Photo Epic: The Night Harvest 2019

Mar 13, 2019 at 5:41
by Eric Palmer  
Truck Groundchuck

Arguably the sickest dirt jump event on the planet, this year’s edition of The Night Harvest delivered no shortage of the fruits.

Some of our most notorious BMX generals were in town and the trails were perfectly primed in front of the picturesque backdrop of the Hout Bay mountains. The scenery around Cape Town is no joke and the level of riding this year definitely wasn't either. You do the math, 1 prime set of jumps, coupled with chargers like the Pat Casey, Brock Horneman, Mike Varga, Leandro Moreira and more, the ever supportive Cape Town crowd were in for a treat.

Justin Novella readying the jumps for a crop of dirt jump talent.

Geordie and Murray packing lips.

As the sun started to set, the bikes made their way up the roll in tower. Making for an ideal golden hour practice session, The Night Harvest runs a little different to most contests, with a jam session format, making it way more ideal for the riders to work on those dream runs. Which makes the usually competitive vibe much more conducive for bringing out the best riding possible.

3 Down Whip
Some warm up. Mike Varga straight in with a 3 down whip.

3 Table
BMX and mtb share the same jumps at Night Harvest. Thomas Zedja represents knobbly tyres with a 3 table.

3 whip
A three whip from Pat Casey.

Super Seat Indian
Mike Varga's Super Seat Indian.

No look flip
Lukas Skiold's No Look Flip is full of Scandi style.

3 Toboggan
Pat Casey laying his bike horizontal for a 3 Toboggan

The sky put on a natural fireworks display as day turned to night. Cornel Swanpoel whips into the sunset.

Dipped 3
A dipped 3 from Leandro Moreira, he was boosting miles above the red South African soil.

Huge Flip Turndown
Moreira brought his signature bag of tricks including this cranked turndown flip.

dipped 3
The Brazilian is always a crowd favourite at The Night Harvest, clearly he was favoured with the judges too and earned himself 3rd place in BMX.

Super Seat Indian
Mike Varga was on fire, fresh off a long airport transit but happy to be back in the sky.

The Canadian proceeded to annihilate the course with all the tech wizardry and burly combos you’d need an action replay to process.

Mike dominated the line, then proceeded to icepick bar the wall ride at the bottom of the course which was a first for the event! He earned second place BMX

Truck Groundchuck
Pat Casey earned top spot in BMX

3 super seat indian
The SoCal native completely destroyed the jumps every time he dropped in for the well-deserved win.

bigquotesThe Night Harvest is always one of my favourite events of the year, it’s been awesome riding with all the boys and I was hyped to take to win again, also a huge surprise was being handed an invite to this year’s Battle of Hastings as a captain this year.Pat Casey

Flip Bar
Brock Horneman ended the event in a close 4th place, sending all the hammers in his artillery, flip triple bars and a plethora of mind-blowing runs, the Aussie is sure to be on the podium more regularly in the near future.

3 1 foot invert
There was a strong contingency of Monster Army shredders in town, including Bryce Tryon who gave the Monster Energy top dogs a run for their money.

In the MTB division, there was a solid line up of locals with a few international rippers including Swedish wunderkind Lukas Skiold and big air extraordinaire Matt Macduff up against Cape Town's very own Justin Novella, local DH Free-racer Theo Erlangsen and up and comer Cornel Swanepoel, all completely sending it for a chance to land on the podium.

3 Table
In 3rd place came Czech dirt jump veteran Tomas Zedja who had the line waxed from top to bottom with a mix of classic tricks.

Frontie Bar Attempt
A Frontie Bar attempt

1 foot table
Matt Macduff came in hot from a week in Barcelona and landed second place

3 table
He treated the crowd to a selection of heaters which included folded 360 tables, massive flip whip’s and even gave a solid go at some flat 720’s during the Best Trick jam.

bigquotesHonestly, I’m so stoked to be able to ride on the level I was on before my big crash on the loop 2 years back. Everyone killed it. I wasn’t even expecting to be on the podium, I just went out and had fun with the crew, I’m super grateful to be back on this level.Matt Macduff

double truck
Top of the class, Lukas Skiold.

3 1 foot invert
There's mathematical precision in everything Lukas does

Cork 720 bar attempt
A cork 720 bar attempt

bigquotesSo stoked to be out in SA again after 2 years after coming out and winning Best Trick, so I was so hyped to come back and push even harder. The jumps were amazing. I tried my hardest to land a cash-roll bar in the Best Trick, I’m going to go back to the drawing board on that and give it another go in a contest real soon.Lukas Skiold

Murray Loubser's cannonball from the best trick competition.

Up and coming local, Cornel Swanepoel, going for the 7.


  • 6 0
 Looks like South Africa has an killer MTB scene! Does this mean its time for me to move?
  • 2 0
 Greg Minnaar came from S.A. , so... yes Smile
  • 3 1
 If you are really sick of water then sure
  • 4 1
 South Africa is a truly beautiful country with wonderful places to ride, and views that will blow your mind, BUT it comes with history, and it's own set of problems. If you are willing to make a change and deal with the risks involved, it's a wonderful place to live and ride your bicycle!
  • 4 1
 SA just needs a couple of chairlifts in strategic places ... please send us your old ones and then life will be complete down here :-)
  • 3 0
 South Africa is going big .
  • 2 0
 Where were these for the photo contest???
  • 1 0
 These would be even better pics if you could photoshop all the "M's" out of them. Nothing against Monster, but they ruin these shots.
  • 2 0
 You are truly a talented photographer Eric!
  • 2 0
 Great photo edits!
  • 2 0
 All the #lightbro
  • 2 0
 Full results list?
  • 2 0
 sssooooooo EPIC!
  • 2 0
 Fuckin sick
  • 1 0
 Glad to see Lukas Skiold inspired by Söderström's style!
  • 1 1
 How about some bike checks?!
  • 1 1

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