Chasing Mavericks Review
Title: Chasing Mavericks [Blu-ray]
Release Date: February 26, 2013
About the Movie:
Chasing Mavericks is the inspirational true story of real life surfing phenom Jay Moriarity (played by newcomer Jonny Weston). 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 (played by Gerard Butler) 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. Chasing Mavericks was made with the help of some of the biggest names in the surfing world, and features some of the most mind-blowing real wave footage ever captured on film.
Blu-ray Special Features:
● Deleted Scenes
○ Frosty and Jay Paddle
○ Jay Plays the Bills
○ Power of Money
○ Jay Laments
● Surf City
● Shooting Waves
● Live Like Jay
● Surfer Zen
● Commentary from Director Michael Apted and Writers Brandon Hooper and Jim Meenaghan
I’d never heard of Jay Moriarity or Frosty Hesson until I saw the movie, Chasing Mavericks. Now they are two names I will never forget. Watching Chasing Mavericks was an emotional & inspiring experience and moved me to tears multiple times.
The movie begins with young Jay (age 8) standing at the coast counting the time between waves. His friend’s dog runs after a ball towards the water and Jay rushes to get the ball for him. He’s swept into the crashing waves and is drowning. Luckily, he is saved by a surfer, Frosty Hesson. It turns out that Frosty only lives a couple doors down from Jay and his mom.
Fast forward 7 years and Jay is now a teenager with a love of surfing. He sneaks out and hitches a ride early one morning on the back of Frosty’s van. He secretly watches Frosty and his surfing buddies surf Mavericks, one the biggest waves on Earth that everyone thought was a myth. Frosty discovers Jay and swears him to secrecy about Mavericks. Jay’s desire has been awakened and he wants nothing more than to surf Mavericks himself. He asks Frosty to mentor him and show him how to surf it and survive.
Frosty becomes a mentor to Jay and prepares him both mentally and physically to surf Mavericks. He has him write essays, do breathing exercises to be able to hold his breath for 4 minutes and takes him out on the water.
It was touching watching the bond grow between Frosty and Jay. He became a father figure and protector to him. It brings tears to my eyes even to think about it.
I’ve never gone surfing and not sure I would because it looks scary. However, I love watching it. Chasing Mavericks made me want to visit California and watch real-life surfers in action. The waves were magnificent and huge! I’ve never seen anything like them. It’s a miracle that anyone ever survived Mavericks!
This movie will make you cry so bring tissues. It also piqued my interest so much that afterward I googled Jay Moriarity and discovered he was born the same year I was (1978). Though he passed away in 2001, his legacy lives on. He was a person who lived life to the fullest.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.