Video: Adolf Silva Rides Out on the Side of a Jump at DarkFEST

Feb 8, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

How's this for the save of the year? Adolf Silva felt he was getting too close to Nicholi Rogtakin on the final straight at DARKFest yesterday so had to take evasive action... down the side of the jump. He ends up ploughing through the Monster tent, sending spectators scattering, but crucially makes it out in one piece. All that Rampage training clearly paid off for Adolf!

bigquotesFollowing Nicholi Rogatkin too close to hit the last jump straight , ended up doing a new hipAdolf Silva

Here are some other highlights we've found from DarkFEST on social media in the past few days:

Full course preview with Clemens Kaudela and Brendan Fairclough


Brendog and Adolf Silva's synchronised flipping


Step Up trick madness



South African downhill racer Theo Erlangsen flips his downhill bike for the first time


Clemens Kaudela going way past 90




69 Comments

  • + 86
 Redbull gives you wings..... Monster gives you obstacles
  • + 14
 but one of the obstacles looks very pretty :-)
  • + 58
 and don't forget diarrhea !
  • + 2
 dark monsters festing
  • + 40
 This video seems to be starkly in contrast to my most recent video: ‘GnarAZ momentarily loses tire traction during a long gradual XC ascent’
  • + 3
 "Does half a poo sending bystanders retching."
  • + 39
 Not the smartest place to park that ute.
  • + 2
 Dang he came SO close to hitting it
  • + 33
 Adolf whooping for joy as people run and scatter in fear. I imagine this is how he lives most of his life
  • + 4
 dude is an absolute bad ass!
  • + 22
 The definition of quick reaction timing combined with well trained skills. That was impressive. These guys are all out there pushing the limits of what’s possible on a bike.
  • + 16
 Haha...nice footage from Motocross Madness 2 Big Grin
  • + 11
 Didn't Silva's hand come off his handlebars last year at mach chicken and he saved that one too?
  • + 6
 Adolfo Silva is a frakin maniac .......But it would be cool to have a viewer contest e.g. Best Trick Viewers Choice.....I would def vote for Matt Macduffs Backflip Candy Bar ............ freeeeeeeaaaaaaakkkkkkkkkkkkkkzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  • + 3
 adolf tried a freaking double flip on the longetst jump.. wtf
  • + 1
 @Nathan-MTB: rotating fast doesn´t mean it is the most technical
  • + 5
 'He ends up ploughing through the Monster tent, sending spectators scattering, but crucially makes it out in one piece'

Bit of a sensationalised statement, no?
  • + 29
 Did you do something more exciting today? That was pretty nuts! Especially when you consider how he tamed the bike down, it was headed straight towards a parked pickup, perhaps the word tent was a bit drastic as it was only a gazebo?
  • + 3
 @oldfaith: I think it more refers to "sending spectators scattering" - they literally made two steps to behind the truck...
  • + 30
 pretty damn accurate to me
  • - 1
 I'm starting to wonder if the PB editors are going to realize that we don't care for the clickbait titles and the over dramatic buzz feed-esque style of writing. We keep calling them out but it keeps coming.
  • + 17
 @masonstevens:Video: Adolf Silva Rides Out on the Side of a Jump at DarkFEST. click bait? I think not, know your enemy or beat your drum on the bandwagon to a lost cause.
  • + 0
 @snowintrees: you're right, this article isn't click bait, but there's no denying that in the recent past that a lot of PB article have been. But as Davec85 points out, the style of writing is a little over the top.
  • + 7
 @RichardJBos: call it how you will. I saw a professional action photographer loose his cool and run in one direction, Adolf then maneuvers his bike off camber away from an unforgiving parked vehicle and goes straight through a shelter sending those girls literally running to safety, call it fake news if you like but it seemed pretty bang on to me.
  • + 13
 @masonstevens: Read the ten most outrageous comment reactions to click bait titles! Number 7 will shock you!
  • + 2
 @masonstevens: 'Over the top' is where this event exists.
  • + 4
 The thing that perplexes me is that the flavour text could be completely boring. Nobody is here for the words. Not only is clickbait kinda lost on us, we're prolly gunna click the article if it's named something as lazy as "dude hits big jump on bike."
  • + 2
 If it weren’t slow mo it would look pretty crazy !
  • + 2
 @Matt115lamb: I really want to see the full-speed version... Slomo really took away some of the "Oh shit" on this one.
  • + 4
 @sherbet: ...any title with simply "Fest" in it. Click.click.click.click.click...All.Day.Long. Smile
  • + 3
 Next PB article: "Festive festy fests festing festered festivities."
  • + 1
 @sherbet: Sounds Festie!
  • + 3
 Gotta love DARK Fest every time it comes around! Riding is certifiably INSANE and stoke levels are high, while the Northern Hemisphere is freezing their b*lls off, waiting for spring. (I don't do winter riding, Fork oil is like glue, my muscles aren't smooth enough for gnar and my fingertips turn blue, no thank you!) Any time at this point of the year I watch a DARK Fest edit, I am thinking to myself: "Yep, next season is gonna be awesome, don't worry, these dudes seem to have fun already!" Makes the waiting a bit easier. A convoluted way to say: THANKS GUYS! KEEP IT COMIN'!!
  • + 5
 Truly the save of the year!
By the way: did I just see Rogatkin with a visor on his helmet?
  • + 3
 I dream of air like this, but lack 4x the balls and 5x the skill to accomplish it. This is rapidly becoming my favorite event.
  • + 4
 it Looked like he was gonna case hard but then magically he floated over and off to land on the hip.... pros
  • + 4
 Hey looks like going too come up short, but some how have enough speed, that is scary!
  • + 2
 those dudes got hops...boost off everything
  • + 3
 Just in case there was any confusion about what a beast Rogakin is, and not just a trick monkey......Big bike on the biggest jumps around.
  • + 1
 dude will guinea almost anything as well
  • + 5
 'kin 'ell
  • + 4
 Only in Africa !
  • + 11
 Tsamina mina eh eh Waka waka eh eh Tsamina mina zangalewa
  • + 2
 Anawa a a
  • + 1
 Nants’ ingonyama, bakithi, baba
Sithi hu ‘ngonyama, ingonyama
Ngonyama nengwe bo!
Nants’ ingonyama, bakithi babo
Sizo nqo’!
  • + 1
 That sun, that dirt, those massive amasende! No way, amasende is Zulu for cojones? I'm hoping that's is what they say for "droppin' in!" in SA. Winter cockles feeling all warm now.
  • + 1
 @BenPea: you bet it's about 35 degrees C out there...
  • + 3
 coming through bitchessss!!!!!! thats awesome
  • + 2
 Holy SH!T - I found myself holding my breath during all that!!! that's insane!
  • + 3
 not sure if he pissed his pants, but I did
  • + 2
 Robbed. He got robbed! Oh wait - just a warm. Never mind.
  • + 1
 This is cool but was he running the new AXS Sram drivetrain? That's apparently all we're supposed to care about atm
  • + 2
 Candybar Backflip?! @mcduff wtf
  • + 1
 The only way I can read "DarkFEST" is by saying 'dark' and then yelling 'FEST.'
  • + 1
 Nicholi Rogtakin pulls no hander and turns himself into a sail.
  • + 1
 Tried to write something. That's what I wrote: Holy fck!!!
  • + 2
 Holy Zombie Jesus
  • + 1
 One of the baddest dudes on a bike right now!
  • + 2
 I LOVE this event!
  • + 1
 Where can you watch DarkFest live?
  • + 2
 That evil laughter tho
  • + 1
 Good to see Dj Brandt is being well taken care of by commencal !
  • + 1
 I would have hit that truck so hard the airbags would have gone off!
  • + 1
 I can't imagine accidentally turning that into a hip!!
  • + 1
 WTF! This is all UNREAL.
  • + 1
 Respect !

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