Heavy Water follows big wave surfer Nathan Fletcher through the evolution of surfing and his relationship with big waves. Tracing his lineage back to his grandfather, one of the pioneers of Oahu’s North Shore, Fletcher and other fellow surf and skateboard legends share their personal views on some of the iconic moments of the sport that shaped surfing as we know it today. Heavy Water delves deep into the surfing culture and its roots. The deep ties between surfing and skateboarding show once again when Nathan performs the never-before-done “Acid Bomb Drop” in big waves, a maneuver borrowed from skateboarding and involving assistance from a helicopter.
It has been described as “Magnificently Cinematic” by Kathryn Bigelow (Director, The Hurt Locker). Julian Schnabel (Film Maker, Painter, and Surfer) says this is “the best surfing film I’ve ever seen – a profound insight into heart, mind and spirit of one of the greatest surfers of all time.”