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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristy Moriarity
Kim Moriarity
Greg Long ...
Magnificent One
Magnificent Two
Zach Wormhoudt ...
Magnificent Three
Young Jay
Young Kim


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 USA:

$2,268,274, 28 October 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,002,756, 13 January 2013
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


[first lines]
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...
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.71 (2012) See more »


Into Your Arms
Written by Robyn St. Clare
Performed by The Lemonheads
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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The life of Jay lived out to its fullest leaves the viewer feeling inspired and wanting to jump right into the surfing world
1 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

As a passionate surfer I always look forward to surf films as they are few and far between.The past few takes on surfing by Hollywood have been hit and miss and I think Chasing Mavericks was right on target. The story of Jay is such an inspiring one and it is done quite well as far as surf films go. Similar to the story of Stacy Peralta in Lords of Dogtown, he is an outcast who wants to turn a blind eye to the dark side of those teenage years that many are captured by. Bullies, drugs, violence all play their part in the film, but what is touching is the father son relationship that is developed with Frosty and Jay. Overall it is a great film with lots of heart and few unexpected twists and as in many surf films its fun for us surfers to pick out the cameos of pro surfers and Chasing Mavericks did not disappoint. Peter Mel, Greg Long and tonnes more mentioned in the closing credits. I think this film got surfing right with the escapist attitude and how surfing is more of a love affair with the ocean as opposed to a simple sport. It will leave you inspired and wanting to jump right into the water to Live Like Jay.

P.S. Only bad thing is no mention of Jeff Clark. A little bummed at first but I got over it :)

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