GTA Wiki
GTA Wiki

I been around long enough to know that there are some things that we don't have a choice about, but there's other times where you have to look at something and make a decision for yourself. I can't follow every order I'm given.
Niko Bellic

Catch the Wave is a mission in Grand Theft Auto IV given to protagonist Niko Bellic by Phil Bell at the Honkers Gentlemen's Club in Tudor, Alderney.


Niko meets Phil at a Strip Club in Port Tudor and Phil informs Niko that the Russians have smuggled drugs into the city from Vice City via boat and they haven't unloaded them yet. Niko and Phil get into a truck and drive to the docks in Charge Island. After they arrive, two Russians are waiting and ask Niko and Phil who they are. They both get out the truck and attack the Russians. After a shootout in the Docks, Niko and Phil steal the boats containing the drugs and sail them back to North Holland.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go to the truck.
  • Drive to the boatyard on Charge Island.
  • Get through the boatyard with Bell.
  • Go to the coke boat.
  • Follow Bell to the drop-off point.
  • Protect Bell from the attacking boats.

Video Walkthrough




  • Even though Phil says the truck has been stolen and is the specific one the Russians are waiting for, every time the mission is attempted or restarted it has a different skin or logo on the back.
  • This is the name of a The Ballad of Gay Tony map for Team Deathmatch or Deathmatch, but is not at the same boatyard as this one. This mission occurs mostly on Charge Island, while the TBOGT map is at the Southern Algonquin docks.
  • During a conversation between Niko and Phil Bell on the ride to the docks, Phil talks about being "paranoid" and asks Niko twice if he ever saw "choppers in the sky". This is a reference to the mobster movie, Goodfellas; where Henry has a chopper following him, thinks that the cops are all over him, and thinks that his phone is tapped.
  • The name of the mission is similar to the 1986 Coca-Cola slogan " Catch The Wave".
  • Phil mentions how Niko was helping the Irish cause trouble between the Ancelottis and the Albanians a while back, obviously referring to Gerry's first two missions. The dialogue remains the same even if neither mission has been completed yet.
  • This mission is notably similar to Arms Out of Harm's Way from Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. Both missions happen at the same place and both involve a boat chase. Furthermore, the pickups from the boatyard in GTA IV are exactly the same in GTA Chinatown Wars