Run It: Cam Zink at Darkfest - Video and Photo Epic

Jul 11, 2017
by Cameron Zink  
IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE RIGHT, YOU HAVE TO DO IT YOURSELF



With the ever-growing amount of resources available to the public, the time has never been easier for one to control their own destiny. This theme is growing more prevalent among established riders.

As an up and coming rider, you no longer have to lug around your Dad's handy cam and spend countless hours digitizing your stack of DV tapes to ultimately (literally) mail the DVD or VHS to potential sponsors in hopes that someone would eventually open the package to watch it. Ten years ago, Taylor Sage and I did just that. We made a movie called, "Git Sum", which was distributed worldwide on DVD and sold around 5,000 copies. Our only equipment was a VX2100, a 512k RAM laptop and a bootleg copy of Premiere 3.0. The absence of sponsors yielded a freedom to film and edit whatever and however we wanted.

Back to present day, we are rekindling that fire with the help of the internet. Now we have the complete freedom to create, and we intend to use it. Our first mission: Darkfest. Enjoy.



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It takes a very long time to get to South Africa, but the benefits are clear.


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"I'm all the way up"

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Excuse me sir...

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Disisdaboss!

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Over the past decade, I have been fortunate enough to not only become an established rider, but also a family and business man. Now don't get me wrong, I'm no P-Diddy, but a major upside to success is having resources and assets at your fingertips to create exactly what you want. Finding a budget for producing a film is not an easy task and waiting around for a bag of money to show up can turn years of opportunity into a stagnant waiting period. So when Sage and I were having a hard time getting our new project off the ground, we decided to forego the waiting period and take matters into our own hands. By funding it ourselves, and releasing it for free on YouTube, we are able to create something bitchin and have it seen. The best part is having a lot of cool friends that help to make this a reality because ultimately, we are doing this with our friends for our friends.


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Zink, flip seatie on the world's largest step-up. This thing is a beast.

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Flip-Nac

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Hidden-Nac

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Macduff kept everyone caffeinated.


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There is a little cafe down the hill from the jumps, on a hot African day a frosty milkshake can quickly become priority number one. Let's just say, the girls in the cafe washed a lot of glasses that week. Adolfo and Sam on a milkshake run.

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Aggy cheezin'...

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...before steezin'.

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Rental, don't be gentle

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We explored the weirdest root beer river.

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Classic game of push-a-log-down-a-river keeping everyone entertained.

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KJ, spirits up and cooled down.


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Meeting of the minds.

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Fun Fact: Colored by plant proteins, this river was on the same property as the jumps.

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Little Andy

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KJ, always stylin'.

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"I'll park your car for you" Uhhh, I think we'll go over here.

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Mellow surf check at the world's sharkiest beach.

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Fun Fact: Sharks love hanging out near river mouths.

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The Boogie Boys, ready for action.


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Good luck out there little buddy.

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So luscious.
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Do you even dig?

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First Annual Darkfest Campfire Cave

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"Make sure I get photo credit for this one" – Zink

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Adolf Silva has style to go with his acrobatics.


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Andreu taking the berm-slider to another level.


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This was Ethan's first time on a boat.

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Cold chillin'


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"So, we have this boat ride for you guys if you want?" "Thanks, Monster!"

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Quite picturesque


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Time to ride. KJ and Reynold suited and booted.

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Sam Reynolds, one of the creators of Darkfest

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This step-down hip was sending everyone to the moon.

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Zink

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Nico Vink, steeze factory

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So here you go! The first segment, of "Runit!" published on my new YouTube channel.

We are also making a second series, "Maloha from Vacay," a completely random and candid look into our travels, i.e. when I get a concussion and go to Mexico to judge a street jump comp because I can't ride. This and many more videos to come.

Subscribe to the YouTube page to see all of our new videos.

Thanks to Ale Di Lulo for the photos.
– All film photos by Taylor Sage
Video shot and edited by Taylor Sage



MENTIONS: @EeehhZink


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51 Comments

  • + 81
 Buy some Monsters, pour it into the drain. Keep the industry up.
  • + 17
 It seriously blows my mind that we get content like this for FREE. On that note, I think I'll go drink a Monster. =]
  • + 30
 Those photos tough! Excellent photography. Choosing my next inspirational wallpaper for my office desktop is going to be the hardest task of the day!
  • + 22
 Definitely the one of cam zink sleeping on the floor in shorts.
  • + 1
 the ones with the spot under the sun are primo...
  • + 5
 "Simply"....awesome times!!!!
Increíble video and amazing reportage! Thanks Cam Zink, Pinkbike and whoever is behind the support of making his possible and bringing us such an inspirational video! I just want to hook up with my friends right now and have a blast riding my bike!!! Yeah!!!
  • + 2
 So glad I signed with YT and Sensus.
  • + 1
 Goosebumps as soon as that music dropped. So sick. Where's my bike.
  • + 6
 if anyone like bikes they start @5:53
if anyone like scaring their grandmother, thats @8:42
  • + 4
 So great you guys are having such a rad time. Nice having a bit of a behind the scenes look and all. And the riding? Another level of another level... :o
  • + 4
 oh my..those breathtaking pictures...im having sweaty palms just looking at it
  • + 2
 Wouldn't be cool if Minnaar or Neethling (or any other SA WC-DH rider) was there, and maybe even hit one or two of those jumps?
  • + 2
 That orange and black YT is beautiful. And that photograph of the ocean is like a painting - a wall hanger for sure. Livin' the life they are.
  • + 3
 Looks sick. Whats the reasoning for being all the way down in South Africa ? Just curious
  • + 5
 There's a growing riding scene in South Africa, with this group of guys, the Trailscrew putting on a series of different events. The jumps were all there, the land was there, why not?
  • + 1
 It brings down the X-factor when you see someone case super hard, and everything's fine. It also makes you feel really confident about new bicycle strength.
  • + 1
 what kinda camera was he using, half of those pics look like they were taken 20 years ago, actually I love the look tbh. and is it just me or is Kyle J actually snoop dog
  • + 1
 All this incredible riding, amazing course/jumps, sick riders and still, I have to have a nagging question answered...when will the loop be ridden, and by whom?!
  • + 7
 The loop will be ridden by Matt McDuff after he recovers from the first attempt
  • + 4
 That was a rad edit
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 A.L. is on another level!!!
  • + 1
 Yeah his riding is pretty hair-raising!
  • + 3
 Rad film
  • + 1
 You guys are seriously inspirational!!! Please keep shredding and I'll keep chasing the dream!!!!
  • + 1
 Dude this is the most bad ass thing I have seen all year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FUCKING AWESOME
  • + 2
 Sage's productions are so rad!
  • + 2
 What a rock&balls demonstration
  • + 1
 OK, it´s confirmed. There are places on Earth, that have alternative gravity. AMAZING!
  • + 3
 Zink you are the MAN!
  • + 1
 All killer ! No filler !!!!
  • + 4
 Guess you fell asleep for the first five minutes
  • - 1
 Am i the only one who thought it could be about 6 mins shorter than it was? the first shot of them riding was 4:30 into it...
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 So bad ass (and scary) to see footage of these events!
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 The vid sucks - no one did the dark loop.
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 So good, just makes me want to ride bikes!
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 Sitting here thinking "Yeah I could probably do those aye"
  • + 3
 Really? I'm sitting here thinking "forget the step up; I don't think I'd ride that drop in ramp."
  • + 1
 cool filters used on the pics
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 that move @7:21 just so laid back. best trick ever.
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 Great photos, great video!
  • + 1
 Killer film, awesome music, so much stoke I want to run to the hills!
  • + 1
 Thank you. You animals.
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 Crazy!!!
  • - 1
 That's a good spot to smoke pot
  • - 2
 Too much man skin?
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