Michal Buchtel

Universal kayaker with slalom history. Michal can be seen in the final of Czech cup in water slalom aswell as in the final of Sickline or on the podium of many other extreme races. Likewise, he can be seen across many boating events like Hiko representative. Reason? Michal is not just a Hiko rider, but the fifth year our employee. He manages Hiko store in Troja and marketing and PR of the company, and thus the entire Hiko team with which it is often in the field and promotes, develops and tests in all areas of our beautiful sport.

Date of birth: 19/12/1986

Category: Hiko TEAM Ambassador/ White Water / Extreme Racing/ Slalom

TOP results:

  • 3. place EKEC 2016 (European Extreme Kayak Cup)
  • 5. place Adidas Sickline 2016
  • 1. place DAM2DAM Devil’s race 2016
  • 1. place Extreme downhill Kayak Castle rapid race, Ita 2016
  • 2. place Outdoormix 2014
  • 2. place Devil’s Extreme Race 2014
  • Czech slalom Champion 2009
  • World Champion teams K1m 2009

Where did you start with paddling? I started with slalom on a little natural rapid nearby Carlsbad. It becomes my training background till my 17 till I moved to Prague and started to train in USK

Why are you doing this sport? It was pure fun from the begining. I loved friends arround slalom, good results and all about that. I also studied coaching.. It provides me through nearly all my life. Once I tried creeking in 2013 I caught a second breath in boating and have fun again. Working for hiko leads me to different events, beautifull places and nice people all arround the wil water world and thats cool :)

The most favorite course: I pretty like Devils streams under Lipno dam, then rivers like Verzasca, Guil, Bourg Saint Maurice as a slalom course..many others

Your best experience on water: comming to the edge of Verzasca waterfall and going out in good direction under it :) Winning slalom World Championship in teams and European one as a junior, Sickline finals, being just out on the river..all that are the best memories

What you like to do when you are not in kayak: SNB, crosscountry skiing, any outdoor sports, party hard :)

Web/contact: michal.buchtel@hiko.cz