The ultimate chill-out weekend of 2017 saw bobbers, cruisers and trackers head down to the Biarritz coast for surf, skate and motorcycle mania. FTR asks Triumph Bobber rider Michel Petard from Paris about his favourite four things from the weekend.
“Traditionally the spark that sets the festival alight, this year’s flat track race at the Oria Lasarte Hippodrome on the outskirts of San Sebastian was the place to be to create moto dreams. Hay bales with fast and bizarre cross breed bikes ridden by some of the world best – and amateur – flat track riders, all of them kicking up dust clouds as we looked on relaxed and almost as in the moment as them.”
“In between the bikes, art, surfing and yes, a little drinking, with old friends, Wheels & Waves is two days of riding through the stunning Basque countryside and the annual street race – the Punk’s Peak hillclimb from base in Biarritz to Jaizkibel mountain. It’s just under an hour but provides memories that last a lifetime whether you’re watching or taking part.”
Lazy nights, crazy days
“The days were full of coffee, longing looks at Triumphs… and laughter. In the five years I’ve been coming I’ve never seen so many. Most were vintage classic bikes but there were plenty of new Thruxtons around too. Days were spent riding and nights were for chilling in the village.”
“This guy was the star of the show. He’s an artist whose paintings, interior design, sculptures, and especially his music are high energy and heavily influenced by the sixties. He’s an incredible surfer, ska musician, writer, painter and even car builder. Basically he does whatever inspires him, which is surely the very essence of Wheels and Waves.”
Photos: Charles Seguy
Freedom comes in many forms. For us, it's surfing and riding motorcycles.Michel Petard