Chasing Mavericks Review

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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.

What a movie,  I really loved this and I'm not a surfing fan.  Yes it helps that Gerard Butler was in it to drool over but it was more than that.  It was the actual story of this boy.  An amazing tail of a child growing up without a father, a child who almost drown at a young age, of course when Frosty (Butler) came to the rescue and saved him it was the start of something that would change their lives forever.  This kid loved the water, counting the waves was his favorite hobby it seemed.  Frosty was a well guarded man who never let anyone get too close (a feeling I'm sure many of us know for many different reasons).  When Jay came to him about learning to surf the Mavericks at the age of 15, Frosty very abruptly says no and that was that.  Sometimes I wonder if men just aren't programmed to understand "FEELINGS" of others at all, yep, I do think that's the case.  It takes his wife to let him know what he needed to do and she did, and he did too!
I really enjoyed every minute of this movie, Jay found out who his true friends were, some the hard way.  He was a young man holding onto a childhood crush on a girl who "didn't want to be seen in public with him"  There was one scene of this movie where she is standing outside talking to other people and he nods at her, as if to say "hey" and she completely ignores it and looks away.  Happens too often in life, no wonder kids grow up not knowing what other people really think/feel about them.  
Getting back to the topic at hand here.  I think this is a fantastic story that everyone should watch, grown ups and children alike.  There is something to be learned from this one for sure.  If you want something bad enough, you need to train and work very hard to get it.  Things don't just "happen" you actually have to work at it, you have to strive to achieve your goals!

I was very sad at the end of the movie when the credits were running and you see that young Jay lost his life at the age of 22, and while there is never a good time to die young, he did get to live the life he dreamed of.... he got to surf, to marry his childhood love, and to have the inspiration of a great man.  Frosty promised his wife that he would not let the thrill of the wave take him away from his children, and he kept it!

I really hope that Jay's wife was able to find peace and that she remembers the lifelong love they had.  It's a very inspiring movie based on someone's real life adventure.  I highly recommend it.  Whether you're a fan of the surf or not, you will like this movie...
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~~I received the movie mentioned above for free for my written review of my honest opinion. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers~~

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