Second Edition Of European Wheels & Waves

Although this event is in Europe (in France, city of Biarritz) this coming June 13-16, 2013, I think everybody will enjoy watching this short video of guys riding their old sleds (BSA, Norton, Triumph) in a beautiful winter landscape, trying to convince the largest number to participate to this 2nd edition event. (Note: Wheels & Waves because Biarritz is considered the French capital of surfing)

8 Responses to “Second Edition Of European Wheels & Waves”

  1. 1 Rodent Apr 16th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Real bikes, no electric starting motors, real bikers!

  2. 2 CafeSportyTC Apr 16th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    enjoyed it, now if this damn weather would cooperate and stop snowing i could actually ride….

  3. 3 Bruce Apr 16th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Great video clip. The joy of riding with friends.

  4. 4 Fritz Apr 16th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Great Clip! Wow! Fantastic on all counts!!!

  5. 5 Ben Apr 16th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Very cool! I couldn’t tell but the bike with the X on the headliight had some crazy pipes. Couldn’t get a good look but looked liked one was pointing forward? Gives me some ideas.

  6. 6 Kirk Perry Apr 17th, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Looks like some of the riding was done on the way up to Pau (poe) towards Catalan. Good roads. Perfect for what they’re riding.

    If you go early there’s an excellent campground (Inter-Plages) on a cliff above the ocean cove at Lafitenia, right in front of the surfing spot, with a couple of little markets nearby.

    Take the N10 south from Biarritz (B-ahr-eetz), and south of Guethary (Gi-tah-rhee). Look for Acotz, on the other side of the Quicksilver® factories, then make a right, then a left.
    You’ll go over the railroad tracks to the (white rocks) parking lot overlooking the bay. Bring a kickstand pad. There’s a steep road down to the beach. Walk. Your bikes are safe.

    The wave is a long peeling right, breaking into the bay, and the outside take-off point is over the rocks (reef), which uncovers as the waves suck-out at lower tide. This action also creates a “step” in the wave face (like the dogleg in a kick-arm) that makes it a tricky place to ride. Whirlpools are created in the line-up after a wave has seemingly long passed, like somethings coming up to get you from out of nowhere.

    It’s fun to bury yourself in the sand up on the beach, with a bottle of red wine and a french roll (with the white-bread pulled out) and the crust stuffed with tuna fish and Gouda cheese – and watch guys get pitched onto dry reef trying to ride that place.

    Go swimming and bodysurfing, but stay away from the rocks around the cliff. Black sea urchins. I stepped on some once chasing my board. The spines break off in your foot, but vinegar will dissolve them after awhile, or pee on it.

    Have fun. The surfing people share the same likes as bikers. You’ll like the restaurants all those guys seem to own.

  7. 7 Kirk Perry Apr 17th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Two more items of note:
    When there’s ride-able surf at Lafitenia, the point in front of the cliff on the left side of the bay gets waves too, but they break right into a cliff. You can walk out there, to the end of the point and watch waves build and think, “Yeah that’s rideable, you could make a couple of carving turns and then “kick-out” over the top of it and avoid the cliffs…. (and then the waves closes-out into complete whitewater an instant later forcing you to admit)…. but I’d get killed trying it.”
    Nat Young (Aussie, Queensland) surfed that “left” in 1969. People saw him. No helmets available back then.
    There’s a stream fed water-wheel mill and bakery east of Biarritz or Bidart. It’s on a set of back roads like the one in this film. The mill has a place to park bikes, some trees, and they bake muffins from the grain they grind.
    There’s also a Moroccan restaurant east of Bidart but again, you’d need to ask a local.

  8. 8 Kirk Perry Apr 28th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    If you ride with music, you’ll be missing out on a great experience if you don’t take Still Life Talking along for the ride. Especially on the road to Pau. Travel music that never tires. Every tune works into the next. 🙂

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