Januari 2015 – The most appreciated ‘Journal de Nîmes’ is here for a fresh start of the year! The printed & online paper by Amsterdam based denim store Tenue de Nîmes. As we mentioned in an earlier post, the ‘Future Issue’ (nr11) features an article by us on the Wheels & Waves 2014 edition. The yearly event of the vintage & custom motorcycle scene and surf culture in Biarritz, France. Here you can find a selection of our photography combined with a story of our adventures!
WHEELS & WAVES has become one of the most anticipated events in the custom motorcycling scene in just a few years. It all happens in Biarritz, surrounded by the magic coastal landscapes of the Basque country where the wavy Atlantic Ocean meets the rough Pyrenees mountains. A breathtaking place for any motor rider!
With its fine blend of mechanics, vintage, surfing, art and music, there are no rules regarding what’s hot and what’s not. WHEELS & WAVES shows us an eclectic mix of styles and scenes coming together, like one big family. The passion for motorcycles and the creativity it engenders, brings a great vibe to the whole event. The Lighthouse of Biarritz being the heart of the event where everyone met.
The custom bike scene is all about creativity. Inventing new styles, a mix of surprising and inspiring combinations of all kind. You could stumble upon European custom bike garages like Blitz, El Solitario, La Corona… Approaching their work as pieces of art, and sharing their latest creations with a curious and enthusiastic audience. As well as style Influencers like Men’s File – editor in chief- and photographer Nick Clements, or bloggers like The Vintagent (Paul D’Orléans).
On a sunny morning as our kick start of WHEELS & WAVES, lying on the beach we witnessed a chill surf contest with the bee gees licking our ears, setting the vibe for the upcoming days! The Punk’s Peak race, on the Jaizkibel Mountain was surreal. Just the ride there was at treat itself! Above the clouds, amongst the ponies and the cows, we found ourselves in the middle of an old school street race! We could smell the burnt rubber and gasoline, while cheering the racers! It was fucking great!
An exposition at the old Garage Foch was the perfect place to appreciate art and meet people. Artists like Stevie Gee, Paul D’Orléans & Susan Mc Laughlin, Lost and Found, (etc.) as well as beautiful motorcycles were presented. The opening was impressive and once again, all around good vibes and motorbikes everywhere! The cherry on the top was the sunset over the ocean as our background, while we had a blast enjoying the concert of Californian surfer and singer Brian Bent who put a smile on everybody’s face! Climax to the max at the lighthouse!
All in all, WHEELS & WAVES was crazy, overwhelming and full of inspiration and joy! Giving you a glimpse of where the motorcycle scene is heading to.
It warms your heart meeting all the friendly ‘like-minded” people from all around the world!
A great experience!