100 Foot Wave: Season 1

100 Foot Wave: Season 1

100 Foot Wave: Season 1

A documentary series that follows big-wave surf pioneer Garrett McNamara on his ten year quest to conquer the fabled 100-foot wave. The doco chronicles McNamara's career and his time in Nazare, Portugal where he helped to convert the small fishing village into one of the world's best big-wave surfing destinations. More

Directed by Chris Smith (American Movie), the series also profiles other big-wave surfers, including Andrew 'Cotty' Cotton.

2021Rating: TV-14USATopic Studios, Library Films, Amplify Pictures

Streaming (2 Providers)



Chapter I - Sea Monsters

Following a massive win at a competition at Maui's world-famous... More Jaws surf break in 2003, professional surfer Garrett McNamara comes out of retirement to pursue his lifelong dream of riding a 100-foot wave. In 2010, Garrett and his wife Nicole invite fellow big wave surfers to Nazare, Portugal, where the monstrous, untapped waves just might help McNamara achieve the impossible.


Chapter II - We're Not Surfers

In 2011, just as the largest swell of the season... More approaches, the McNamaras and their team reconvene in Nazare, where they kick preparations into high gear to prepare for their upcoming attempt at making history. Then, despite some unexpected hurdles, Garrett catches a wave that forever changes him, the small seaside town, and the legacy of the sport.


Chapter III - Mavericks

A few days after his historic ride, Garrett is visited... More by his mother, whose presence prompts an exploration into his highly unconventional and turbulent childhood. In 2013, a group of Brazilians arrive in Nazare, but their failure to heed Garrett's safety advice results in a near-fatal accident. In 2017, Garrett's appearance at a big wave competition takes a devastating turn.


Chapter IV - Dancing with God

In 2017, prominent surfers flock to Nazare for its largest... More swell to date — and while one pro sets a new world record, Andrew Cotton suffers a devastating wipeout. In 2019, after rallying through a back-to-back concussion and broken foot, Garrett struggles with determining whether he's mentally ready to get back in the water.


Chapter V - The Circus

As the world's top surfers arrive in Nazaré for the... More WSL’s Tow Surfing Challenge, Garrett grows concerned over proposed safety measures.​


Chapter VI - More Than Just a Wipeout

After the WSL competition abruptly ends, the athletes reflect on... More their beloved, unpredictable sport. Later, Garrett attempts to surf again.

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(McNamara) makes for a compelling central figure in a docuseries that’s also attempting to showcase some of the world’s biggest sources of scary fluid dynamics.

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The Times

The Times

The series is replete with images of the sea as a place of terrible beauty, even as things meander...

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