When returning to events year after year organisers must always have fresh ideas and change aspects of their show, and this is exactly what The Night Harvest did in 2015. From the roll in (where the riders start the jumps), to squeezing in more jumps, removing the whale tail and boosting the amount of international riders was just the start. The Night Harvest crew upped their game again by bringing an international sponsor, DMR Bikes, onto the bill. It's great for the sport locally, but good to see that The Night Harvest also creates excitement internationally. They didn’t stop there though, also inviting Catfish back to South Africa to commentate next to local radio presenter Kai Linder. It started as a calm night with the weather gods allowing for some insane warm up heats before heading off to the final rounds. Round one of the Freestyle Mountain Bikes (MTB) saw some insane backflips, whips, 360s and even a front flip executed by Danny P. It was insane... The crowds went mental and the riders showed off some breathtaking skills. Among those four local boys really stood out. Of course, the Neethling brothers (Jonty and Andrew), Thomas Sandel, who was blowing the commentators minds, and of course local Potato Trails rider and builder, Justin Novella, who ended up walking away with the award for Best Local Rider in the MTB category. The man they refer to as ZimBlake aka Blake Samson, who was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in the Isle of White, also travelled all the way to the tip of Africa to compete in The Night Harvest. He was extremely glad to be back in South Africa, to be travelling around, filming and seeing what The Night Harvest had to offer. “It was a little tough under the eyes at first”, he said, “but once they adjusted to the light it became a lot easier to start pulling some tricks for the crowds. Sadly, I only finished 4th over all but it was an awesome night out shredding with my buddies.” The BMX riders were up next and the crowd was shouting for local (now international rider) Greg Illingworth. He had a big crash on the night but he didn't let that stop him from going big, it's just who he is. The BMX category boasted a lot of local and international talent however no one could keep up with a certain rider. Kevin Peraza, travelled all the way from Tucson, Arizona to be in South Africa. In his first couple of runs he was already pulling backflips, 360s and 360 triple whips. He was unstoppable. He boasts so much skill but is the most down to earth rider we have ever met and when catching up with him after he had this to say; “The Night Harvest was rad! The combined MTB and BMX session in the beginning was good and the Jam format made the event more chilled and gave me time to focus on the tricks. Best trick was so gnarly, I just wish the landing wasn’t so soft for my small 20” wheels. I was super surprised to see so many spectators, its always great riding for them, and they even stayed through all the wind. The event was so dialled that you will definitely see me returning in 2016, I love Cape Town.” Round 2 for the MTB riders saw Canadian Matt MacDuff turned up the heat and start pulling out some big airs and some massive tricks, putting pressure on defending champion Sam Reynolds. The two of them were pulling out some insane tricks before mother nature decided to have her say. The wind slowed things down for a while and it was on the judges to make the call whether we were going to wait or move on to best trick. After a few minutes of discussion, the call was made to move onto best trick where only a few riders took part. The wind was still pretty gnarly but that didn’t stop some of the guys taking part. Sam Reynolds and Matt MacDuff stole the show by pushing each other to do bigger and bigger tricks. The fans minds were absolutely blown by the calibre of riding taking place on their local trail. Jam Final results: MTB 1. Matt MacDuff 2. Sam Reynolds 3. Danny Pace BMX 1. Kevin Peraza 2. Ben Hennon 3. Matt Priest Best Trick went to Sam Reynolds for pulling an extremely styling 360 flip.
The sponsors must be mentioned as with out them something like this could never have been brought to Cape Town. Monster Energy, XPERIA, Imperial Ford, Cape Frame Work Constructers, The Pole Yard, FOX, DMR Bikes and Cape Audio College.