Video: Checking in on DarkFEST Build Week

Jan 20, 2019 at 23:42
by Eric Palmer  

In the Beninging

Sam, Clemens and Nico have been working hard creating magic at the DarkFEST site just outside Stellenbosch. Two new features are being added to the end of the line, so the focus has been at the bottom of the course this week. The gigantic step up has had an overhaul and is slightly hipped to the right now to lead into a flat drop into the road below and then into a chute down to a big stepped up trick jump.

Step Up Drop getting a makeover

Step Up Refresh

Piling Landings

Removing Fallen Trees

Piling Landings

Serious Business

Trick Jump View

Between building the guys have been enjoying the flow trail and jumps at Hellsend Dirt Compound, which is conveniently on the same farm and the best way to loosen the body up after sitting in a digger all day.

Too much steeze for 1 frame

Bikepark Laps

Bikepark Laps

Bikepark Laps

Leany McJoe

Bikepark Laps

1 foot euro

Some rain has come through and helped tonnes with the building, it has been just enough to keep the dirt sticking together and perfect for compacting and sculpting the lips and landings. The guys made full use of a few showers that came down on Friday and managed to give most of the line a once over and the freshly shaped dirt is looking too good already! Not much longer till testing begins, just some piling needed for the last big trick jump and it's time to get the bikes on it!

Step Up

Hip Step Up

Drop to Trick Jump

Step up Drop

Confirmed Riders:
Sam Reynolds
Clemens Kaudela
Nico Vink
Tom van Steenbergen
Adolf Silva
Brendan Fairclough
Ethan Nell
DJ Brand
Nicholi Rogatkin
Jordie Lunn
Graham Agassis
Matt MacDuff
Tom Reynolds
Darryl Brown
Theo Erlangsen
Kurt Sorge


  • + 29
 Excited to see what bike Aggy will be on!
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 Im sure it will be something Evil...
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 @TheBearDen: I see what you did there.
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 @TheBearDen: you calling it out eh?
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 @SnowshoeRider4Life: there's been some chatter... Lol
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 @TheBearDen: you were"following" this post still im surprised you missed the "calling" pun,
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 @SnowshoeRider4Life: it was 7am when I read your comment. to early for that shit! haha
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 where is andreu lacondeguy?
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 In a past post he was on the invite list. Maybe he hasn’t confirmed yet, I hope he’s there though!!!
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 @tornateo: Yeah just hasnt booked his flight yet but hopefully is coming!
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 It's pretty confusing with sub-titles. But I'm stoked for DogFace 2019! (whatever that is)
It'll be sick to see Matt on a big bike!
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 appreciate the video being 4.20 long.
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 Makken, so awesome he only needs one name
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 Who from the PB commentator list is flying in for the Fest? Weather is great, beer is cheap and you can even ride your bike on this very farm.
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 Berm shot for photo of the year
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 Stoked on the riders list!
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 Where is Blake Samson? I heard he was ready with his Nukeproof scout hardtail.
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 Is it pure coincidence that the video length is 4:20?
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 Daryl Brown!!! Yeah boi!!!!! \m/
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 This is gonna be Awesome..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 Will Minaar be there to send the step up again?
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 Nico Vink looks sooo happy building bigger and BIGGER.
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 some awesome editing gems ( if ya look closely )
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 That's a list! Have it.
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 aaaw yea
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