DarkFEST - Week 4 Update: Riders Arrive & Testing - Video

Feb 8, 2018 at 2:42
by Eric Palmer  

DarkFEST shifted gear this week, most of the riders have arrived and have been introduced to the monster creations that have grown to maturity over the past 3 weeks. More riders means more excitement, and we have already seen some big tricks go down.

First Test Discussions
First Test Discussions

C-dog in his element
C-dog in his element

Cleaning up the edges
Cleaning up the edges


Lemmy Vink visited for a day.
Lemmy Vink visited for a day.

Awesome light horrible wind... waiting for it to stop
Awesome light, horrible wind... waiting for it to stop

At first sight, jaws hit the floor. The first big hit is around 100ft long and is seriously intimidating. Some riders were feeling the jet lag and took a while to adjust, but after watching Sam, Nico and Clemens hit it, the lag and fear was quickly pushed aside. They followed the boys that had hit it before to feel what speed they needed and after a couple attempts they were all making it through the course and adding more tricks with each run.



Testing the breaks on the hip s lilly pad landing
Testing the brakes on the hip's lily pad landing

DustFEST
DustFEST

The wind has been really unpredictable and changes direction constantly, so every morning and evening we go up to see if it is being kind to us. It can also drop or pick up in a matter of minutes. You might get to the top and almost be blown away, thinking there's no chance of riding, to having it be perfectly still, perfect conditions moments later. Such a tease! The huge step up at the bottom is in a different direction to the top two big features, so often when the wind is too strong for those they can still drop in from the hip landing and have a trick session.


New Addition to Monster Energy E-grom
New Addition to Monster Energy! E-grom!

Camping in style
Camping in style



Shuttles up - African Style
Shuttles up - African Style

First hit of the big sender
First hit of the big sender

Shuttle
Shuttle


100ft beast
100ft beast!

With more riders on course, some parts are getting seriously hard packed, whilst others are blowing through the top compacted layer of dirt revealing the dust underneath, so a few minor patch ups were needed on Tuesday afternoon and all was fresh and ready to go again.

Lining up for a Step Up Session
Lining up for a step up session


Flat 3
Flat 3

Flatty 3
Flatty 3

With what's been going on here the past few days, I think we're in for an amazing show on the 10th!

So head to the DarkFEST OPEN DAY and book your tickets before they're sold out!


29 Comments

  • + 40
 Blake Samson???? AWESOME!!!
  • + 1
 I hope he sends all of it.
  • + 37
 Where’s Andreu Lacondeguy?
  • - 91
flag sweelymcwheely (Feb 8, 2018 at 7:31) (Below Threshold)
 Nobody likes that guy
  • + 32
 @sweelymcwheely: I believe your thinking of yourself. Andreu is the spirit animal of the Fest.
  • + 1
 @slayerdegnar: Nobody likes people who cannot tell an obvious troll. But hey with a name like sweelymcwheely I can understand why you and other fanboys took his comment seriously.
  • + 0
 @sweelymcwheely: that's a strong thing to say. Furthermore I strongly disagree.
  • + 16
 100ft gap in unpredictable wind? Hahahahaha...... no thank you..
  • + 8
 When you're healthy you want to push yourself, and your limits. There's a reason vegetables are called vegetables.
  • + 7
 100ft gap? hahaha... no thank you.
  • + 3
 @Kramz: there is but I bet you don’t know it !
  • + 13
 Can see the jumps from the farms across Helshoogte... Got as close as I could... They are looking insane!
  • + 5
 Out of interest do they have any security at fest events or just a nice canadian freerider asking to please respect their privacy in exchange for some maple syrup?
  • + 5
 @medievalbiking: To be fair I would be more likely to listen to the Canadian with syrup than a big burly bodyguard
  • + 12
 RIP rear shocks on that hip lander
  • + 10
 Storch, Rogatkin, Reynolds, Vink...this is gonna be hell of an edit !!!
  • + 9
 Minaar us there too!
  • + 3
 Did anyone see the dirt tornado in the background @2:09 just after he said the weather was getting better!
  • + 3
 Uh oh. Roghakins in town. Good move on the invite.
  • + 3
 Love that dust tornado at 2:08. Getting real.
  • + 1
 I was about to mention that......just as Sam's talking about how nice the conditions are a dust devil churns up on the background :-)
  • + 3
 hell ya nell! stoked to see that kid picking up support!
  • + 2
 that land cruiser though...
  • + 2
 I want to ride that shit.
  • + 2
 That last shot.....
  • + 2
 gonna sick to watch it,
  • + 1
 Why does Sam Ren have a yellow head?
  • + 2
 the 90s
  • + 2
 looking great !!

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