BIGGER THAN ME
An adrenaline filled and emotionally confronting journey
Mercedes and Wrenna are in their early 20s, fearless. They want in on the male brotherhood - professional big-wave surfing. This observational documentary is not just about the monstrous wave but what drives these young women to face the full onslaught of the ocean. What are they seeking? What are they running away from? From the cold waters of Oregon, Chile to Mexico and Hawaii, we travel with Mercedes and Wrenna through the seasons, the highs, the injuries and the pressures of facing your fears - to find out who you can really become. It’s an adrenaline filled and emotionally confronting journey.
DIRECTOR |CINEMATOGRAPHER | WRITER
Claire began her career in filmmaking working alongside renowned international wildlife cinematographer, David Parer, on Phillip Island for the series, Penguin Island. At the age of 22 she directed, shot and co-edited her feature documentary, 'First Love' following the three talented teens as they prepare for a competition in Hawaii alongside some of the best names in women's surfing, including three-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore. First Love went on to have a theatrical release in Australia in 2011, and was selected for a number of film festivals winning Best Documentary at the X-Dance Film Festival (USA) where Claire also picked up the award for Emerging Filmmaker.
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The daughter of an avid windsurfer and kite boarder from the Canary Islands, Wrenna Delgado’s affinity for the ocean started at a young age on the beaches of New Jersey.
After 19 years of stories from her father, Wrenna made her own pilgrimage to Oahu’s North Shore. Here she found a deep and passionate love for big waves.
With perseverance, hard work and dedication, Wrenna slowly progressed her way up the ladder. Testing her skills internationally, both competitively and non-competitively, she conquered monstrous waves such as Mavericks, Peahi, Puerto Escondido, Nelscott Reef and many others.
Welcoming her first child, a daughter, in 2017, Wrenna’s love for the ocean and big waves has not diminished. In the same year, Wrenna was a co - director of the first ever women’s only big wave event at Waimea Bay, called The Red Bull Queen of the Bay.
Through the new focus of a mother’s eyes, Wrenna has set out towards a new goal with the same dedication that has driven her in the ocean... To create opportunities to showcase the beauty of the strength in women who ride big waves, and create positive role models that keep pushing the dreams of the next generation into the realm of possibility.
Mercedes was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. And lived there until she was 20. After falling in love with surfing on a trip to Brazil, she moved to the North Shore, Hawaii’s mecca of surfing.
After two winters in Hawaii she developed a hunger for big waves. Mercedes surfed her first “real” Waimea in 2007, which she considers a turning point in her surfing after catching the biggest wave of her life.
Only three years after moving to the North Shore, and two years after surfing big waves, Mercedes was nominated for the Women’s Overall Performance Award
at the 2009 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards. She was nominated again in 2010 and 2011.
After landing a sponsorship with Patagonia, she was able to chase swells all around the world, in notorious big wave locations such as, Jaws, Puerto Escondido, Teahupoo, Mavericks, and El Buey in Chile. Her other accomplishments include being one of eight women invited to participate in a big wave “expression session” in 2010 and 2014 at Nelscott Reef, in Oregon.
During the latter contest in Oregon, Mercedes took her 10 foot board to the head when a 20 foot (35 foot face) wave broke in front of her and made her go "over the falls”. As a consequence she suffered a traumatic brain injury, which forced her to quit her life as a big-wave surfer and move to Texas for a yearlong treatment. Three years of brain recovery followed, taking her on a journey within herself where she had to learn to find joy and meaning in life in the simple things, in and out of the ocean.