Over the past few weeks Sam Reynolds, Nico Vink and Clemens Kaudela have been building in the picturesque mountains of Stellenbosch. The result, one of the gnarliest Freeride MTB courses of all time, and a next level DarkFEST 2018.
Riders from around the world joined for a week a limit-pushing riding in the African wilderness. On Saturday, 10 Feb, the course was opened to the public to witness the madness of the Fest Series event.
The day kicked off with the Best Trick on the 27 foot, near-vertical goliath of a Step-Up, where some of the most insane tricks went down. Nicholi Rogatkin went full out and threw a Cash Roll to take the ‘Best Trick’ award.
The masses went crazy as riders dropped into the full line showcasing just how insane, progressive and ground-breaking the course was. The likes of Ethan Nell, Brendan Fairclough, Clemens Kaudela, Nico Vink, Cam Zink, Carson Storch, Kyle Straight, Blake Samson blasted though the course leaving onlookers in awe. Local Rider, Theo Erlangsen braved the massive hits and took to the course with style, quickly becoming a crowd favourite.
Adolf Silva was a man to be reckoned with. It was absolutely insane to watch him ride the line, owning the 90ft gap with a huge backflip and then a stylish Seat Grab Indian over the Hip to be crowned winner of the Best Line.
The Spank Whip Off went down on 90ft Double and saw Sam Reynolds take the award as he went fully sideways with the most twisted Whip of the day.
Photos by Eric Palmer and Ale Di Lullo.