Given the temperate climate of Southern California, it's often hard to notice the changing of the seasons. To keep track, It becomes necessary to pick up on cultural cues as reminders of the current season. Such autumnal hints like pumpkin spiced everything dominating collective pallet trends. Black and orange decorations permeating department stores and restaurants, and the sound of street-legal twin-cylinder Super Hooligan bikes can be heard resonating from the shores of Bolsa Chica state beach. The Moto Beach Classic, in its 3rd year, has become a fall tradition in Southern California and what started as a wild idea from the minds of Roland Sands and crew has blossomed into a Southern California influenced cultural phenomenon. The sand at Bolsa Chica State Beach was taken over by thousands of spectators. Eyes set on the WCBR Surf Competitors as they shred the waves, contemporary artists presenting their works, custom bikes on display, raw and unfiltered musicians jamming away, and of course, the final round of the Super Hooligan National Championship.
Surfers battled it out in a tag team format hitting the water in head to head competition for their respective surf cities. Huntington, Dana Point, Newport, Seal Beach, and others all turned out to rep their city and go home with some glory. When all was said and done, Seal Beach came out on top in the Long Border, Women’s and Men’s 40 & Up category. Huntington had the best rippers in the Men’s 19 & under division, and Newport Beach claimed gold in the Men’s 20-39 age group
The Architects of Inspiration Art Show presented by Progressive served as the unique centerpiece of the Moto Beach Classic. Roland hand-selected and curated a collection of installations inspired by surf, rock, street, & moto culture.
Above – Southern California based artist team The Draculas came out and created this cool mural based on inspiration from the Super “gHouligan” racing. The mural pairs well with the Indian Chieftain powered Mescalero.
Below –Artists from all backgrounds had their works on display.
Chase Lock – Artist, John Moss “Brass Junkie” Metal Artist, Scott G Toepfer - Photography, The Draculas - Jeff McMillan and Gary - Mural, Mike Luci – Photography, Chris White – BUZZVIZUALZ Art, Jose Gallina – Photography, Tyler Cornelius – Art, Wyatt Vandergeest – Tattoo Flash Artist, Alex Michael Miller – Art, Terry Urban – Art, Kevin – British Customs, Guy Salazar – Artwork, Briant Bent – Art/Music, Hurley Surfboards, John Hammer – Art, Jona Cerwinske – Live Art,Bill McCann – Metal Artist, Tank – Tankbilt – PINSTRIPING, Jeana Jane – ART, Dave Pickup - Cityslicker Pinstriping - PINSTRIPING, Mr Oz Designs – PINSTRIPING, Kevin Pak – Photography
The Moto Classic Bike Show presented by Motul is a novel twist on the typical custom bike shows as we display each bike on the beach, on a raised stand backed by sand and waves. The custom bikes range from mild resto-mods to wild choppers, scramblers, flat trackers, café racers, and purpose-built race bikes.
Builds from sheet metal magicians such as Classified Moto, Noise Cycles, Coterie West, A Bike Company, Doffo Winery, Upcycle Motor Garage, Kiwi Indian, GT MotoCycles, Hazan Motorworks, Motorcycle Missions, Deus, and Aspire Cycle.
The Moto Beach Classic celebrates the motorcycle culture as only California can do it. Moto Beach draws racers, bike builders, artists, musicians, and fans from all walks of the two-wheeled life to Bolsa Chica State Beach, CA, for a day of action, adventure, art, music and of course racing drama. After nine rounds crisscrossing the country, the 2019 Super Hooligan National Championship presented by Progressive, powered by Indian Motorcycle season finale, went down on purpose built asphalt TT course, including a left-hand turn and a wooden jump.
Super Hooligans stand at attention as the National Anthem plays moments before the battles would ensue.
There isn’t a feeling more intense than the start of a Super Hooligan race. Factor in the final race of the season, wild card riders, and only a few points determining the 2019 champion. Intense doesn’t even do it justice.
Kopp, Dibrino, Mataya, and Herrin all won their respective heats, giving them a crack at an extra $500 in the Dunlop Dash For Cash. Kopp claimed the cash finishing in front of championship foe Dibrino.
Some riders are natural Hooligans. If you are familiar with Josh Herrin or keep up with his antics on IG. It was only a matter of time till Josh Herrin would find himself gridded up at an SHNC event. Luckily for the fans, the good folks at Blackmore Ranch had a bike prepped and ready to go. Herrin definitely had the speed, but a few minor mechanicals kept him off the box. Hope to see Josh at another in the future for some redemption.
Being the Back to Back Super Hooligan champ, DiBrino had a lot riding on his shoulders. DiBrino didn’t get his first win till the 5th round. Although very fast and consistently on the box, The current champ didn’t have what it took to 3peat this year.
Fast and determined: The first turn of any Motorcycle race can be pretty sketchy, luckily everyone got through clean, especially #47 Jordan Graham. Jordan had a lot of ups and downs this season, but his speed and determination landed him 3rd in the championship after a relatively clean ride at the Moto Beach Classic.
Above - Pro Tip: When doing a wheelie, if you feel like you’ve gone further than the balance point, gently place your left hand on the ground to steady yourself. Here @joey55 demonstrates.
In its first season, the Hooligan AM championship presented by J&P Cycles presented plenty of racing action and entertainment throughout the season. The class was comprised of riders from varied backgrounds. For some of them, this was their first 2 wheeled racing experience ever.
Above - Aboard his daily rider, a bone stock Indian FTR 12000 with a borrowed 19” rear wheel to be rule compliant, @zbfreeride had starts dialed and the speed to pull off his first Hooligan AM win at the Moto Beach Classic.
SeaLegs at the Beach provided the intimate, lively and unique concert venue on the sand The 2019 Moto Beach Classic hosted a fun line up of punk, funk, metal, reggae, and soul. Fishbone, Long Beach Dub Allstars, Law, Wargirl, Spirit Mother and the Bent Duo all served as the backbeat to the event.
Everything from AXE throwing to a full-blown barbershop by Old Traditions Gent. Parlor on the beach, attendees of the Moto Beach Classic entered the festival via an outdoor mall featuring the coolest brands that represent what Moto Beach stands for. If motorcycles, surfing, art, and music are elements that speak to your soul, the wears that project that ethos were found via the vendor village.
Moto Beach Classic attendees were treated to the high flying acrobatics of BMXperts @patcaseybmw @corynastazio and @alexlanderosbmx .
Super73 turned up at almost every round of the 2019 SHNC, with their final race taken place at the Moto Beach Classic. Everyone from celebrity influencers to owners themselves had an opportunity to race on the same tacks as Hooligans and Super Hooligans aboard Super73, with the winners taking home their own Super73’s