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Chasing Mavericks (2012)

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Jonny Weston was hired with no prior film or commercial acting work. He was discovered via an audition video he submitted via a casting website where anyone who's looking for modeling or acting work can sign up for, create a profile and audition for work. See more »


In the beginning when Kim throws the ball the first time for her dog to chase we see she is standing in Ice Plant, something that grows everywhere near beaches in Southern California, and where it grows nothing else makes it through. But when the camera shifts to show the dog retrieve the ball it's now showing just regular weeds like dandelions with no Ice Plant anywhere even though in the initial shot we saw that she was surrounded by it. See more »


Frosty Hesson: As for the rest, all I will say is... the ones who push the limits, discover the limits sometimes push back.
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Great Movie
27 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

I went and saw this after reading many unfavorable reviews, and now having seen it I can't figure out all the negative attention. Granted, I may be a little biased having grown up surfing in Northern CA, paddling out at many of those spots, and looking up to the big wave chargers such as Jay, but based on entertainment value alone I thought it was great. The acting was solid, footage was incredible, and story never dragged on or lost my attention. The film portrayed a reasonably realistic vibe of Santa Cruz as a high school kid and the often not discussed elements of surfing. I thought it was great that they were able to bring in the real pioneers of Mavs and local shapers.

The only down-check was that it did feel slightly 'karate-kidish' at times and there were a few events that would be incredibly rare that all seemed to happen at opportune moments.

Perhaps this movie won't appeal as much to many who don't have a passion for the sport or appreciate the massive undertaking of paddling out in heavy surf - but I found it very entertaining. The story may not have been 100% accurate, but the point is to pay respect to and tell the story of an extremely driven and all around good guy.

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