“The Sa-Fari trip was centered around riding two amazing ditch spots in South Africa. I had been to one of them briefly a few years ago and knew how incredible it was. The other one was a recent find by the Port Elizabeth crew of riders—I saw some pictures and videos they posted on Instagram and it looked unreal!
A few months before the trip I broke my wrist pretty badly, so I wasn’t quite on the ball with organizing the whole thing. Kevin Kalkoff kicked my ass in to gear when he pointed out that we were both going out there for two events anyway and we may as well put a trip together. Although I wasn’t ready for filming or competing, I couldn’t pass up a road trip around South Africa and I knew the other dudes would love the experience.
We were in for loads of driving and relatively little riding, so the crew in the van had to be right: Kalkoff, his brother (Thomas Benedetti), Rich Forne, and Eisa Bakos. We needed people that understood the “effort for reward” ethos and we had it. We weren’t trying to stack a load of clips on “regular street spots” to make a normal BMX edit, as we knew this would be more of an adventure than anything. Rich Forne is one of the most creative videographers around; he appreciates traveling and new experiences as much as anyone and I think that comes across in the video he made.
We ended up covering well over 2500 miles, but the spots and experiences were worth it for sure. I was stoked that I managed to ride each spot a little and the trip motivated me to get healthier and stronger again for 2019. It was a treat watching Kevin and Thomas ride these spots. I buzz so much watching the video and reminiscing about all the good times we had!” —Greg Illingworth
Follow Greg Illingworth, Kevin Kalkoff and Thomas Benedetti as they venture off the beaten path and into the wild of South Africa’s unparalleled beauty, whilst on the hunt for some of the most elusive spots and remote locations the country has to offer. The result is 17 minutes of pure, raw BMX combined with breathtaking visuals captured over 4000km of travel.
A film by Rich Forne.