Watch the video to see how Jay Morietty inspired Chasing Mavericks

Life’s about how you perform when everything goes wrong.

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We all come from the sea, but we are not all of the sea. 

Jay Moriatty is young boy whose return to the sea is inevitable. His face alights with joy at the resounding boom of crashing waves. The very essence of a life lived to the fullest reminds us all to not forget to live every moment.

Chasing Mavericks has easily found its way to into my heart. It captures the reality of life, a series circumstantial and random events that leave victims (if victims they be) lurching, barely hanging on a sliver of hope for some good in their world. Jay Moriatty is one exception. His refusal to let his father’s abandonment and mother’s neglect drag him down, is not frivolous or laughable. It is a quiet light that is hidden by the walls of his heart, where no one and nothing can extinguish it. Unfortunately just as Jay discovers a love of surfing, and has convinced his “rent-a-dad”, Frosty, to train him to become a big wave rider, lady luck becomes even more determined to test his mettle. His best friend is dabbling into drugs, his childhood crush is embarrassed to be seen with him and his mother’s problems with alcoholism and money are slowing becoming his. But Jay Moriatty is not tempted or tainted by the dark side, he clings to his dream of riding the legendary “Loch Ness” that is Mavericks. Life is wild and unpredictable much like the sea, and every 30 metre drop will come at a price for both Frosty and Jay.

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This film was not just about the box office, it wasn’t even just a celebration of someone’s life. It was an artful production, coloured by the true story of Jay Moriatty and his fixation with the sea.

Chasing Mavericks was a project produced by (and starring) Gerard Butler, now I know that doesn’t have quite the same ring as Alfred Hitchcock or Steven Spielberg. But, after watching this, I felt that is was made with no small amount of passion, not in the directing nor the acting. Every scene was thoughtfully constructed, like when Jay attempts to reason with his drug-associating best friend, he ends the conversation by jumping from a cliff intoa soup of frothing waves and jagged rocks, finally popping up with his surfboard and catching an exhilarating ride that the audience can’t help but enjoy with him. Even so, throughout the movie there are stark reality checks that let us know this is no guaranteed happy ending story, but real life.

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