Watch // DARKFEST 2024 Highlights

Big Air Ahoy! Prepare to be shipwrecked with all your favourite Freeriders off the coast of South Africa in the official Darkfest 2024 highlights edit.

Relive the big hits, NBD sends, getting all the behind-the-scenes commentary from the world’s gnarliest freeride mountain bikers. The 2024 edition’s heavy line-up delivers 23 solid minutes of the most technically progressive mountain biking ever seen by glassy eyes, along with a fistful of savage slams that can be felt through the screen.

This has been a special year, with probably the best riding we’ve ever seen! It’s amazing to be able to inspire the next generation and show them what’s possible [on a bike]!”

Sam Reynolds

Kicking off the global freeride calendar and setting the bar for another year of fast paced progression, with ground-breaking tricks landed and new standards being set for female mountain biking, the riders had to endure some tricky conditions throughout the week, from changing wind directions and high temperatures. Despite the challenges, the riders managed to clock in some serious air miles and make the best of the early morning wake up calls.

I think Darkfest is one of the events pushing the sport to a different level. We’ve seen so many new tricks, new riders, new jumps and it is the one event in the world where riders get to show what we’re made of in the biggest way. I’m very grateful to be a part of this!”

Elias Ruso

Finishing the week-long event was a rider-voted award format for those who pushed the boundaries of big air to the absolute limit.

Full Results

King & Queen of Darkfest 2024: Elias Ruso and Vaea Verbeeck
Monster Moments: Tom Isted’s 110ft backflip on his first drop.
Robin Goomes and Harriet Burbidge-Smith backflips train on the step up.
Spank Bikes Best Whip: Dan Paley and Vinny Armstong
GoPro Best Run: Bienvenido Aguado
Kenda Mind Bender (Best Trick) Award: Kurtis Downs
Pinkeye Vision Biggest Burke – Vero Sandler