Video: Bienvenido Aguado Lands 100ft Frontflip at Darkfest

May 25, 2021 at 8:37
by James Smurthwaite  
Views: 40,572    Faves: 47    Comments: 2

Video: Thomas Sandell

Bienvenido Aguado has landed a claimed 100 foot (30.48 metres) front flip at DarkFest in South Africa.

It's claimed to be the longest dirt-to-dirt frontflip in mountain biking history. This record was previously held by Tom Van Steenbergen who landed a claimed 70 foot flip in his 2014 UnReal segment.


bigquotesSo... 30 metres to be exact.... WOO!

It's something I've been waiting for for so long, especially since last Darkfest when we couldn't attempt it because it was too windy. But this time... it was the time.... So I'm the happiest guy on the planet right now!
Bienvenido Aguado


bigquotesSo we just had a new world record landed at Darkfest and I couldn't be more stoked for Bienve on his unbelievable feat! We build the biggest jumps in the world and this is why we do it.... so we can all push each other to go as big as possible!Sam Reynolds



138 Comments

  • 353 1
 Also new world record for cleanest ever landing of a frontflip to dirt. Amazing.
  • 69 2
 yea front flips usually looks like trash. amazing to actually make it look that smooth.
  • 16 4
 Mung Beans
  • 6 0
 F*cking nailed it.
  • 4 0
 @nickjaco19: f*ck yeah!!!
  • 30 0
 I can't believe it's not butter!! amazing
  • 8 0
 maybe because the long flight time allows slow rotation
  • 5 0
 With that much air time he sure had time to think about the landing
  • 1 0
 He’s been toeier than a Roman sandal to get this done
  • 30 1
 Damn! Almost as clean as my previous record shown here: youtu.be/wIj8ERPmVn0?t=581
  • 7 0
 @thingswelike: woah, truly a god among men
  • 2 0
 @nickjaco19: MUNG MUNG
  • 7 0
 @thingswelike: I'm really glad I took your click bait hahaha amazing
  • 5 0
 @ddeardorff73: haha - it's stunning isn't it. I totally didn't spend about 20mins trying to find that clip. No sirree!
  • 2 0
 @nickjaco19: we stan mung beans
  • 1 0
 amazing dance
  • 2 0
 @thingswelike: Worth every minute!
  • 213 10
 Wow...and we would not have even see it if it was a Fest Series event still...
  • 6 34
flag scott-townes (May 25, 2021 at 9:38) (Below Threshold)
 Bienvenido is like Andreau if Andreau grew up as Bienvenido.
  • 1 15
flag RedBurn (May 25, 2021 at 9:59) (Below Threshold)
 Fest series would ??.
  • 28 1
 Fest Series..?
  • 24 3
 @deadmeat25: Say this is not freeride??? Fck fest series they're lame
  • 1 1
 UNREAL!!!
  • 1 0
 In a 90s positive vibe,bill and teds kind of way
  • 4 12
flag Milko3D (May 25, 2021 at 23:49) (Below Threshold)
 @RedBurn: erm...it’s not. It’s frickin’ awesome, but freeride it is not
  • 8 1
 @Milko3D: lol. Let me guess...you also think they should not allow tricks at Rampage...
  • 4 1
 @MikeyMT: How's that related? I'm not a purist.

Do we have a discipline that involves tricks off of massive machine made features?
We do! How is it called? It's called Slopestyle.

Oh, but that's done on smaller bikes!? So? In this case it's not the tool that defines the category.
Here's an example - if you do a flat 3 on a road bike...is it road biking? No, it's freestyle(or whatever you wish to call it) on a road bike.

In skiing we have Freeride - skiing untouched terrain, Freestyle - doing awesome tricks on machine shaped course (basically our Slopestyle).

The way I understand Freeride Mountain biking is riding rough terrain either not made for biking or with least amount of 'shaping'.

What about Downhill you may say. This is very race specific, and the courses as rough as they are are indeed shaped, taped, monitored etc.

Yes, gray areas exist.

Hope that makes sense.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.
  • 142 1
 Looks more like an opposite backflip to me?
  • 97 1
 Rather an orthogonal flatspin.
  • 72 0
 I mean it is technically a crankflip as well right?
  • 20 0
 Also a perfect 360
  • 4 0
 I feel like angular momentum is getting short shrift here...
  • 21 0
 @yoobee: Talk nerdy to me
  • 15 1
 @mi-bike: more like a 400° in reality
  • 18 2
 @RedBurn: Good point. A vertical 400.
  • 1 2
 @mi-bike: accidentally down propped
  • 18 1
 Another point, this has me wetter than a blind lesbian at a fish market
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: no, an ET sure though
  • 127 0
 That's ridiculous - the delay before the rotation starts seems super scary. I've especially impressed by the fact that he continues his run while yelling and looking back at what he just did.
  • 24 0
 I was thinking the same thing. Totally expected an eject to bike roll after the landing stick and all the yelling, but he just smoothly keeps jumping while stoked to the nines!! Also @MikeyMT right on the money! He landed that smoother than I land off curbs!
  • 121 2
 I managed two no drinking days last week! woo hoo
  • 20 0
 You mad man
  • 61 6
 Meh. Core freeriders do not approve.
  • 47 0
 Exactly - if he'd not recorded this and nobody had seen it, then it would have been cool though... Shame he ruined it.
  • 47 1
 And his headtube stayed on!
  • 3 9
flag dropcliffsnotbombs04 (May 25, 2021 at 9:44) (Below Threshold)
 hahahahaha (iykyk)
  • 2 0
 You don’t get to see the second run for a reason Wink
  • 31 0
 Love how after he tried to say “What the fk!!!” and “What just happened!?” And it came out as “What the Just a Fk, wahhw!”
  • 27 0
 And I was happy that I did a new 10 foot gap jump this week. And an 8 foot drop. Hahaha. This right here really puts it into perspective of what these pros are capable of. I mean I can’t even comprehend this. Usually you watch a video and your like. Ya. That was big. But this is beyond massive
  • 23 0
 Your stuff is awesome too Vanman. You and Bienvenido are both doing awesome things on bikes.
  • 12 0
 absolute bolts
  • 11 0
 a supreme congrats! brilliance.
  • 9 0
 front flips usually look like the rider has to seriously huck the spin to rotate in time, this guy just leant forward and was chilling as it span around. Madness!
  • 6 0
 It helps when you have half an hour of air time, also makes this insane af.
  • 12 1
 Is that his real name? Welcome Watery?
  • 8 1
 Almost. It's Welcome Watery Dawn.
  • 8 0
 he was born in the bathtub
  • 9 0
 I love how he was cheering and celebrating while mindlessly clearing the remaining huge gaps and features
  • 9 0
 I landed harder going off of curbs
  • 4 0
 I wonder if Bienve was one of those riders Fest series was butt hurt about because he is bringing in too much "competitiveness". After all he's constantly landing viral stunts at Fest events. I think he's probably the next big name in freeride since Andreu.
  • 8 0
 dang that looked easy.
  • 40 0
 I'll hold your beer.
  • 6 0
 A video?!
Pffft.
I’m only interested in this if I have no proof that it happened.
#keepdarkfestdark
  • 6 0
 The way he bounces with excitement afterwards makes me happy
  • 5 0
 What's next? a triple backy? Whos got that one??
  • 9 0
 One of the Nitro Circus crew (a Godfrey brother I think) landed one on a dirt jumper a few years ago, although not over 100ft haha
  • 10 29
flag ridealltheb1kes (May 25, 2021 at 8:56) (Below Threshold)
 @N-60: resi doesnt count
  • 16 3
 @ridealltheb1kes: does that look like resi ya tool?

youtu.be/mvpMyZCLAIA
  • 1 0
 @N-60: @N-60: That's insane but definitely doesn't look good. I already get my dose of spin to win in snowboarding and skiing.
  • 5 0
 Not to brag, but, I did an 11 1/2 foot long wheelie recently.
  • 4 1
 Get out your go-pro if you’re gonna make such claims
  • 5 0
 Ummm.... uhhh...just broke it trying another super rad trick! @oldfaith:
  • 7 4
 This is amazing, so good to see!
This is not something you want to get wrong?
  • 1 15
flag Gummo (May 25, 2021 at 9:58) (Below Threshold)
 Why not?
  • 3 0
 @Gummo: cause he might wreck the perfectly scupltered landing!!!
  • 4 0
 "Claimed" - they literally have multiple video angles of it?
  • 10 1
 Do you see a tape measure in said footage?
  • 2 0
 @mi-bike: before you get too sassy, there is literally footage all over IG of them measuring the jump with a tape measure.

edit: here's the video, nerds: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH0ZjWvE2l4
  • 2 0
 @mtshakira: Perfect. Wasn't trying to be sassy, but them measuring the distance is exactly what was missing. Better than the "multiple video angles" that @thustlewhumber was referring to.

After watching the clip where agauado measures the distance:

Horizontal distance from takeoff point: 30 m = 98.4 feet
Distance to the landing point: 30 m 38 cm = 99.7 feet (close enough to call it a 100 footer)
  • 3 0
 Not only was that gigantic, but it was also the smoothest front flip I have seen landed. Jebus...
  • 5 0
 Status: LEGEND!
  • 4 0
 That was smooth!!!
  • 4 0
 I can do that...
  • 1 0
 In your dreams :joy: Wink
  • 1 0
 Unreal. Front flip. Lean for over 30 meters. Whats next then? A jetmotor so you gain more speed for a 55 meter jump? This was amazing
  • 2 0
 This is « worthy of a Rob Warner quote » impressive!
  • 1 0
 Love that comment, I wanna see a 30m 180 too. Lol! Congrats Bienvenido! So smooth looking. Could prob go bigger too.
  • 2 0
 He's so lucky I wasn't there this year...
  • 1 0
 I hope darkest sees a ton of firsts and gets bigger than the mythical fest series
  • 2 0
 Must have knackers like pétanque balls
  • 2 0
 Wow he stomped the shit out of that.
  • 1 0
 Imagine, in the future we will be able to do anything by pressing a button. Wink
  • 1 0
 Looks I’ve been drinking the wrong sports drink. I’m getting different results.
  • 2 0
 Nuts...
  • 1 0
 Insane! Things are getting serious...
  • 2 0
 Schweet!
  • 2 0
 Butter
  • 1 0
 That was so buttery. Amazing!
  • 1 0
 Amazing. Smooth. Massive. That was rad
  • 1 0
 This guy has looked special since he first emerged. Surreal send.
  • 1 0
 The epitome of the expression; “Stomped it!!”
  • 3 2
 Eat your heart out Nico Vink!!!
  • 1 0
 i can do a curb about one foot
  • 1 0
 Alright, calm down, lad!
  • 5 0
 Front-flipping a curb is next-level! Congrats
  • 1 0
 Unless it looked like this: youtu.be/wIj8ERPmVn0?t=581
  • 2 0
 @thingswelike: my front wheel landed 1st it was way extreme I got goose bumps.lol... The largest I ever dropped was about 10 feet and it felt scary and cool. I could never do a flip cause of vertigo I have enough problems riding roller coasters and ferris wheels.
  • 1 0
 Bienve is creating his own video game, and it's not virtual reality.
  • 1 0
 Still had the composure to send the next huge hucks like nothing happened
  • 1 0
 Good god that was such a smooth landing too. Nice work dude.
  • 1 0
 that was so fucking clean
  • 1 0
 Pssshhhh. 100ft. That's it? .....Amateur
  • 1 0
 The level of danger is just unreal
  • 1 0
 Hoe Lee Chit. That was rad!
  • 1 0
 This guy loves frontflips youtu.be/YSyYLQzHI8Q
  • 1 0
 this was beautiful , thank you .
  • 1 0
 Would be so much more core if nobody has seen it
  • 1 0
 fox and rockshok not happys... jajajaja
  • 1 0
 Mooga-Ooomgawa!
  • 1 0
 Nice huck.
  • 1 0
 Casually stomped
  • 1 0
 Mental!
  • 1 0
 Balls of steel
  • 1 0
 Awesome!
  • 1 0
 Daayyyymn
  • 1 0
 Incredible
  • 1 0
 Daaaaaang!!
  • 1 1
 Matt Jones needs a bigger Helfare sign out there, I could barely see it!
  • 1 0
 STOMPED! Big Grin \m/
  • 1 1
 Ridonkulous!
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