7.3
8 votes
100 Foot Wave

100 Foot Wave

HBO 2021

The six-part series intimately captures the decade-long odyssey of surfing pioneer Garrett McNamara, who, after visiting Nazaré, Portugal in hopes of conquering a 100-foot wave, pushed the sport to ever-greater heights and alongside locals helped transform the small fishing village into the world’s preeminent big-wave surfing destination. The series is directed and executive produced by award-winning filmmaker Chris Smith and executive produced by Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winner Joe Lewis, Maria Zuckerman, Ryan Heller, and Michael Bloom.

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The 10 Best Episodes of 100 Foot Wave

100 Foot Wave - S1E2

#1 - Chapter II - We're Not Surfers

7.98

Season 1 - Episode 2

In 2011, just as the largest swell of the season 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.

The episode was rated from 46 votes.

100 Foot Wave - S1E6

#2 - Chapter VI - More Than Just a Wipeout

7.89

Season 1 - Episode 6

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

The episode was rated from 35 votes.

100 Foot Wave - S1E3

#3 - Chapter III - Mavericks

7.80

Season 1 - Episode 3

A few days after his historic ride, Garrett is visited 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.

The episode was rated from 35 votes.

100 Foot Wave - S1E4

#4 - Chapter IV - Dancing with God

7.69

Season 1 - Episode 4

In 2017, prominent surfers flock to Nazare for its largest 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.

The episode was rated from 36 votes.

100 Foot Wave - S1E5

#5 - Chapter V - The Circus

7.62

Season 1 - Episode 5

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

The episode was rated from 34 votes.

100 Foot Wave - S1E1
#6 - Chapter I - Sea Monsters
7.58
Season 1 - Episode 1

Following a massive win at a competition at Maui's world-famous 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.

The episode was rated from 62 votes.

Last updated: nov 28, 2021

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100 Foot Wave is an exciting documentary!

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