Video: 15 Year Old Shredder Ike Klaassen Signs With Monster Energy

Jun 27, 2019
by Eric Palmer  

PRESS RELEASE: Monster Energy

Ike is a 15-year-old Dutch/South African that has been dominating the local junior DH scene and earned himself a few titles in Europe over the past few years and will definitely be a name to keep an eye out for in future.




Ike lives in Stellenbosch, a small town just outside of Cape Town. There are miles of trails between the mountains and is one of South Africa's cycling hotspots, so there is no shortage of trails to have fun & train on.





Sending some dialed oppo whips just below his house


Locally he has earned himself multiple WP Championships and is the current SA U17 DH Champion and the Cup Series Champ for both last year! Not only has he been dominating in SA, but his European accolades are also quite substantial already. With a few IXS U13 titles under his belt and the U13 IXS Junior World Champ 2014/15 and he also managed to grab the King of Crankworx U13.






Not only is Ike surrounded by amazing trails on neighbouring mountains, but they have also started their own bikepark on the farm he lives on. Hellsend Dirt Compound is any riders dream. DH tracks, a nice long flow trail, dirt jumps from beginner table tops to advanced doubles. This means he has the ideal training ground literally on his doorstep and the best part of it is he's on it every day and still more stoked than anyone to get out and shred!



Moto Fun

Berm huck
Berm huck

Tuck
Tuck

Sunset Whips
Sunset Whips

If that wasn't enough to get this young sender stoked, the DarkFEST crew descends on his farm in January, so he can hang out with the big guys and get tips and has even hit the giant step up the past 2 years, which is incredible for such a young rider!

Huge Toboggan on the DarkFEST Step Up
Huge Toboggan on the DarkFEST Step Up

Ike really has his eyes on the prize and is a force to be reckoned with, we look forward to joining him on his journey. He has just left to start the season in Europe and can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve this year!

Bikepark Biggie
Bikepark Biggie



59 Comments

  • + 79
 Old boring dad comment here: kids, don't drink Monster Energy. It's really really bad for you.
  • - 43
flag scotttherider (Jun 27, 2019 at 10:09) (Below Threshold)
 Why? I drink 1-4 16oz cans a day.... have perfectly healthy blood pressure..... I also have perfectly normal functioning kidneys, liver, etc.... I do agree they can’t be good for you but honestly anything in moderation is fine. Just see what and how your body reacts. Visit your doc regularly and go from there.
  • + 29
 @scotttherider: If you call that moderation...
  • + 15
 @scotttherider: So 4 monsters a day is over 6.5 times your daily recommended sugar intake. Even monster in moderation isn't good for you bud...
  • + 7
 @czumino: pretty sure he's joking
  • + 9
 Kyle's love monster energy tho
  • + 2
 I'm still waiting to hear back from Bang on my sponsorship proposal.
  • + 1
 @IllestT: he’s American. Sarcasm and wit aren’t highest on the list, but sugar consumption is, so I’m going to suggest he was serious!
  • - 9
flag lalientoxc (Jun 27, 2019 at 15:23) (Below Threshold)
 Stfu nigga who u trynna fool w that shit@scotttherider:
  • + 11
 #drinkwater
  • + 0
 @czumino: I drink the zero calories and close to a gallon of water a day as well.
  • + 0
 @lalientoxc: I’m not black so you shut the f*ck up.
  • + 0
 @CRAFTY-P: I drink lots of it.
  • - 1
 @IllestT: seriously not joking here but I’d challenge anyone here to come work with me for even a week let alone keep the pace for a year and keep up without bitching. I work 3500 hours a year on average in a very physical and mentally demanding job.
  • + 2
 @scotttherider: High levels of stimulant use for long periods of time is not good for anyone, and as the OP indicated, most certainly not kids in prime developmental stages. Your body, your choice, but science is not on your side on this one.
  • + 2
 @scotttherider: wow that is a lot. I work 2 days a week or when I can be bothered. I guess that's the difference between the US and Europe!
  • + 1
 Well it depends on what type of job u have.. I work2-3 days a week n I live in Florida@IllestT:
  • + 1
 @IllestT: I keep people’s lights on. I refurbish hydroelectric plants and keep the infrastructure running. Look at my videos. I have a video of some of my equipment running. It’s from before I started running the jobs instead of working the jobs. I may work hard but I enjoy it so it’s not bad working 13 on 1 off 12-20 hours a day.
  • + 0
 @robwhynot: so I pose the question to you. What’s worse legal meth in the form of aderol or Ritalin for my adhd or energy drinks?
  • + 3
 @scotttherider: how deep are you going to dig in on this?
  • + 1
 @robwhynot: I can go pretty deep. Ask my wife. I just get irritated that every time an athlete gets picked up by an energy drink sponsor it’s an incessant bitch fest about how energy drinks are poison. Do I think they’re healthy hell no. The can says right on it that until you know how it effects you to use sparingly..... long story short.... 15 year old picks up energy drink sponsor.... you say hey good work kid!
  • + 1
 @scotttherider: mmmmm, nah...
Monster undoes a lot of hard work in health care, in anti obesity campaigns, in child behaviour and youth education.
We really would be better off without them, despite them giving money to the odd athlete.
It's not just a benign drinks marketing company - encouraging children to ingest huge amounts of accelerant drugs is damaging to society and frankly its just wrong.
  • + 43
 Within in minutes of signing this contract, all of the Drywall in SA had holes punched in it.
  • + 1
 I don't get it.
  • + 22
 If his name was Kyle it would be perfect
  • + 0
 kay
  • + 0
 sorry duplicate comment.
  • + 12
 I think someday we are going to look back on the last decade or so with the hindsight of, “wow, energy drinks were the new cigarettes”.

Think about it- They are a Highly addictive unregulated chemicals being marketed to kids and sold as a lifestyle brand.

Before you dish out that downvote, think about what Camel and Winston were in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. They sponsored everyone and everything- athletes, events, you name it. They probably even “took care of their sponsored athletes” and “their athletes don’t actually use it, but they need the money to make a living”.

Someday, I want to be successful enough to sponsor a rider and have them wear a “tap water” helmet. And hold a (reusable, obviously) container of tap water on the podium.
  • + 8
 If you cannot tell the difference between harm that cigarettes and Monster can cause... I hate the beverage, hate their marketing much more, even me who drinks equivalent of 6-8 espressos a day, get hyperanxious after drinking it, but it is nowhere as harmful as cigarettes and the reason to use it is different too. I’d rather rag on beer culture in MTB than energy drinks. Beer is more harmful than this sht
  • + 3
 "sponsor a rider and have them wear a “tap water” helmet." there you go: www.wedrinkwater.com

I don't think they actually pay people, but some big snowboard/freeski names wear their stickers on their helmets. Josh Bryceland supports the "Brand" since leaving Monster Energy as well.
  • + 8
 Way more of an advert for 100% clothing than Monster.
Hopefully he can avoid drinking, it and make the most of the deal to get to where he want's in life.
  • + 5
 Rich kids who buy themselves opportunities. He's like a small greg minaar ahaha talented of course, but backed up by lack of need to work and lots of time off to shred and practice with expensive bikes. Good for him
  • + 1
 So you mean he’s doing it the old fashioned way?
  • + 1
 Is he precise on bike setup? Can he pedal? If yes, he's a small goat already
  • + 7
 He deserves whatever support comes his way. He's earned it
  • + 2
 definitely , with Stefan injured again we need as much support to our local talent as possible
  • + 1
 That kid is down with the donker zef mag. Sorry that's all the Afrikaans I know.
  • + 3
 I appreciated he’s a South African on a Santa Cruz so will draw lots of Minnaar comparisons, but ripping like this at 15 in DH and the freestyle genre makes him the new Kyle Strait in my eyes.
  • + 1
 When I drink monster once in a blue moon it's always absolutely zero as it has 0 sugar. Ton of caffeine though at 140mg for the big can. Drinking a daily intake of ~60-70g of caffeine is not bad for you which is equivalent to a double espresso shot. Brewed coffee cup of 10-12oz which is what the avg person drinks has way more caffeine.
  • + 1
 Plus the monster logo is as bad as that shit is for you. Can’t believe morons get that tattooed on their bodies
  • + 2
 Good stuff, buddy! Can't wait to watch you shred.
  • + 2
 Dude sends it... good luck.
  • + 1
 Sure he can trick huge gaps and rail corners, but can he pop a wheelie?

Congrats dude! Hope to see you stateside.
  • + 2
 How many bikes does he have goddamn
  • + 1
 Congrats Ike! Awesome news.
  • + 1
 I see monster making a comeback in the mtb world
  • - 2
 Having a kid market an energy drink is either totally genius or incredibly dumb. I'm in the dumb corner myself as a parent, but that's Monster Energy for you, why not have him advertising Marlboro too.
  • + 2
 Professional Kyle
  • + 1
 In the UK a 15 year old isn’t even allowed to buy energy drinks..
  • + 0
 not legislation yet. You might find a few places won't sell to those under 16 though like sainsburys.
  • + 2
 Because they have sugar and caffeine?

and yet he can go to the pub and get a pint... I think you got other problems to worry about Wink
  • + 1
 Not at 15 you can’t. Sugar and caffeine are not good in excess particularly for kids. I wouldn’t give my kids one of those drinks @nurseben:
  • + 1
 @nurseben: And all the other chemicals that go into them.
  • + 1
 Really.
  • - 1
 That's just ethically wrong. Shame on you monster and the parents for letting it happen.
  • - 1
 Good for him, but Monster is poison in more than one way so I hope he'll find a more respectable sponsor soon.
  • - 2
 He's pretty. Glad I got caught up on this major announcement.
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