Video: 'This Step Up is One of the Most Unreal Jumps I've Ever Hit' - Week 3 Update from DarkFEST

Feb 6, 2019 at 6:57
by Eric Palmer  

DarkFEST 2019
DarkFEST 2019

Week 3 has had some final touch ups after some testing the lower part of the line, after Sam's crash Clemens made some minor changes to the lip to send you slightly further forward.

DarkFEST 2019
DarkFEST 2019

DarkFEST 2019

DarkFEST 2019
DarkFEST 2019
Sam amazed that Theo can actually do something to help the boys

DarkFEST 2019

DarkFEST 2019
DarkFEST 2019

A little more rain has come through and helped settle all the dry moon dust. We couldn't ask for more perfect timing for it and it's compacted the jumps and run ins perfectly, almost turning it to concrete once it dried.

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As always some bikepark laps at Hellsend to get warmed up

DarkFEST 2019

DarkFEST 2019
Shuttle Up for another run
DarkFEST 2019

DarkFEST 2019
Vink style on even the smallest things

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The best times for riding are normally early morning and late afternoon, but unfortunately after many early mornings up and padded up, the wind picked up and ended any chance to test these beasts safely. The step up is often a little more sheltered than the rest of the course, so a few sessions went down on that, but the rest of the course was way too dangerous to test. This means we are going into week 4 with very little testing time and with all the boys arriving late in the week means that the test sessions are going down with everyone here. Making friends with these beasts is not for the feint hearted and even these crazy riders we have here are taking it slow and giving these giant jumps the respect they deserve.

DarkFEST 2019
DarkFEST 2019

DarkFEST 2019
More warm ups on the flow line at Hellsend

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DarkFEST 2019

DarkFEST 2019

DarkFEST 2019
DarkFEST 2019

DarkFEST 2019

We can't wait for the sessions to start going crazy, all the boys are too excited after seeing the course. Hopefully the weather comes to the party and lets them fly!

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DarkFEST 2019

DarkFEST 2019
Vero Dinner for the boys
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DarkFEST 2019

DarkFEST 2019
DarkFEST 2019

DarkFEST 2019

Huuuugest boost on the rocket launcher
Daryl going to the moon on the Rocket Launcher!



57 Comments

  • 136 5
 I bunny hopped up a curb this morning.
  • 7 64
flag xzpsmk (Feb 6, 2019 at 17:52) (Below Threshold)
 Lame
  • 1 0
 hahahhhaaaha you sir, have the finest sense of humour!
  • 73 4
 There sure are a lot of shitty hair cuts ????
  • 12 1
 goes with the pajamas
  • 15 0
 Matt McDuff is responsible for that. He looked to be having a really good time doing it.
  • 2 5
 good one bro!
  • 4 12
flag RedBurn (Feb 7, 2019 at 1:12) (Below Threshold)
 I wonder how many drugs is consumed during all these fest weeks
  • 1 0
 DARK vibe
  • 32 0
 WOW - seriously, this is insane. That last photo is hard to comprehend. How high is he boosting from the tip of the jump to where he is. 50 ft ?? way more? less? Hard to gauge from that perspective. The geek in me wants to see some numbers for this course... E.g. distance, height, angle, vert achieved...etc... Again blown away, when is big actually enough ? lol
  • 12 0
 Looks like a lot of riders decided to go right!
  • 4 0
 i'm gonna say about 30'. based on the guesstimate that from the bottom of his tire to the top of his head is about 5'. You can fit 6 of those "units" between him and the jump lip.
  • 18 1
 I wanna see Aggie's bike?
  • 5 0
 Hell yes please.
  • 6 0
 I would like to see a detailed bike check for all of them.
  • 5 0
 I loved my Evil, but I can’t believe an insurgent or wreckoning park bike would enough for this. It will be interesting to see what Evil came up with for Aggy and Norbs
  • 1 0
 agree. I know the Deliriums are longshocked to get more travel and then get a dual crown up front... dont know about the Evils
  • 6 1
 that sub was way mod huge crew cuts shedding mega hits background pbombs all
  • 9 0
 Is anybody making sense of this, or is it just me?
  • 10 0
 @Santamtnbiker: I think it's a haiku?
  • 4 0
 @dea7hadder: more of a high-ku I'd say
  • 1 0
 @dea7hadder:
Redbull gives you wings,
if you really want to fly,
Fest jumps get you high.
  • 6 1
 While watching this with me, my two year old said "It's bananas!"
  • 2 1
 I am trying to figure out what the last POV shot was taken from.......some sort of Star Wars landspeeder? At first it just looks like a dude following on his bike but then he shoots off to the right in what appears to me to be an impossible line. This is pure insanity!
  • 4 0
 drone
  • 3 0
 Racing quad
  • 12 0
 Pigeon cam
  • 3 0
 Man, good to see that Sam ist still in a good mood... That injury is serious Frown
  • 4 1
 Next level jumps, never coming to a park near you, so cray cray!
  • 2 0
 lets have a rig run down PB!....pumped to read about the rigs used for this event. more please!
  • 1 0
 Why is it called DARKFEST ? Could someone explain who named or how the name of this event was came about?
What is it supposed to mean?
  • 1 0
 I have no idea but Im assuming they are riding massive moto style jumps that's not normal for your everyday rider, its from the dark side!
But truly amazing skills to ride those massive jumps in sync! It should be the FlyFest! They are flying more than riding! lol
  • 1 0
 HuckFest
  • 1 0
 Yes, HuckFest would be great too! tup
  • 2 0
 That backdrop is nearly as sick as the jumps.
  • 1 0
 Was macduff running goggles with no lenses? lol and his helmet looks rough af
  • 2 0
 Donker Mag.
  • 1 0
 Americans pronounce it funny... Wink
  • 1 0
 It’s Afrikaans for Dark Power, mate! @kusanagi72:
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades:

I know. I was refering to Die Antwoord (as you did too I guess) And one of their albums start with explaining that Amerixans pronounce Die Antwoord wrong. I am originaliteit Dutch so can understand a lot of Afrikaans (which is a kind of old school Dutch) So Yeah, most native English speakers pronounce it funny Wink
  • 2 0
 @kusanagi72:
Ah gotcha! I don’t know that pronouniation intro you mentioned, but I’ve heard Yolanda and Ninja say Dee Ahhntwuud enough to have a better idea how to say it than most of my Murican brothers! “Dye Ant-word” haha I did have a DE phase for a minute and actually met those nuts at an art show they put on here before Zef took over the world. Not really my fave type of music but I’m kinda fascinated with Yolandi - ok enuf
  • 2 0
 @kusanagi72: fookin spellchecker messed up my first Yolandi Vi$$er
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: the album is ‘suck on this - mixtape’ it was a kind of in between album.

And yep, they are a bit freeky, I think I would be afraid of Yolandi for real (let alone Ninja hahaha)
  • 3 4
 3.5 minutes of video could have been trimmed to 25 seconds of the riding it contained. Photos are sick, and the riding is completely bonkers though...
  • 2 0
 #FESTISBEST
  • 1 0
 What about PURE DARKNESS ???
  • 2 0
 We want a bike check!
  • 2 5
 great video! There has to be a few females out there that would hit these...
  • 1 5
flag Clarkeh (Feb 6, 2019 at 15:54) (Below Threshold)
 Casey Brown, Tahnee, Veronique Sandler and maybe Rachel A would at least take a look at them imo.
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