Details & Rider List Announced for Darkfest 2020

Jan 18, 2020
by Kenda Tire  


DarkFEST 2020 is officially on! The hallowed ground is set to be broken this week, where the world famous freeride course will be carved out of the mountains of the Helsend Dirt compound in Stellenbosch, South Africa. From 3-8th February, the most audacious names in freeride MTB will be gearing up to ride the biggest dirt jumps in the world!

New this year: we at Kenda are the presenting sponsor of DarkFEST

The legend of DarkFEST began as a video clip filmed in the UK way back in 2014 by Kenda rider Sam Reynolds and friends with the Pure Darkness series racking up millions of views and becoming a runaway success. Celebrating 4 years of being a renowned FEST series event, the incredible journey from the hills of Surrey to the mountains of South Africa, is now live on Sam’s YouTube.

Sam is especially hyped for the 2020 event.

bigquotesThis year will be a special one for me because of my injury testing the jumps in 2019, forcing me to watch from the side-line, so the anticipation is even higher than usual! It’s only made me more motivated to get out there and build some beasts after waiting all year!Sam Reynolds

With the help of his expert build team of Clemens Kaudela and Nico Vink, the course will start taking shape in the next month: “...we will be improving and extending the already mental course with extra attention on the last features. We’ll make the last jump even bigger and make another feature after as well… but you’ll have to tune in to the build videos for updates!”

Clemens made the switch to Kenda tires for 2020.

The rider list includes some legendary DarkFEST veterans as well as some young guns to make the most rounded and awesome rider line up of any event ever seen - check the full line-up here! Watch out for Kenda athlete Tom van Steenbergen, who finished 3rd at last year's Red Bull Rampage.

Sam Reynolds
Nico Vink
Clemens Kaudela
Adolf Silva
Brendan Fairclough
Tom Van Steenbergen
Andreu Lacondeguy
Matt Macduff
Nicholi Rogatkin
Theo Erlangsen
Ike Klaassen
Carson Storch
Daryl Brown
Remi Morton
Bienve Aguado
Brage Vestavik
Kaos Seagrave

bigquotesI’m so excited for the 4th edition of DarkFEST and can’t wait to continue the wild experiment that tests us all to see how big we can go!Sam Reynolds

Stay tuned to #kendatires #DarkFEST and #FESTseries for all the updates.


  • 32 1
 everyone else got robbed! That should prevent complaining about the other 7 billionish people on the planet who didn’t make the cut.
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flag bilsmy (Jan 18, 2020 at 1:04) (Below Threshold)
 Forgive the comment. It’s almost 3am and I can’t friggen sleep, it’s making me a bit of a smarta$$, or is it a dumba$$? I’ll really not sure
  • 22 0
 Adolf Silva is back BITCHES!!! Man I’m so pumped Aggy is shredding in my favorite bike and I haven’t seen Makken in a while!! The only thing that would make this better is Johnny Salido making it to his first fest series but still got me pumped af!!
  • 18 1
 What I took away from the trailer is that double backflips are super easy if you're in the air for 30 seconds. Going to the backyard to practice.
  • 20 3
 Reed boggs?Ethen nell?
  • 10 2
 Kade edwards?
  • 5 0
 Shoulda scrolled, he broken.
  • 7 39
flag Boosting (Jan 18, 2020 at 9:15) (Below Threshold)
 LMFAO do you really think Boggs can hit those?
  • 5 1
 Remy Morton??????
  • 6 5
 Brandon Semenuk?
  • 12 2
  • 6 2
 Ur an idiot @Boosting:
  • 36 0
 Mike Levy ?
  • 1 0
 @SHEESHKAH: Was robbed!
  • 1 0
 @Boosting: he did Audi nines and a couple other fest last year so yeah
  • 2 0
 @SirWonky: your right! Where the hell is levy on the roster???
  • 11 1
 RIP Jordie, that crash was insane
  • 10 2
 DJ, Reed, and Ethan?
  • 1 0
 They’re filming.
  • 1 0
 These younger guys are vital. I am shocked they aren’t on the list. The only explanation is that they can’t afford the travel cost on a support-only budget, but had the invite to be there. Shame. Those kids are killing!
  • 1 0
 @mtbikemccoy: They're in New Zealand. Filming. All three of them.
  • 4 0
 f*cking awesome line up, can’t wait for the pics of bikes, build and let the hype begin!! Roll on Fest series!! This year is gonna be sick!!
  • 6 0
 Tom Isted?
  • 67 1
 Isted not listed.
  • 7 2
 Does the logo say wankfest?
  • 3 1
 I thought the same! Classic logo font
  • 7 0
 never watch the highlights video for wankfest!
  • 4 1
 Gonna be lit!!! But why did they put a picture of Tom from Rampage and a quote from Sam together?!
  • 5 0
 No Ronnie Mac?!?!
  • 3 0
 The Stoke is real!
  • 2 0
 AddddddooooLLLLLLLLLFFFFFF@kyeahhhhh you are finally baaaacK!!!!!!!
  • 3 0
 That was a great vid!
  • 1 0
 Hard to watch that part when Jordie took the huge crash. Good luck to everyone, stay safe boys
  • 2 0
 Hell yeah sick to see Brage Vestavik engaging in the festival
  • 2 0
 The black list.
  • 2 1
 Remy Morton better hit these on a 20”
  • 5 0
 Brakeless too?
  • 1 0
 So stoked for tom!!!! Hopefully his bike shows up so he can throw down
  • 1 0
 I want to compete in it, but I will need Levy's Frankenstein bike for it.
  • 1 1
 thanks for posting the update PB! so sick, its septic!
  • 1 0
 So pumped
  • 2 2
 Still can't believe no DJ. Ridiculous
  • 1 0
 Where's Kade???
  • 3 3
 Kade Edwards???
  • 12 1
 He’s out with a broken wrist sadly
  • 1 3
 No Ethan?

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