A group of friends who like to do things slightly differently to the rest of the MTB crowd. South African photographer Eric 'Shin' Palmer joined the crew from Pure Darkness 2 - enjoy a collection of his work below!
Danny Pace, aka Steam Train, opening proceedings with a gigantic Indian Air.
Are you kidding me? Look at the amplitude! Anyone else would have died.
Matt Macduff, brakeless, boosting the steeziest 360 1 handers from the beginning.
Next to Matt's loop of doom, Nico Vink and Sam begin planning for Darkfest. The boys swopped their slopestyle bikes for Downhill bikes and Pure Darkness was officially a stop in The Fest Series.
Sam on the first day of testing - everything works!
Nico has our favourite T-Bogs and our hearts.
Andreu was turning up as always!
Kurt Sorge is a freak at whips.
Adolf being Adolf..absolutely sending this flip super seater.
Sam with a picture perfect flatspin.
Everyone survived unscathed!
The Garden Route Trail Park was such a rad spot and hosted some insane riding over the years, but for 2018 the boys wanted a hill with a bit more gradient that they could start fresh on. A opportunity opened up in Stellenbosch, just outside Cape Town.
The boys had cooked up something special. A complete Fest course built and tested in under 3 weeks - we take our hats off to you good sirs.
The trusty Hilux was running like an ox towing the boys to the top.
Nicholi Rogatkin ladies and gentleman.
Clemens dreamt about this 540 throughout the building process. He stuck it first go!
Adolf doing his thing, he flipped this 90footer multiple times.
Thanks so much to everyone involved in making this come true however big or small part you played!
Photos: Eric Palmer
Film: Thomas Sandell