Garage shapers exhibition

The sacred garage, a place where bikes and boards are stashed, repaired and created. 

This year the Wheels and Waves Festival present the Garage Shapers Exhibition, a peer-voted surf contest where boards under 7 feet long are ridden by their creator. In addition to the action that’s going to be happening on the beach, the ” Shaper House” based in the Village will host shapers from around the world, moving foam each day for all to see and enjoy the board making process. Stay tuned for more details. 

Contact if you want to enter the “Garage Shaper Exhibition”.


Got a custom project ?

Showcase it at Wheels and Waves 2019 !

In mind project, work in progress, project completed but unrevealed, take your chance !

For the first time, Wheels and Waves is organizing a custom motorcycle design contest open to all, amateurs and professionals. This contest is intended to reveal hidden or confirmed talents, to encourage creativity, to discover new trends, to valorise “savoir faire”, originality, ingenuity, in a spirit of good humor shared.  Heat engine or electric, old or modern motorcycle, bobber, chopper, cafe racer, scrambler or others … only will be evaluated the development of the mechanics and its harmony with the overall design of the motorcycle, without restriction of style.

The selected projects has to be new ones, unveiled for the first time to the public and professionals during Wheels and Waves 2019.

Visitors will be able to discover the selected motorcycles throughout the duration of the event, in a dedicated area for each builder at the Village-Cite de l’Ocean.

A jury composed of 5 personalities representative Wheels and Waves universe : guests of honor, journalists, designers … will reveal the winner 2019 I June.

The winning project will be exhibited at the Artride 2020.

How organize your booth?

A 6 square meters space (3 meters X 2 meters) will be dedicated to each project, freely developed , according to the motorcycle mood presented in line with the aesthetics of the Village: use of so-called natural materials (metal , canvas, wood, plants …), no plastics, PVC banners. Electricity is not provided.

Guarantee of exclusivity

In order to maintain the interest of visitors, competitors are allowed to share the work in progress on all media (Facebook, Instagram, newsletter, press …), but in no case to physically present the project completed in any other  way before the first day of Wheels and Waves 2019.

How to apply ?

10 projects will be selected. Send your application to the email address: before 20/03/2019, accompanied by a presentation of your universe (your garage / workshop, your collective, motorcycles (or other creations) made by you, sketches, photos, blog, Instagram account …) and of course the philosophy of the motorcycle project presented at Wheels and Waves 2019. To be selected, the bike must be finished and ready to roll before 10/06 / 2019. The selected candidates will be informed by email of their participation.



Concours Indian

Want it! Win it! What a blast!!!

This year, once again, our partner INDIAN gives you the opportunity to win a motorcycle during Wheels and Waves 8th edition! The brand New FTR 1200! An exceptional gift…
To get a chance to win it, very simple, take your 5 days PASS on our website. Winner will be drawn on Saturday June the 15th at the Village-Cite de l’Ocean. Good Luck!!!
A huge thanks to INDIAN MOTORCYCLE
Only 5 days pass e-ticket holders will be able to participate to the draw, Early Bird ticket holders take also part to the draw.


Dear Visitors, Dear Partners, Dear Exhibitors, Dear Friends,

After many ups & downs the 7th edition of WHEELS AND WAVES ended Sunday under the sun of Biarritz!

We would like to thank you warmly for your participation as well as your understanding following the “move” of the Village after the storm suffered at the Cité de L’Océan 48 hours before the beginning…

Solidarity, the unfailing enthusiasm of all the protagonists allowed us to rebuild in just 2 days & 2 long nights the headquarter of WHEELS AND WAVES aka the Village. A huge thank you also to the City of Biarritz & his team without whom nothing would have been possible.

Once again, & with your support, WHEELS AND WAVES delivered 4 days of emotion, friendship, races, performances of artists and legends, waves, skateboarding, concerts in a spirit of authenticity dear to our values!

“Wheels and Waves means living with the time, without nostalgia for the past, but looking in the past for the best! ”

We hope to see you still so many in 2019, once again THANK YOU !!! & experience Wheels and Waves 2018 with Sebastien Zanella Official movie.

Stay tuned and don’t forget THE SUN ALSO RISES !

Jerome Allé, Julien Azé, Vincent Prat & Wheels and Waves team.


For the 3rd year, FLAT TRACK race aka EL ROLLO took place on iconic San Sebastien // Lasarte Oria Hippodrome.

Winners by categories are :

1 Leah Tokelove
2 Lee Kirkpatrick
3 Dimitri Coste

1 Maikel Dijkstra
2 Marco Belli
3 Wilfried Delestre

– VINTAGE PRE 1975 >500CC
1 Dimitri Coste
2 Olivier Le Quellec
3 Grevet Thibaut

– VINTAGE PRE 1975 <500 CC
1 Hubert Bastie
2 Fiete Girardet
3 Caylee Hankins

1 Maikel Dijkstra
2 Marco Belli
3 Wilfried Delestre

1 Dimitri Coste
2 Hubert Bastie
3 Fiete Girardet

1 Tom Barrer
2 Alfonso Herreros Fernandez
3 Marcos Agra

1 Geoff Cain
2 Arne Toonen
3 Guillermo Val

Congratulations to the winners & the competitors !

Photos © Laurent Benhamou



The Wheels and Waves Village is currently in progress and will open its door tomorrow.
The ticket office and an information point will be open tomorrow at 09.00 on site.

Free parking motorcycles & cars is available on the site.

More information to follow today on social networks & wheels and waves website, stay tuned !!!

Official FB :
Official FB EVENT : Wheels and Waves 2018
Official INSTAGRAM : Wheels-and-waves

Photo by Sebastien Zanella


Due to weather events that affected Biarritz and its region, in agreement with the authorities and the municipality, WHEELS AND WAVES Village must be moved to Halle Iraty.

Indeed, if the weather forecasts seem more lenient for the weekend, the current situation does not technically allow to prepare, mount, install the Village outside the Cité de l’Océan.

This to ensure the safety of visitors, exhibitors and partners, but also to preserve the authenticity of the Festival, the events at the Village and its so particular atmosphere.

All planned events in the Village are maintained (Skate, Trial, Concerts, DJset, INDIAN Wall of Death, Projections).

The racing program (PUNK’S PEAK, SWANK RALLY, EL ROLLO) and the Surf Contest remain, to date, unchanged.

We will meet you Thursday, June 14 FROM 03.00PM.


Headline News // ARTRIDE Line-Up

One month before Wheels and Waves 2018 and ARTRIDE V opening !

World hot spot for artists & performers, ARTRIDE 2018 will focus this year on more than twelve artists…

> The one who today has become a universal and undisputed reference of the custom culture, Shinya Kimura, will come back and exhibit one of his latest achievements.

> His compatriot Toshiyuki “Cheetah” Osawa, meanwhile, will come from Tokyo for the first time in Europe, and he will also present one of his masterpiece.

> From westcoast, L.A. mural artist Robert Vargas will perform in the pure tradition of East L.A. during the opening on June the 14th in the presence of his old friends skaters Tony Alva and Steve Caballero.

> Concerning photography, for the first time at the same venue, the works of Yan Morvan (Blousons Noirs and Race with the Devil) & Alberto Garcia Alix, member of Wheels and Waves family, who will exhibit in the Darkroom, original vintage prints about the Spanish biker scene of the 80s.

> An exceptional subject about the origins of the Basque Coast surf highlighted by Joel de Rosnay, making us the honor of being the Official Godfather of the Wheels and Waves 7th edition.

> Surfing always, past and present will be linked through the work, in the 70’s, of Australian John Witzig and Californian surfer JJ Wessels for his contemporary vision.

> A tribute will also be paid to Dean Moon & Shige Suganuma through the project MOONEYES EXCELLENCE and its author Cyrill Arino, accompanied by Adrian Lopez.

> At the crossroads of skateboarding, surfing and motorcycling, Filippo Fiumani, Patrick Katzman, Project RPO photos will be as well showcased as other surprises & live performances…

>> Hidden in the heart of the Spanish Basque country, Artride will be held for the 5th time at Casa Ciriza in the port of Pasaia.

© Joel de Rosnay

© Yan Morvan

© Filippo Fiumani

© JJ Wessels by Dane Peterson