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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)  »

Also Known As:

Of Men and Mavericks  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


An international casting search was conducted online to find the actor to play Jay Moriarty. The scenes where actors are asked to prepare for their auditions are still viewable online through letitcast.com. See more »


When Jay is out in the water searching for Frosty, he throws the bottle cap into the water and puts the bottle without the cap back on the board. When he peddles further the bottle cap is back on the bottle. See more »


Frosty Hesson: We all come from the sea, but we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again, until the day we don't come back leaving only that which was touched along the way.
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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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FANTASTIC Surfing flick & actors
27 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For the life of me I don't know why it has a low review-- it's an amazing surfing movie. Heck, I'm not even a surfer and went into this very critical (I rarely go to sporty movies / inspirational flicks).

It's based on a TRUE story, has fantastic footage of surfing (after viewing how-to's I am now amazed at how they pulled this off), & features superb acting.

If you're looking for some ridiculous explosions, sex, and nonsensical action prepare to be impressed with something deeper. I loved how they didn't go with the norm simply to satisfy the masses.

This is a down-to-earth flick for people who are looking for something that really hits home and I would go spend $11 to re-watch this.

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