"Chasing Mavericks" Movie Review

by steve watts March 29, 2013

Chasing Mavericks movie review

Truth be told, when the movie trailer for “Chasing Mavericks” was released, I was far from eager to spend $12 to drop into a movie theater and watch it.  Guess I’m a bit jaded by major motion pictures in the past that have failed to capture the art/sport of surfing in its true form. Need I mention “Blue Crush” or “Soul Surfer”? Fast forward to February 26, 2013, the day “Chasing Mavericks” comes out on DVD, and my “corporate” surf movie mindset is forever shifted.  To check out more about Jay Moriarty, the surfer who the movie is made after, check out livelikejay.

It’s apparent that this movie was “made with the help of some of the biggest names in the surfing world.” I believe it was through these collaborative efforts that 20th Century Fox succeeded in communicating the feelings only a surfer would know.  The movie was more than just about big wave surfing, it’s about life transforming moments and creating a legacy. “Chasing Mavericks” is the “Karate Kid” of surfing.  In this instance, Frosty Hesson plays the part of Mr. Miyagi and Jay Moriarity is Danielson.

This is not just a movie you watch once and forget about.  It’s a movie that you add to your DVD collection and revisit time and time again. As the opening clip reminds us: “ We all came from the sea, but we are not of the sea. Children of the tides must return to it again and again.”

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steve watts
steve watts

Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left

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