OFFICIAL! It is with great pleasure that we announce that Wheels and Waves “Hors Série”, from 3rd to 6th September 2020, will be held at the Biarritz Lighthouse.

This year, a year unlike any other, with the support of the City of Biarritz our message is symbolic and based on our values and our history, with a special edition that could only be held in one place…and where other than the Biarritz Lighthouse, where our movement was born almost 10 years ago.

This year, the Village will be set up at the foot of this emblematic venue, the rallying point of the first ones Wheels and Waves. We are looking forward to seeing you again for our 9th edition from September the 3rd at this unique and legendary site. Punk’s Peak, El Rollo, DEUS Swank Rally, Artride, LOG surf contest, Hit The Deck skate contest, Sultans of Sprint…Full programme to be released shortly. Stay tuned…

Wheels and Waves 9ème Edition – Hors Série

This is it!!! After long weeks of waiting and at the time we should be meeting you at the Jaizkibel for the Punk’s Peak, we officially announce it, Wheels and Waves 9th edition “Hors Série” will happen in Biarritz from September 3rd to 6th, 2020.

Nine years ago, Wheels and Waves 1st edition was happening in Biarritz, bringing together around this joyful and very artisanal initiative a few dozen fans of art, motorcycle and surfing from all over Europe. Since then, the Wheels and Waves family has generously grown, claiming for this annual meeting of sharing and fun. 

Since 2012, obstacles have often been a source of creativity. This year, the challenge is huge, but the messages of support that you have sent recently have made us measure the lack felt. It is with this in mind that we have been working very hard for several weeks now and we look forward to seeing you in Biarritz for 4 days of ride,culture, party and fun….

If you are already a 5-day pass holder for June 2020, your ticket is automatically valid for the next edition of Wheels and Waves from 3 to 6 September 2020.

You will soon be able to choose in your personal space if you wish to participate in the September event or receive a credit valid for 18 months. The full program of the event will be revealed in the next weeks, stay tuned!


Following the announcement of the French President on Monday 13 April, Wheels and Waves will not happen from 10 to 14 June 2020. This decision is a new challenge for gathering people and being creative.

Wheels and Waves has often had to face the unexpected, overcome obstacles of various kinds to make this superb event as we dream it. According to the intact motivation of the public and our partners, Biarritz authority, tourist office, local economic actors, builders, artists, journalists, photographers, influencers and despite the unprecedented nature of the crisis we are going through, we have worked in the hope of keeping the event going. Today, this government decision, which we fully respect with conviction, forces us to review our positions. However, we are still working hard to maintain the links of the Wheels and Waves family: the possibility of a new form in autumn 2020 is being studied, depending on the evolution of the health situation and the related legal measures. We will keep you informed by 31 July 2020.

If you are a 5-day pass holder for the 2020 edition, no need to send us an email or any other message on social networks, we are currently working on different options that we will communicate to you soon.

Now more than ever, Wheels and Waves needs your support and goodwill to preserve its independent spirits, DNA, philosophy that bring us together. Support your local event!

Indian x Wheels and Waves 2019 Contest

Rémi Bourderioux, a teacher from south west of France, won the FTR1200 drawn by Indian Motorcycle during the previous edition of Wheels and Waves. His name was revealed on Saturday June 15, 2019 on the main stage of the festival village. “I thought it was a good joke first before I realized I was the owner of the bike. I am crazy about mechanics, I was super happy. The handing over of the keys by Pierre Audoin at the Indian dealership in Biarritz also remains an excellent memory, and I must say that the exchanges shared on this occasion marked me as much as the bike that I won. The concession staff, the Indian officials who made the trip, Wheels and Waves founders, everyone was super friendly, we had a great time. If there is one thing that I remember from this experience, it is that behind each machine there are people, and that encounters are indeed the engine of my passion. “

(photo : Eric Malherbe)

Backyard Project 2020 Call to Creation

Let’s back to workshop! For the second year, Wheels and Waves is running a custom motorcycle contest. Ten projects will be selected from and exhibited during the festival, to showcase the skill and encourage the audacity of amateur and professional bike makers.

Held for the first time in June 2019, the inaugural edition of the Backyard Project was striking for the diversity of the entries – cafe racers, flat trackers, electric and neo-classical motorcycles. Equally striking were the entrants’ profiles, which included young bike makers, new workshops and talented amateurs. The ten winning customizers benefited from a first class display of their creations, and all agreed that it led them to fruitful exchanges with new talents and inspiring people and sometimes to initiate new collaborations.  It was Pierre Etienne’s Ducati racer, aka the Kerozin Workshop, which won the jury’s unanimous vote and which will be exhibited at the 2020 Artride (a jury which featured notably Jeremy Tagand, head bike builder from Deus Ex Machina, and Pascal Tomek, Motul). Given the great interest generated by all the entries, this year we’ve decided to involve  Visitors, who will be able to vote.

Take your chance! Are you working on a customization project which is awaiting to be revealed? This is the right time to get back to your workshop and fine tune your entry. Send your application to

Competition rules:
The Backyard Project is a custom motorcycle competition open to both amateurs and professionals. The competition is aimed at revealing the creativity and skill of future and established talents in the field, without any restrictions on style. Electric or petrol engines, old or modern cycles, bobbers, choppers, café racers, scramblers or others…..only the display of the mechanics, and its harmony with the overall design of the motorcycle will be up for judgement. The winning motorcycles will have never been previously displayed, and will be unveiled for the first time to professionals and the public during Wheels and Waves.

How to enter:
Ten projects will be selected. Please send your entry to, before 29th February 2020, accompanied by a presentation of your universe (your garage, your collective, your motorcycles and/or other personal creations, sketches, photos, blog, Instagram account) and of the philosophy of the project created for Wheels and Waves 2020.

The motorcycle must be totally completed and ready to ride before 15th May 2020. The selected candidates will be informed of their participation by email.

 Stand organisation:
In order to encourage exchanges with visitors, the winning motorcycles will be permanently exhibited onsite throughout the duration of the festival. A Wheels and Waves military tent measuring 10m2 (5.4m X 2m) will be supplied for each project, and can be set up by the entrant in accordance with the motorcycle’s design, while respecting the aesthetic of the Village:   use of ‘natural’ materials (metal, canvas, wood, plants), and no plastic, banners or PVC. Lighting will be provided.

Backyard Project Jury
A jury composed of five iconic faces representing the world of Wheels and Waves – guests, journalists, designers – will decide the winner of the Backyard Project 2020. The jury’s visit to each booth will be unscheduled and will take place during the first three days of the event, when the judges are available. Besides jury vote, a percentage will be dedicated to Visitors vote. The project winner will be revealed on Sunday 14th June on the main stage in the Village.

Hit the Deck podiums

Creativity : Vincent Coupeau

Best Line : Hugo Westrelin

Longest Slide : Teiva Kailany

Highest Air : Julien Béchet

Versatility : Peter Bocalini

Ben Raemers Homage prize : Mickaël Germond


1-Hugo Westrelin
2-Peter Bocalini
3-Sacha Pinon


Hugo Westrelin