Film: Chasing Mavericks (Trailer)
From “Giget” to “Soul Surfer,” generations of filmmakers have attempted to create a master narrative that conveys the “spirit of surfing,” one part feeling and two parts unwavering desire that conquers all obstacles. The release of “Chasing Mavericks” on October 26th offers a cinematic interpretation of the passion and courage needed to become a big-wave surfer.
While most Hollywood surf films have traditionally been objects of ridicule within the surf world, the man who inspired “Chasing Mavericks” is no laughing matter. The movie depicts the late Jay Moriarty’s ascension into legend hood through his determination to surf Mavericks, the notorious big-wave in Half-Moon Bay, Ca, pioneered by Jeff Clark in the early seventies. Though Clark and Moriarty eventually became tow-surfing partners until Moriarty’s untimely death in 2001 while free-diving, it was Rick “Frosty” Hessen who inspired the role of mentor played by Gerard Butler in the film.
An interview with big-wave standout Greg Long on Surfline.com indicates that under the surveillance and consultation of Clark, Peter Mel, Zach Wormhoudt, Grant Washburn and other Mavericks legends, the film seeks to do justice to the memory of Jay.
Decide for yourself by going to see the movie in theatres this Friday. In the meantime, peep this trailer.