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Chasing Mavericks (2012)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  26 October 2012 (USA)
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When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.


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The inspirational true story of real life surfing phenomenon Jay Moriarity. When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not only real, but exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some perilous action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 October 2012 (USA)  »

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Of Men and Mavericks  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,268,274 (USA) (26 October 2012)


$6,002,756 (USA) (11 January 2013)

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Kirby Bliss Blanton was considered for the role of Kim Moriarity. See more »


When Jay is working at Pleasure Pizza, Cornershop's "Brimful of Asha" is heard playing in the background. This part of the movie takes place in 1994 but the song wasn't released until 1997. See more »


Brenda Hesson: There are all kinds of sons. Some are born to you, some just occur to you.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.71 (2012) See more »


Written by Matthew Sweet
Performed by Matthew Sweet
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Every surfer will appreciate this film. Powerful!
27 October 2012 | by (Malibu, California) – See all my reviews

Fear is real. Even big wave surfers are scared of something. "Chasing Mavericks" legitimizes the raw strength of the ocean's largest source of energy. A close relationship to both the surf in Northern California's Pacific and to the man who trains him how to survive its largest beast, this big wave film highlights some of the most interesting parts of big wave surfing psychology. Fear, love, loss... and finding a balance amidst it all. Drop into theaters to see Maverick's on the big screen - that should be reason enough. Period.

-Shannon Marie Quirk, Editor of

The Surf Channel Television Network

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