Video: Whip Offs and Dirt Jump Jams at the 2020 Hellsend Dirt Party

Jul 14, 2020
by SandellFilms  

The Hellsend Dirt Party was the last event we had at Hellsend Dirt Compound before the Covid 19 lock down was put in place in South Africa. So many good times to look back on and we hope to have another one soon!

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Tim Bentley's whips were on point.


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The Dirt Party happened on 14 March 2020, before social distancing was a thing.

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The shuttles were running pretty much the whole day for those that wanted to do some laps.

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Best Whip was going on next to the clubhouse on the fun table line. Whip by Johann Potgieter.


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Roman Kumpers had solid execution and a clean landing which left him in 3rd place.

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Local grom Dylan Lamb was just chilling with these whips and got 2nd!

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Winner, winner chicken dinner. Tim Bentley takes 1st with this cracker.

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From there everyone headed over to the dirt jumps for an evening session. Dylan Lamb boosting.

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Tim Bentley doing backies on his BMX after winning best whip on his 29er.

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The Airbag was running which gave people a chance to huck their dream tricks.

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Local BMX street legend Murray Loubser was getting amongst it, throwing down some stunts in the windy conditions.

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A guest appearance by BMX pro Boyd Hilder.

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Thanks everyone for coming out and we hope to do something like this again soon.

Film by Thomas Sandell
Photos by Eric Palmer

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10 Comments

  • 17 0
 3 comments on a whip off and dirt jump video that was kind of cool.....73 comments on a shimano clipless pedal in the first 15 minutes is published. I think we know why Tippie isn't on pinkbike much anymore. The DownCountry folks have taken over. Water bottle cages for everybody!!!!! Oh the joy Blank Stare
  • 2 0
 !f a water bottle¡
  • 1 0
 Think maybe people just came here for the sweet whips, and a tech article may prompt more discussion?

Not sure it’s a lack of love for the content. Maybe a page view count is in order.
  • 8 5
 I think I saw a single black face at an event held in a country 60 million, where only 9 percent of the population is white. Even mountain biking in South Africa has trouble being inclusive.
  • 4 0
 There's nobody stopping anyone from joining events like these in SA. Unfortunately though there's no government support for mountain biking and the industry struggles to support anyone. Bikes are unreasonably expensive here and only relatively well off people can afford to get into the sport even at the most basic level. That being said, There are many more POCs in SA that ride XC, road and BMX street than there are riding dirtjumps, DH and enduro. Visit a different event and it's likely you'll see different people. This video represents a tiny portion of riders in SA and that's okay, because the location is out of the way on someones private farm in a wine making area doing a specific type of riding. It's a 14 hour drive from where the majority of the population live. It's not a representation of an entire country's riding scene. I'll keep an eye out for all the indigenous people in the next Canadian edit I see.
  • 2 0
 @Oolex: I know I'm being a bit unfair. But I've worked with people from South Africa who have been pretty open about how things are incredibly segregated. I just thought this was a particularly poignant example, given the total lack of representation compared to the country's demographics.

On your last point though: First Nations people only make up 5% of the total population of 38 million in Canada. Despite that, there's been a push to engage First Nation's people in the mountain bike and trail building communities - particularly in rural BC.
  • 1 0
 Yes the wealth still lies mainly with the white population, but I can tell you that $2000 bicycle is still out of reach for the vast majority of white South Africans too, let alone a top of the range DH bike... And while there are many rich black South Africans too, the don't spend their wealth on any outlier sporting codes ... Also, idea that all white people in SA are rich is a narrative that the rest of the world believes, Yes, we still have it much better than the majority because of generational wealth and privilege, but living in SA is a struggle for most, some just struggle less
  • 5 0
 Hell yeah!
  • 1 0
 The slow mo of some basic tricks I'd like to learn was nice. Not fest series level, but worth a watch
  • 1 0
 Sick riding, sick jump compound, very unfortunate music selection...

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