Wheels & Waves

Wheels and Waves 2017 a film by Nick Clements

Nick Clements delivers his film about the 2017 edition of Wheels and Waves in Biarritz. He’s always been interested in capturing these strong characters that symbolize our small world. Whether bikers, surfers, skaters, musicians, or artists, all are unique, all have a story to tell. here are a few of them.

See you in June for the next edition !

Wheels and Waves California 2017

Wheels and Waves in California has been a dream for years. The Southsiders and The Vintagent joined forces and finally made it last summer. Obviously more compact than its big brother in Biarritz, but fullfilled by the same spirit and passion.
For long time, we followed the work of brilliant photographer and film director Patrick Trefz local from Santa Cruz. We met by chance, so was born this wonderful collaboration.

A film by Patrick Trefz and Headland Collective

Wheels and Waves Biarritz 2018

The seventh edition of Wheels and Waves will take place in Biarritz at la Cité de l’Océan
Four days of Motorcycling, surf, Skate, Music and Friendship.
From the 14th to the 17th of June 2018.
Spread the word !

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