Motorcycle luminary Roland Sands has long dreamed about bringing motorcycle racing to the heart of mainstream suburban SoCal, and the culmination of his work goes off this Saturday in a unique collision of moto and surf culture at Bolsa Chica beach, just north of Huntington Beach and south of Long Beach. Its promoters promise “a wave-shredding, fuel burning, hard-rocking extravaganza.”
Rather than hosting a moto event at a distant racetrack where it won’t be seen by non-riders, the Moto Beach Classic can be seen by thousands of the general public who will be in the area simply for the beach and the surf. Located just south of Warner Avenue along the Pacific Coast Highway, the moto racing festival will expose mainstream Orange County families to the sights and sounds of motorcycles.
A surf competition begins in the morning, while moto action starts before noon with practice sessions for several dirt flat-track classes, including Open Pro, Run What Ya’ Brung, Tank Shift Vintage, plus mini bike roadracing on an asphalt course. The headlining event will be the RSD Super Hooligan Bolsa Banzai Championship Race built 110 x 300 ft. track to accommodate sideways flat-track racing action next to the beach. Live music will be provided by reggae band Black Uhuru, punk rock groups Lit and Unwritten Law, along with Wargirl featuring MO test rider Tamara Rich on bass.
“At a time when motorcycling is desperately working to regain/achieve more and more mainstream appeal and relevance,” explained Marc Altieri, head of The Brand Amp PR agency, “this event is definitely a compelling step.”
We at MO agree, and we’ll be there checking out all the action at the Moto Beach Classic.
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ROLAND SANDS PRESENTS THE MOTO BEACH CLASSIC AT BOLSA CHICA STATE BEACH’S SEA LEGS LIVE
The team at Roland Sands Design has been dreaming about a beachfront moto event for years. We have finally been given the keys to the kingdom at Bolsa Chica State Beach. We are partnering with our friends at Sea Legs Live, a legendary concert venue on the sand, to bring a day of reggae with Black Uhuru and Wargirl and a night of punk rock with Lit and Unwritten Law. If that wasn’t enough, we’re also taking Super Hooligan Flat Track and motorcycle drag racing to the beach. Throw in a West Coast Board Riders Surf Comp, art show, demo rides and unique vendors, and you have an incredibly entertaining day at the beach with something for everyone. The Moto Beach Classic is on Saturday, October 14th at Sea Legs Live. Presale tickets start at $29. Limited VIP tickets are available. Kids under 10 are free.
Indian Motorcycle presents the RSD Super Hooligan Bolsa Banzai Championship Race
In what we believe is an industry first, Roland Sands Design and Indian Motorcycle are bringing beachfront flat track motorcycle racing to Southern California. We’ll be assembling a specially built 110 x 300 ft. track to accommodate sideways flat-track racing action next to the surf. This will be the penultimate round of the Super Hooligan National Championship race series, where a $50k Indian FTR750 race bike will be awarded to the series Champion. Dirt flat-track classes being featured are: Super Hooligan, Open Pro, Run What Ya’ Brung, Cycle Zombies Degenerate Choppers & Tank Shift Vintage. Plus mini bike roadracing on an asphalt course. This is the Bolsa Banzai!
BMW presents the Salty Sprint Races
BMW Motorrad will be presenting man on man (or woman) Drag Racing action, pitting bike on bike in a straight line next to the surf at Bolsa Chica. A paved 1/8 ish’ mile sprint course will be fashioned next to the flat track parallel with the beach. BMW will be presenting a Boxer on Boxer Cup, featuring invited riders as well as a drag race free-for-all, pitting bikes of all types against each other for the Salty Sprint Crown.
West Coast Board Riders Surf Comp
Board Rider Clubs are united through West Coast Board Riders competition up and down the West Coast and for the first time will be competing at Bolsa Chica. These Board Riders Clubs include the best non-pro surfers from Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Dana Point, Ventura and San Clemente. The energy is pumping and the competition is fierce as the teams hit the water to claim which city will stand on the podium and hoist the crown.
Fast Surfboards Surfdrags
Brian Bent and Fast Surfboards will bring the speed and grace of handmade kookbox surfboards to the WCBR competition at Bolsa Chica. Part floating artwork and part wave-dragster, the kookbox epitomizes the smooth sliding style of surfing’s early years, giving us a peek into history and the art of trimming.
Architects of Inspiration Art Collective and Bike Show brought to you by Iron & Air
Iron & Air Magazine brings a collection of unique installations inspired by surf and motor culture. Experience unconventional visions in 3D which combine music, art, surfing and moto life into a visual exploration. A feast for the eyes and ears, surrounded by breaking tides and the vibrations of motorcycle racing and great music.
Sea Legs Feasts and Frosty Drinks
A specialized food and drink menu will be provided by Sea Legs at the Beach, cultivated for the event bringing the coastal spirit and motor culture together, with kind grinds and tasty libations. Full-service bar, beer, wine and high-end eats, will be sure to keep the crowd fed and fueled.
Local style makers will gather in the Vendor Village to show off and sell their creations and wares to attendees. Jewelry, custom bike companies, stylish one off t-shirts, custom leather, furniture and housewares will be included to bring a unique taste of the local community to fans and spectators.
Presale tickets and VIP packages are going on sale Wednesday, September 13th at 10am. VIP ticketing tiers are available for limited edition items, premium access, rooftop aerial viewing and reserved parking with shuttle service. Limited tickets available.
Don’t miss out on the inaugural Moto Beach Classic event. TICKET INFORMATION AVAILABLE HERE.
About Roland Sands Design:
Roland Sands Design is a motorcycle, product and apparel company that has its roots in racing, custom bike building and design. Our inspiration comes from a high performance background that blends the love of two wheels with the desire to create unique products. We live the two wheeled life and our crew is a diverse collection of road racers, off-road, dirt track, super moto and custom bike builders and riders. It’s this diversity that allows us to work with the best in the industry on a wide variety of projects. Follow all bike builds, new products and the life and times of the Roland Sands Design crew at www.rolandsands.com.