At almost 50 days from the D-DAY, here is the detailed program of the third WHEELS and WAVES which is happening from June 12th to 15th, in Biarritz. Where shall we start ?

Maybe with a booster shot about the Southsiders crew, who has been (and still is!) working hard to produce this third edition. No doubt it is the biggest challenge they ever undertook, but what an adventure. The Southsiders are making a point of honor to remain faithful to their dreams, that they try to make come true. Customizers, garage mechanics and event organizers, they are always looking for new challenges.

This year, the program is getting richer and also, geographically spreading its playground to the vast borders of the Basque Country that the crew deeply loves. While the “Wheels” have always been predominant, the “Waves” will also get their share of the program this year.

Yes, we’re excited to introduce a revival surf contest, which will take place in Anglet, on the beach “La Petite Chambre d’Amour”. Organised by the local surf crew “The Switched Kick Out Surf Syndicate”, the contest named “THIRSTY FINS” will be opened to anyone (registrations on from May 15th) and will see competitors face each other on old school surfboards – all provided on location. This should be a lot of fun 🙂

As for the “Wheels”, they will be everywhere… Faded engines and the most stunning custom bikes will be displayed at the heart of the festival, at the Biarritz lighthouse. There, you will find incredible pieces of art coming straight out of museums, private collections, but also from the most accurate European customizer’s workshops. Also note the participation of Brough Superior !

Now let’s talk adrenaline, and jump on the other side of the border where the “PUNK’S PEAK” will take place on Friday 13th! Expect a race like no others, a mix of hill climbing and sprint that will see 32 riders “fight for their life” (at least 🙂 on the Jaizkibel mountain – tremendous spot overlooking the ocean. Starting in the dirt, hands on the helmet, the crazy run will lead the riders to a vertiginous montain road, ending with a final sprint through the many laces. We feel like saying “sensitive souls, pass your way”…

On Saturday, we’re taking you on an epic ride of 250 km through the peaceful lands of the inner Basque Country. Watch a little teaser here to get a first taste of what will be a day to remember for everyone. (The roadmap will be online soon).


Also, we are very pleased to reveal the new place where the collective art exhibition will be hosted. The Garage Foch is where more than 15 artists and brands will be featured, perfect spot of 1200 sqm.

The “ART RIDE” exhibition features :


Horst Friedrichs / Nicholas Coleman /Conrad Leach / Paul D’Orleans / Polo Garat / BMW Ernst Henne / Brough Superior / Les Ateliers Ruby / Royal Enfield / Motul

Surf ( in partnership with Surffilmfestibal Donosti)

Hydronautica : Stevie Gee & John Isaac / Gabe Sullivan / Lost & Found / Luc Rolland


Lewis Leathers / Barbour / Schott


Almost everything has been said… The meeting point will remain the same during all the festival, definite appointment at the foot of Biarritz lighthouse, from Thursday 12th. You will find there exposing pits from our brand partners, photo studio, vintage fair, music, beer, barbecue. Wheels & Waves is a free of entrance festival, open to all. Only the registrations to the surf contest, the hill climb and the ride are necessary, for an efficient and smooth flow, register on our website from May 15th.

See you soon kids !!


W&W returns to Biarritz from the 12th to the 15th of June 2014

Excitation is at its peak as the crew Southsiders announces the return of the event WHEELS and WAVES in Biarritz, from Thursday 12th of June 2014 to Sunday the 15th ! And what a big news this year : the third chapter of this beautiful adventure is now extended to 4 days instead of 3. Exactly what was needed to fully enjoy a program that keeps up with its level of quality and diversity.

With its fine blend of mechanics, vintage, surfing, art and music, WHEELS and WAVES has become one of the most anticipated events in the custom motocycling scene in only just a few years. A place where today’s top builders and manufacturers, along with other major actors of this new wave scene come from all over the world, to meet and share their common passion. But moreover, a festival where the public gets to discover the inside-outs of this new “RIDE” culture that we see growing amongst many markets.

Standing as a crossover event, this year’s festival comes back with the introduction of new activities including an amateur surf contest fuelled by the retro spirit of the 70’s, but also a new site called “studio denim”, commissioned by Nick Clements, which will gather heritage clothing brands that have been inspired by the motorcycling culture for decades. The main village located at the bottom of the Biarritz lighthouse will remain the meeting point during the event, with many unique pieces for the public to admire, along with a diversity of rare old machines.There, builders and brands will also be unveiling their latest creations and exclusive collabs.

Amongst the highlights of the event, a new multi-artistic art exhibition will open the festival, in an old garage, a 1000 sqm place with walls covered by many artworks inspired by wheels and waves. The crew Southsiders will soon reveal the list of artists, and we can assure you that the public will be not the less stunned.

But back to the main focus where strong sensations, adrenaline, freedom and noise are celebrated. A demo Hill Race will take place at the top of a breathtaking mountain. Pilotes driving machines from the 30’s to the 70’s will be racing on a scenic road between the ocean and the mountain. Photographers will be rushing on that day; along with media as this is set to be the highlight of the weekend.

Hell of a yes, the anticipated 250km ride is also on the agenda with a new itinerary that will be announced very shortly.

The crew is putting together new monthly newsletters that you should subsribe to in order to receive all the updates about WHEELS and WAVES 2014, so feel free to register HERE to get the latest news !


With the support of Bike Exif and Moto Heroes.


News – 28th June 2013

The GALLERY section of our site has now been updated with new pictures and videos of the weekend Wheels and Waves 2013.
We invite you to have a look at it to discover the fantastic pictures taken during these 3 memorable days!

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