On August 17, 2000, Laid Hamilton rode one of the most challenging waves in the history of surfing.

After waking up early, the Californian and his team cruised through the Teahupoo reef pass at dawn and saw big and dangerous waves exploding in shallow water.

At 11:38 am, the historic moment arrived, and filmmaker Jack McCoy was there to capture the ride that changed big wave surfing forever.

Read the full story behind the Millennium Wave.