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The Real Story: “Chasing Mavericks”

posted by Nell Minow

In “Chasing Mavericks,” Gerard Butler plays real-life surfing legend Richard “Frosty” Hesson, who was approached by kid named Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston) who wanted some guidance in becoming a better surfer.  They both wanted to surf the gigantic waves off the California coast that were called “mavericks.”  This movie is the story of their friendship and their passion for surfing.

Sadly, Moriairty was killed freediving at only 23 years old.  Here is a touching tribute.

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For more information, try Surfing Mavericks: The Unofficial Biography of Jay Moriarity, The Ultimate Guide to Surfing, co-written by Moriarity, and Hesson’s Making Mavericks: The Memoir of a Surfing Legend

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