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Thursday images from Darkfest in South Africa


Feb 112018

With undeniably the most incredible course ever built for a Freeride MTB event, DarkFEST absolutely lit up in 2018. No stranger to pushing the limits of the sport, Sam Reynolds dreamt up a whole new concept to the event this year, with a completely new location in the beautiful Vuurberg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

With his co-conspirators Nico Vink and Clemens Kaudela, they dreamt up a dirt playground to rival the biggest courses seen in the Freeride world.

Taking a natural approach to following the line of the mountain and building into the already impressive contours of the hill face, the course offered something for every one of the 16 invited riders to turn it up.

Opening with a winding 3-part shark fin line, before dropping over a road-gap, brings you to the approach to the 90 foot ‘Beast,’ which pushed each rider to his limits.


After this, the run up to the Hip flings the riders almost over the edge of the mountain, reaching heights of up to 6 metres over the lip.

No rest before the riders drop in the super steep landing of the second road gap and hurtled down at speeds of over 70kph to take on the 27 foot almost-vertical Step-Up jump.

Wind was a constant battle through the week, with sessions being called off due to the sketchy conditions, but when the sessions were called on, the boys were going full beast mode into each part of the course and pushing the limits of what they thought possible.  


Stand-outs from the week were Adolf Silva, who was one of the first to flip over the 90 Foot ‘Beast,’ closely followed by Clemens Kaudela, who followed his flip and backed it up with a huge 450 over the hip.

Not to mention Ethan Nell bringing his signature dipped 360 variations on the Step-Up.

Competition day saw the boys completely turn it up for the 1000 strong crowd, who bought their tickets and climbed the mountain to witness some of the best Freeriding that has ever gone down in South Africa.  


Nicoli Rogatkin took out the Best Trick with a mind-blowing Cash Roll on the Step-Up that was voted by all the riders.  


Sam Reynolds had the sickest Whip to win the Spank Whip-Off over the 90 foot Beast to win the goods.  


Nico Vink had the sickest flow with the overall Best Style award going his way and after all his hard work admitted that the course was a “a dream come true.”

One of the best production teams in the business were on site working on the content from the week and you can check into the Monster Instagram and Facebook to see all the best highlights from the week and stay tuned for the Highlights and full DarkFEST mini doc dropping on Monster Energy Youtube soon!