be the biggest and best year ever! Check the Ride channel for more photos highlights, and keep checking back to our wcsk8.com site as we will continue to add more photos and video links to all of this weeks action, and from the upcoming event next week at the NASS festival in the UK as the good times on the WCS tour will continue! Ride on, D.D.