Chasing Mavericks [Blu-ray]
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DISCLAIMER: I lived in Santa Cruz 1987-1992. I do not pretend to be a surfer, because I am not one. I have, however, done a lot of body surfing and body boarding (boogie boarding) in Hawaii and Santa Cruz. Plus as a marine biologist I have spent considerable amounts of time near, in, and on the ocean. With that being said...
"Chasing Mavericks" is probably the best surfing movie I have ever seen. This biopic of young Jay Moriarity and his mentor Frosty Hesson delves into the psyche and spiritual basis of surfing better than any other surfing movie.
Gerard Butler turns in a stellar performance as the sage surfer who reluctantly agrees to train a teenager to surf one of the most dangerous waves in the world - Mavericks.
To "get" this movie you have to understand this wave.
Mavericks is surf break just north of Half Moon Bay, CA. It breaks only when the surge is big enough and comes from the right direction. Most offshore breaks occur over reefs that are 20 feet deep or less (e.g., Pipeline, on the north shore of Oahu), but the reef at Mavericks is twice that deep. This means that it takes a huge wave to break there.
In addition to the deep reef at Mavericks, there is an unusual underwater rock formation that helps big waves set up and break. There is a sloping ramp of rock that approaches the shallow water inshore. The water to the right and left of this ramp is deep. The shallower water slows a wave, makes it stand up, and then plunge over explosively. The deep water on either side keeps the focus of the wave in one location.
This combination of factors produces waves that can be 20-80' feet tall, and is one of the most dangerous places to surf in the world.Read more ›
March 4, 2013........Well it is a few months later and I finally received the Bluray! Absolute blown away with the photography, sound and extraordinary effort in making this movie. The Incredible extra features have made this movie even better than watching it the first time!
It's a great movie and it tells the story of real persons. The height and the incredible force of the ocean is beautiful if you're not in it. It was a great story and the actors were very real in their portrayals. (And yes I'm going to buy the DVD's and give some to my family.
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This is a really fun movie, even if you're not a surfer. It's not perfect, but definitely a good movie for the whole family. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great movie, if you haven't seen it yet,do, and you won't be disappointed. I have been there numerous times in real life so that makes it a bigger plusPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer