Wheels & Waves

2017 Program – The year of the legends !

Please find below the full program W&W 2017:


Music programming – It’s just the beginning…

rYDER THE EAGLE – wednesday 14th



Strength. Romanticism. Those two words plainly define Ryder The Eagle, fierce drummer turned into a dirty crooner. Ryder howls love and whispers hate through songs that are just like his bike: stripped-down, rusted, roaring. We may think of Beck, Julian Casablancas or The Walkmen. But we know one thing for sure: Ryder The Eagle is riding fast on the road to sincerity and nothing will stop him. It’s rock, it sweats, it’s stirring and dark ! This big fan of motorcycle in a rock aesthetic seeks a new breath in music.

moon Duo – wednesday 14th



Moon Duo was created in 2009 by guitarist Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada on keyboards. The style is influenced by psychedelic rock, combining repetitive rhythms and saturated guitar riffs. Here’s what Liberation said last January of the band’s latest LP “Inspired by the depths of Oregon’s endless forests and esoteric literature, the album offers seven odysseys of psychedelic rock, which possess the ability to immerse into the very deep cooperative spirit.”

mr.tc – friday 16th



MR TC aka Thomas L. Clarke is a DJ and musician based in Glasgow where he runs the Night of the Jaguar parties out of the Art School. As an affiliate of the city’s Green Door recording studio, he’s part of a group of young musicians that are currently making waves in the international dance music community. His ‘sound’ is one that mixes organic elements with electronic instrumentation: guitar and live percussion meeting drum machines and synths, soaked in space echo and spring reverb.

optimo eSPACIO – friday 16th



Jonnie Wilkes and Keith McIvor – a.k.a. JG Wilkes and JD Twitch – met in November 1997 at the Sub Club in Glasgow. Since then, they have founded the label Optimo Music and created Optimo, a duo born from their will to invent new ways of DJing, using samples, laptops and effects boxes, mixing a range of musical styles. Playing anything from rock to electro and reggae to cold wave, Optimo creates a unique space for freedom without musical boarders.

brian bent – saturday 17th


Photo by Robbie Warden

Brian Bent is the San Juan Capistrano-based artist. Self taught and influenced by the ‘Contemporary’ period of design, fashion, and architecture of the turn of the century through the mid sixties, Southern California artist Brian Bent’s dynamic illustrative paintings, interior design/builds, sculptures, and his music are high energy. His works generate momentum, and each piece begs its viewer a journey worth the taking. Whether it is in surfing, music, writing, painting, design, fashion, sculpting, car building, or whatever else sets his soul afire, the result brings one into the joyful world which emanates through all he touches.

tom curren – saturday 17th



Tom Curren, born July 3, 1964 in Newport Beach California is considered one of the greatest and most prolific surfers of the twentieth century. After a very successful career and three world championship titles, Tom withdrew from the pro scene to focus on his other passion, music. Tom’s eclectic style is loved not only by the surf community but also by music lovers who recognize his raw talent. Music with blues, folk, classic rock, and even reggae.

rocco Deluca – saturday 17th



Born in Southern California in 1976, Rocco DeLuca grew up through the R & B tours of his single father who was one of Bo Diddley’s guitarists. Exposed to the blues, DeLuca started playing guitar very young, and eventually turned to the Dobro (a metal-top resonant guitar that played a key role in the pre-amp era) and finally used it as a Instrument.

elliott murphy – saturday 17th



When Elliott Murphy’s album, “Aquashow,” was released in November 1973, critics had a triumphant reception. They dedicate Elliott Murphy as the new Dylan, the new Lou Reed or F. Scott Fitzgerald of Rock’n’Roll. Elliott Murphy is a prolific artist, inspired guitarist, charismatic singer and authentic baladin, with more than thirty albums behind him.

lemon swell – sunday 18th



Influenced by the California pop-loop and the Australian garage, Lemon Swell tells the life on an Island, slips it on a board, the beach in summer … In French, in English, with humor derision and sensitivity. Come take your bowl of fresh air !

Wheels and Waves Focuses on Surf for the sixth edition





hashtag:   #wwloginvitational

For the second year the Wheels and Waves Log Invitational will be partying on the beach under the sun alongside the finest international loggers featuring the likes of Tom Curren, Clovis Donizetti, Victoria Vergara, James Parry, Michelle des Bouillons, Robin Falxa, Mikey De Temple , Eden Saul and Nathan Sadoun, to name a few.

All lined up. A mix of artists, shapers and surfers. L-R Brian Bent, Chris Christenson, Robin Kegal, Eden Saul and Martin Malnoë. Photo by Robbie Warden / @RobbieWarden 

Local Biarritz surfer Clovis Donizetti said “What I’m looking forward the most this year is to find back this feeling of freshness. There will be a winner but that’s not the point. The point is to surf like you want to and enjoy that the others are doing the same.”

The Log Invitational will be happening when the waves are right between
Friday 16th and Sunday 18th of June. A wildcard entry will given to the winners of the trials held between the 14th and 16th of June.

Robin Falxa, French style magician. Photo by Seb Zanella / @SebZanella

English: Robbie Warden : robbiewarden@gmail.com
French: didier@wheels-and-waves.com


hashtag: #gotwood

Finally, from Cornwall, John Isaac invites all comers to show their skills at riding the classic Cornish ply-wood belly board. This ancient wave-riding method still persists in the beach-breaks of England’s South West.

Join us at Plage Milady during Wheels & Waves & experience surf riding in its purest form 🙂
The simple act of sliding shorewards on a piece of ply pre-dates stand up surfriding by centuries & even better they fit on a motorbike real easy 🙂
The simplest , easiest & most satisfying of all surf vehicles , we have boards & if you make it to the final we have period wool costumes for you to wear & pit yourself against the pros to win the coveted GOT WOOD @ Wheels & Waves title !

contact John Isaac: corduroysurf@me.com


©Daniel Beres



A 2017 program under the banner of innovation.


Each year the Wheels & Waves festival reboots, rethinks and reimagines. Our friends must be sure of fun and good vibes, as ever, but there must also be new entertainment and experiences to be had. This giant get-together of bike and surf enthusiasts from around the world is the point at which mechanical hardware meets the fluidity of rolling water and all with the backdrop of the beautiful town of Biarritz. This is where surfing first arrived on the shores of Europe over 60 years ago and has become a central part of the myth of European and world wave riding. We still set up our temporary neighbourhood at the spectacular Cite de l’Ocean where you can check out the unique range of custom bikes that are shown here and watch the concerts staged each night.

©Robbie Warden ©Binch Aquashots

This year the focus on surfing will be greater than ever and on the beach will be the legendary Tom Curren just to keep an eye on things. Over the 5 day period there will be three contests:
A friendly open contest organized by SKOSS (Switched Kick Out Surf Syndicate).
The pro’ event called the Log Invitational – obviously for serious log-jockeys.
Finally, from Cornwall, John Isaac invites all comers to show their skills at riding the classic Cornish ply-wood belly board. This ancient wave-riding method still persists in the beach-breaks of England’s South West.

Biarritz will be buzzing from June 14 to 18, 2017 with passion and beauty, gliding and aesthetics and spending an evening in the town digging bikes, food and good vibes is a great experience. However, to add to this both the Art Ride (a substantial exhibition of motorcycles and art) and the Punk’s Peak hill-climb with take place over the boarder in Spain and are both less than one hour’s ride from the Wheels and Waves site. Continuing to innovate the Punk’s Peak races will include our first all electric competitor in the Superbike category.

This short summary only give a taste of what is to come and as things develop you can track them on our website or facebook pages. A schedule of the main events is below along with instructions on how to get tickets:

Wednesday 14 June
El Rollo Flat-track, or the art of turning left into gliding and into the dust.

©Larry Niehues


Thursday 15 June
Artride at Casa Ciriza, or the art of exposing styles without opposing them.

©Hermann Koepf


Friday June 16th

Punk’s Peak Race, or the art of traveling in a straight line the laces of Jaïzkibel

©Hiroyuki Maeda

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June

Ride through the northern and southern Basque Country, or the art of losing oneself by happiness.

Every day

Surf Contest
Skateboard Modules
Bike, surf and style expo at Cite de l’Ocean in Biarritz
– Live music (Moon Duo, Tom Curren, Elliott Murphy …)
– Screening of films and documentaries on motorcycle and surfing
©Chloé Daumal

Pre-registration online
The organizers of Wheels and Waves offer several packs at different prices:

– 5-day package: 39 € (1) instead of 50 € on the gate.
– Pack 3 days (Fri. Sat. Sun.): 35 € (2) instead of 45 € on the gate.
– Pack 2 days (Sat. Sun.): 26 € (3) instead of 30 € on the gate.
– Pack 1 day: 15 € (4)

Price includes entrance to the village at Cite de l’Ocean (exhibitors, concerts etc.) and all access to the races and planned events: El Rollo Flat-track, Art Ride and Punk’s Peak Races.

Free admission for children under 15

Opening hours of the village
From Wednesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 10 pm (until 0:30 am for the concert and bars)
On Sunday, from 10am to 4pm.

The Wheels & Waves Crew
Jérôme Allé – Julien Azé – Vincent Prat

Wheels and Waves Biarritz th June 2017

12th March 2017

Everything fine… We know that your impatience and the need to meet us in Biarritz again is almost insurmountable !!
We work hard to update the website and registrations as fast as we can.
We can already tell you, that despite already six editions, we are still really motivated to give you the best…

See you soon !

Jérôme Alle, Julien Azé, Vincent Prat

Wheels and Waves 2016 by Nick Clements

Wheels and Waves 2016 by Nick Clements from Wheels and Waves on Vimeo.

The Wheels & Waves show is fuelled by a mixture of pure
enthusiasm for bikes and the belief that there is a universal
understanding amongst our fellow travellers – no matter where
they come from or where they are going. This year, between Biarritz
and Donostia, art and action melded into a single experience
and old friends were met and new friends made. For us here at W&W
to ride over a high mountain pass or drop-in on a neat glassy face
on a still summer evening are both moments that feed the soul in equal
measures. These rare situations cannot be scheduled into a few days in June
but we try our best to make an environment in which magical things
happen. The W&W show is developing into a bridge that connects
the multi-faceted world of the motorcycle with skate and surf culture
through philosophy, music and style. In short W&W 2016 was a visual
forum for disparate international groups with a shared dedication to
acquired skills, speed and elegance in all things.

Wheels and Waves 2017


Wheels and Waves 2016 – A movie by Mayol

Once again Wheels and Waves has been an epic five days journey. The first official edit sums up very well the event.
Edited by Mayol Green fondation

Wheels and Waves 2016 by Mayol Greenfondation from Aze julien on Vimeo.

Grizzly Ride 2016

There is still some snow on top of the Pyrenean mountains, but Summer will come soon!… It’s time for us to to present our edit, filmed by Nick Clements during the annual Grizzly Ride. As an appetizer for the next Wheels and Waves festival, we hope you will enjoy this free ride. See you soon !

Many thanks to Motul for their support.

Winter Ride 2016 1 from Nick Clements on Vimeo.

Music line-up Wheels and Waves 2016

We are happy to present the Music programmation of the Wheels & Waves 2016 edition


SOFT MOON (usa- captured tracks records) Saturday June 11th

The Soft Moon has the special talent to enchant the pop enthusiasts, stuck somewhere between shoegaze and post-punk from the 80’s. Founded in 2009 in Oakland, California, the band is above all the project of a man, Luis Vasquez, who conceives his musical project as a kind of therapy. The New Yorka based label Captured Tracks discovers him pretty fats and it’s in 2010 that the eponymous album of the band is created. The reviews and the public receive it well and The Soft Moon quickly become the symbol the post punk movement renewal. The band live performance, conceived as real acoustic and visual experiences bring him the support of a faithful fan community. The second album, Zeros, sees the light of day in 2012 while Luis Vasquez takes the decision to move to Berlin. So it’s in this city that the third album is composed, Deeper, placed on the market in 2015. The band starts then a huge tour in Europe and in the USA.

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/thesoftmoon
Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/thesoftmoon
Website : http://www.thesoftmoon.com/
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/the_soft_moon/


ZOMBIE ZOMBIE (fr-versatile records) on Saturday June 11th

Zombie Zombie is a common project between Neman, Herman Düne’s drummer, and Étienne Jaumet, saxophonist and a big vintage synthesizers collector. Gathered around their common love for the krautrock, horror movie soundtracks from the 70’s and cosmic jazz, the two musicians dream of a crazy clash between Sun Ra and John Carpenter (in honor of whom they recorded an album), Suicide and Can. In live, the duo has teamed up with Dr Lori Schon Berg (Berg Sans Nipple, Turzi) at the drums.

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ZOMBIE-ZOMBIE-20218131903/
Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/zombie-zombie
Website : http://versatilerecords.com/

KID CONGO & THE PINKMONKEY BIRDS (usa-in The Red Records) on Friday June 10th

Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds fourth and strongest album yet for In The Red Records, “La Araña Es La Vida” summons the Mexican muse of The Great Spider Goddess of Teoticuhan who sprouts hallucinogenic morning glories and protects the underworld, or in Kid’s eyes, the world of underground music. Recorded at The Harveyville High School gym in Kansas, Guitar slinger and singer, the legendary Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds), bassist Kiki Solis (Knife in The Water, Rhythm of Black Lines), drummer Ron Miller (Switch Hitter, Up The Academy) are joined by Chicano, Mosrite playing guitarist Mark Cisneros (Medications, Deathfix) on this self produced ball of wax.

Official site: http://kidcongopowers.blogspot.com/
​Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Kid-Congo-and-The-Pink-Monkey-Birds-115221445167439/
Twitter: @kidcongopowers


AVENUE Z (fr-slovently records) on Friday June 10th

A disconcerting reconversion from the long-time Magnetic: AVENUE Z, acid river in the grey and post-apocalyptic town in their souls, in which they have always been accomplices. Gloomy synthetic ripple and post-modern garage, retina burner ray of sunshine and synthe-moog-fuzz guitar rolling in soft marble catacombs. The album AZIMUT, recorded by Sébastien Batanis in Bordeaux and mastered by Tim Warren, record cover Lucad Donaud, out in March 2016 on SLOVENLY Recordings (USA, EU, Japon). Retro-future or how to give your body to the Science-Fiction…



RENDEZ-VOUS (fr- avant !records) on Saturday June 11th

A little bit over a year ago, it’s during the winter greyness that we discovered this first EP, from a band we couldn’t miss: Rendez-Vous. Propelled by the track « The Others » and its cold heroism, the quatuor was seen as one these bands you would like to keep secret but of which you can’t prevent yourself from spreading the word. Despite the waiting, the four Parisians took their distance, enclosed themselves for a year for the second EP. The mix of ‘Distance’ was left to the American Ben Greenberg, bassist and singer of The Men, producer of Destruction Unit, Beach Fossils and many other grups, the quatuor took the time to deliver a 6 tracks EP as close as possible to their ambition. The band is back with a ghost convey – the ones from Fad Gadget, Sad Lovers & Giants, The Danse Society or Nitzer Ebb.

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/rendezvousrendezvous
Website : http://www.rendezvousrendezvous.com/
Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/rendezvousrendezvous


TOMORROWS TULIPS (usa-burger records) on Friday Jun 10th

Stuck between Los Angeles and San Diego, the duo Tomorrow’s Tulips produce sound inspired both by the pop esotericism. Signed with Burger Records, they take part in this garage-rock avant-garde new scene which includes artists like Together Pangea, Dead Ghosts or Cosmonauts. After two years of absence on disc, they just launched a new 8 tracks EP called, iNdy rock royalty comb, which perpetuate their will of ex- perimentation and of Do It Yourself recording technics. Very nineties, this EP is a lot more than a revival and erases the surf-rock aspect of his debut to offer a soft musical fantasy.

Website : http://experimentaljelly.com/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/tomorrows-tulips/127245916373
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/tomorrowstulips/


Brian Bent on Friday Jun 10th

Brian Bent is one cool cat. He excels in the most cool and creative things. He makes his own clothing, his own music and his own, jaw dropping (or rapid transportation). He definitely has a style all his own. He’s an Artist. A Musician.

From the clothes he wears, to the car he drives, to the boards he surfs. 100% Brian Bent. Chances are, whatever he’s wearing, he’s riding in (or on)… he has made himself. His artwork is unlike any other. When I come across a Brian Bent painting, sculpture or screen print -I know it’s his work immediately. His style is all his own. His work has been seen on display at galleries, corporate lobbies, and store fronts from Southern California to Japan and even France. His most current musical endeavor is ‘Ragged ’Ol Sailor’ – a surf rock, rock-a-billy mixture that fits his style to a T.

But above all, Brian is the Wheels and Waves mascot, it will be his fourth season this year !


Will play on Thursday 9th during the Artride Exhibition
The birth of Ghost Number & His Tipsy Gypsies took place in late 2014, with the idea of exploring folk music in its widest meaning, and trying to put in our two cents in the roots music of the first half of the past century. It was about that time when David Pisabarro, frontman and banjo picker, finally achieved to put together a fully acoustic band (upright bass, fiddle, trumpet, guitar and a particularly thin drum set) and since then they haven’t stopped their journey in songwriting and music making.
One of the most distinctive features of the band is the broadness and the eclecticism in their repertoire. With a foot standing firmly in the country & western, the blues and the swing of the 30s and 40s, they don’t hesitate trying to explore less touched and more contemporary areas, fitting in, for example, influences and sounds from eastern Europe, or from Haitian calypso. With all this put toguether, you’ll find that their gigs somehow taste like Cab Calloway, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits or C.W. Stoneking, and with special attention to the everpresent minor key.

Despite their (yet) short career, they have somehow managed to find their own little gap in the spanish roots scene, and different promoters have invited them to open for bands such as Deke Dickerson, The Straitjackets, The Outta Sites, C.W. Stoneking or Dead Bronco. They have also appeared in several festivals nationwide, like Kutxa Kultur.

Website: https://ghostnumber.bandcamp.com/releases
Facebook: https://fr-fr.facebook.com/ghostnumberandhistipsygypsies/