South Africa was such a good trip that I made two videos from it. Check them out.
Yeti Cycles WC1 South Africa from John Reynolds on Vimeo.
Yeti Cycles Safari from John Reynolds on Vimeo.
South Africa is an amazing place and I feel very lucky to have been able to go and experience it first hand. After the race in Peitermaritzburg we spent two days on the Nambiti Game Reserve relaxing and checking out the wildlife. It is hands down one of the coolest places i have ever been. Everything about it was awesome, the people were nice, the food was good, and the views were amazing. We would go out in the jeep every morning and evening and chill during the day. We saw giraffes, cheetahs, lions, wildebeests, buffalo, ostrich, kudu, impala, and zebras. It was unreal how close we would get to the animals. Once the safari was over we headed to airport were the team and I flew to Austria. We will be based out of Vienna for the next couple of months here at our European team managers house. We are some pictures I took with my point shoot from the safari.
We landed in Johannesburg after about 20 hours of traveling and were greeted by the South African Yeti distributors who are our tour guides for the trip. After waiting for the rest of the team and collecting our luggage we were off to the hotel. We stayed the first two nights in a nice hotel outside of Johannesburg. First impressions of South Africa is of all the security, everyone has a wall around there house with an electrical fence on top and some people even have guards and bars on there windows. It made me feel a little bit uneasy but everyone we have met has been very nice. The above photo was taken from my balcony in the hotel room.
Our second day here we spent in downtown Johannesburg. We had a nice lunch where we were able to try some of the local food and beer. I had ostrich, crocodile and tried these weird worms (i can't remember the exact name of them). The ostrich and crocodile were really good and believe it or not the worms weren't that bad.
We got up early this morning and made the drive to Peitermaritzburg, it took us about 4 hours and was a nice way to see some of the African country side. We are staying in a nice house here that has a great view of the town. The race doesn't start till Thursday so there isn't much to do until then.
On top of all the Yeti videos I will doing this year I will also be working for Fox Racing Shox and doing some videos for them. It's going to be a hectic summer but it gives me the chance to shoot some different riders and go to some really cool events. I spent the beginning of the week at the Fox Media Launch. Every year Fox invites people from different media outlets to come and check out there new products. This year was a little bit different because they had all of the different divisions together. This means that along with bikes they also had motorsports and powersports. The event was at Zaca Station which is near Solvang, CA. I was really excited because i got the opportunity to shoot some really fast motocross riders. It was my first time seeing a top motocross rider in action and it was awesome getting to shoot video of them.
The highlight of the weekend for me was riding in the new Ford Rapture. Ford did a really good job with this truck and it was a lot of fun to ride in. At one point we were going 90mph down a dirt road, it was a cool experience to say the least. I'm getting on a plane in the morning for South Africa. I can believe that the season is finally here and i get to travel to all of the world cups. The next couple of weeks are going to be crazy but I'll try to do some updates when i can.