Huge Course, Massive Air, Insane Action: Watch DarkFEST’s 2022 Return

Gender is no barrier to hitting huge jumps. So women joined the guys at this year’s mountain biking DarkFEST 2022. The result? Equal madness.

Now that the dust has settled, wounds are licked, and hangovers are cured, we get to relive all the gory action from this year’s DarkFEST. Gender notwithstanding, a solid crew of the world’s best female freeriders worked through the infamous DarkFEST line in South Africa and took their skills to the massive jumps.

And guess what? They absolutely slayed.

In this highlight video, you can drop into all the insane freeride antics, including some massive slams and a few epic bails.

Featured riders: Sam Reynolds, Clemens Kaudela, Adolf Silva, Ike Klaassen, Theo Erlangsen, Sam Hodgson, Ethan Nell, Cam Zink, Kade Edwards, Kaos Seagrave, Bienvenido Aguado, Nicholi Rogatkin, Szymon Godziek, Brendan Fairclough, Daniel Ruso, Elias Ruso, Tom Isted, Vincent Tupin, Reed Boggs, Matt MacDuff, Daryl Brown, Andrew Neethling, Jack Schliemann, Vero Sandler, Casey Brown, Hannah Bergemann, Chelsea Kimball, and Robin Goomes.

Runtime: 17 minutes

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Heather Hendricks is a writer at GearJunkie.

She’s been writing about snowboarding, women’s gear, travel, and mountain towns for more than 15 years. Prior to that, Heather worked at TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine as a Contributing Editor and Special Projects Manager. She also worked as a Gear and Travel Editor at Teton Gravity Research. And she worked as an Online Editor of Snowboard Mag.

Based in Colorado, Heather likes to live by the seat of her pants, and is always up for a road trip or spontaneous adventure. She’s currently learning to fly fish, how-to-be a new dog mom, and is van-living and loving it.

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