Must Watch: The 2019 DarkFEST Highlights Are Absolutely Wild

Feb 25, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

bigquotesThe heaviest hitters in the freeride world gathered in Stellenbosch, South Africa, to shred the biggest jumps in the world and change the game once again.DarkFEST


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118 Comments

  • + 77
 Lacondegy/Silva conversation after that insane train:
'Hey! al step up, la teva roda m'ha dat en el casc' = 'Hey! at the step up your wheel has touched my helmet'
  • + 1
 What time in the video is this?
  • + 2
 @zanek012: very last seconds, with Brendog, Lacon and Silva. But only the audio. Wonder if is any footage
  • + 5
 Silva is the most insane person on a bike. Those two double flips were just insanity.
  • + 62
 Darkfest, drone shots and drum & bass. Good Monday.
  • + 5
 It felt like I was back in 2003 listening to Distorted Minds
  • + 41
 Insane pushing of levels. Nothing much else to say
  • + 43
 "How did he survive that? How does he always survive..."
Kinda sums it up nicely really.
  • + 6
 andreu rides like he’s on moto. blasting boosts.
  • + 2
 @samjobson: i think that was my favorite part of the clip
  • - 3
 @samjobson: ...until he doesn't. He pushes it so far - I love watching his progression but I fear for what could happen.
  • + 1
 Somebody list the best tricks in this vid with the riders doing them so I can go look them up and wonder WTF or maybe more like HTF?
  • + 4
 Vink's hipped t-bog is one of the most stylish moves in the game right now! (2:53)
  • + 2
 @Heydre from 0:00 onwards. Respect all the riders and filmers, watch the video instead of being lazy and relying on other people.
  • + 0
 @samjobson: hey dipstick...I watched the video (twice)...I don't know all the riders or the tricks so I asked....speak about respect...show some.
  • + 1
 @plyawn: it's called the pursuit of greatness...
If you sit around and miss opportunities because you're scared of what could happen you rarely accomplish anything. You never really LIVE.
  • + 30
 where´s the metal ???
  • + 3
 Was thinking the same thing
  • + 2
 Turn down the volume on this and turn up the volume on www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzznL_8DIUM

If you start them at the same time, the song should end on the double backflip.
  • + 0
 @Thustlewhumber: Haha, excellent choice of music! I am so hyped for this Album, can´t wait! Though I have to say, the video doesn´t do justice to the band. It kind of feels a bit cheapish...
  • + 1
 @Thustlewhumber: Hmm. Do the same but with the Tom Tom Club. youtu.be/ECiMhe4E0pI
I think you'd like it.
  • - 1
 Metal can stay in 2003
  • + 1
 @BobLogiii: Yes.. Epic. Smile

@buzzdee So stoked for the new album, been following them on sevenstring.org since before they formed.
  • + 29
 Adolf Silva is an animal!!!
  • + 16
 Will never ever get tired of hearing Andreu get stoked. Love that shit. Also love the otb after the double flip. Hahah so great. Man oh man! Thanks for the never ending smiles!! You all rule!! Insane riding. Reminds me why I ride every day!
  • + 18
 Adolf lands the most amazong double backflip ever.. goes OTB breaking to celebrate.. EPIC!
  • + 3
 Caused by Brendogs excitement. Saw it on his Insta. Crack up
  • + 14
 Seriously, I could watch an hour of each FEST. Keep the footage coming!
  • + 8
 The most remarkable thing about this event is that anyone survived at all. There were in fact (as far as I'm aware) no deaths at all. Truly next level riding here; what an age to be living in and witnessing this.
  • + 11
 Daryl Brown FTW!!!
  • + 17
 his super seater was unreal!!
  • + 17
 his overshoot tho
  • + 3
 He rides my local put a post up saying he has fractured some of his vertebrae in the crash mental
  • + 4
 he's ma man! Local and a total dude too! Smile We knew he was capable of big things at 13/14 years old, not this big mind you as things this big didn't even exist back then! Total radness!
  • + 8
 RAD, I actually enjoy that music better than the usual metal.
  • + 7
 You know you are pushing the limits when your fellow Rampage/Fest riders ask themselves "How does he always survives" Big Grin
  • + 2
 Brendawg gave him a lil love tap on his front brake
  • + 6
 This is where YT shines brightest - Rampage and Fest. Sorry people caught feelings about WC DH political BS.
  • + 4
 I love the 5 mph fist full of front brake OTB crash by SILVA. "OH $HIT!!!" Proof that they are all still human...barely!!!
FEST is BEST!!!
  • + 2
 Well... its because Brandon pulls it as he rides by, not because he panicked. I don't think that guy knows the meaning of that word.
  • + 6
 Silva's accidental hip jump is insane
  • + 6
 Did Sam Reynolds choose for UK Drum & bass soundtrack?
Awesome fest
  • + 14
 Haha thank you and yes, sorry the music is my fault! We had metal the last 4 years, why not have something different! Drum and Bass was the music we were playing at the event all the time so fits the vibe and good memories!
  • + 1
 @SamReynolds26: Song Name bro please. IT'S SO SICK!
  • + 4
 Dear FMB..... Please take notes on what a MTB event should be like, because you're doing it wrong.
  • + 2
 Did they back off hitting the big finish jump partway through the event? Too much wind?

Seems like a lot of the riders were treating the big step up (last year’s final feature) as the end of the run.
  • + 5
 Savage. Just savage.
  • + 6
 Sausage
  • + 1
 @LeToux: Sausage Links - Linking one Sausage move to another
  • + 2
 I think the Fest Series is the gnarliest thing in all action sports these days.

(remember when snowboarding was this gnarly? what happened?)
  • + 4
 Bring back the metal soundtrack
  • + 3
 Mountain bikes, big jumps, steezy airs, DnB..... I'm a simple man with simple tastes.
  • + 2
 Some hiker with kaki pants with way too many pockets is going to take this video to the next Audubon Society meeting and get us all banned from all trails forever.
  • + 3
 crash section was savage! Absolute mentalists.... loved every second of it A++++++++++++++
  • + 2
 Andreu, Aggy, and Jordie!! So many great riders making this madness look so easy! Almost makes this 43 year old believe he could send it.
  • + 1
 They're quite big those aren't they. We've had similar weather here, and seeing this is helping to spur me on, and get my place finished. I've been building since September, and its nearly rideable.
  • + 3
 Insanely good edit (with insanely awful soundtrack).
  • + 2
 Absolutely INSANE. Sick edit and a great advert for our sport, if you've got balls big enough!!
  • + 1
 As Silva front flips during celebration his bike tomahawks with a rear flat , Explosive action those few seconds worth in that clip !
  • + 2
 This may just be the best mountainbike riding video I have watched in like, ever.
  • + 2
 That toboggan miles up in the sky over the hip is the styliest thing I've seen in a long time....!
  • + 4
 Goose bumps. A lot
  • + 2
 If this doesn’t get you pumped to go huck yourself I don’t know what will.
  • + 1
 INSANE event and riding! Incredible stuff! But that music.... bluerghh... What a pile of garbage... Surely this kind of riding deserves some old skool thrash metal!
  • + 2
 Don't forget Pills an glow sticks next time you hit the jumps Big Grin
  • + 2
 If we all like the same thing the world would be a really boring place!
  • + 1
 @Attilauk: an still not nearly as boring as that music, don't get me wrong I like a bit of Jungle but that track is dog shit
  • + 3
 @nojzilla: Each to their own, i love a bit of Metrik, well anything on the Hospital label really.
  • + 1
 These guys are so amazing.......just pure joy to watch. Keep it up fellas......love watching you continue to progress the sport. Huge props to all who ride this thing!
  • + 3
 i could watch vink ride all day! love his style
  • + 3
 Is a longer vid coming at some point?
  • + 3
 Andreu killed it! amazing.
  • + 2
 That rad.

/gets stoked

/goes outside

/jumps gutter

/lands on face...

/back to keyboard for me.
  • + 2
 just astonishing. an amazing event
  • + 2
 All hail Silva! What a freak...
  • + 1
 Getting close to what MX was doing a while back, pretty damn impressive what these guys are doing!
  • + 1
 I like the darkfest and I did not watch until the end because the music is unbearable and unsuitable
  • + 3
 Next level $#!+
  • + 1
 Awful music. This one fits pretty well.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO_84C3fpuI
  • + 1
 Nothing to ET! Lol! And cliff hanger... cool stuff. Needed some heel clicker backflips I reckon! ????
  • + 2
 This is amazing! Buzzin'!
  • + 2
 Thanks, wow so sick!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 these guys are crazy love it!
  • + 1
 Such a DOPE edit! smiling all the way through thinking damn its good to ride bikes!
  • + 2
 I much prefer this format over Rampage... I think riders agree too!
  • + 1
 I love em both but, I'd like to see the comp element given less importance with Rampage. Like judge it over the whole week building included. Fest has got that down.
  • + 1
 Would love to see Casey Brown doing this, the lass has mad skills.
  • + 1
 Awesome edit with a great soundtrack!
  • + 1
 Freeride is alive and well
  • + 1
 —No bikes were harmed in the making of this video—
  • + 1
 I used to live an hour from there Frown
  • + 2
 All hail Adolf..
  • + 1
 Got sweaty palms watching this
  • + 2
 Ftw! MTB IS THE SHIT
  • + 1
 monster jump line! monster skills..all of 'em, thank you Monster!
  • + 1
 We need coverage like rampage for this dang it! This is sic af!!!!
  • + 1
 What Rampage wants to be when it grows up?

Next Level.
  • + 2
 Insaneum.
  • + 1
 I know slow mo is needed but was any of this at right speed?
  • + 1
 Nico V just wasting perfectly good landers.
  • + 1
 LOVE LOE LOEV ITTTT MORE AND MORE!!!! insane videos brutal level!!!!
  • + 0
 track name around the 3-4 minute mark?
  • + 1
 It's AMAZING !!!!! Big Grin
  • + 1
 nutters
  • + 1
 Wow
  • + 1
 Sooo sick
  • + 1
 Boo Yah
  • + 1
 insane... chapeau!
  • + 0
 It's pretty sad when The Nutcracker is the best music in an edit.
  • + 0
 Sickest riding. Dogshit music!
  • - 1
 Shitty music, where's metal.
  • - 7
flag OlSkoolJake (Feb 25, 2019 at 8:32) (Below Threshold)
 DnB > Metal any, and everyday of the week. Sorry but that just the way it is.
  • + 0
 @OlSkoolJake: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
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