Making Mavericks by Frosty HessonWest Coast surfing legend Frosty Hesson shares his remarkable life story, the story of his extraordinary friendship with wunderkind Jay Moriarty, and his advice on how to be the best.
When Richard “Frosty” Hesson was first approached by a young Jay Moriarty in 1990, the skinny kid with a sparkle in his eye only wanted one thing from the icon: his help in becoming a better surfer. Hesson, one of the first to conquer the huge waves off northern California known as Mavericks, recognized that the kid “had a vision.” Jay quickly demonstrated a resolve that reminded Frosty of his younger self, pursuing his goal with a seriousness far beyond his years. His attitude and work ethic earned Frosty’s respect and, eventually, his friendship. Making Mavericks is the inspiring story of their father-son bond and of the challenges that made each of them who they were—surf legends, and the subject of the upcoming film Chasing Mavericks.
In Making Mavericks, Frosty talks about his turbulent youth spent under difficult circumstances, with parents who tried to find a positive way to handle a child with a passion for water and a disregard for his own safety. Throughout his life he developed principles to live by, principles that would become the core tenets of his teaching philosophy. Most significantly, Frosty talks about how one of his best students, Jay Moriarty, used his philosophy to become a surfing phenomenon, and whose life inspired the phrase, “Live like Jay.”
Affecting and poignant, Making Mavericks is a celebration of Hesson’s determination to live with joy and purpose, and his desire to help others do the same.
Chasing mavericks - Jays letter to Frosty
Turns out he and Jay live right next door to each other. Jump ahead seven years. Young Jay is a teenager now and fascinated by surfing. With waves cresting as high as 50 feet, impossibly strong currents, dangerous rocks, perilous shallow reefs, and freezing water temperatures, Mavericks is the be-all-end-all for surfers. Both Jay and Frosty are dealing with their own personal issues. Frosty, meanwhile, is still dealing with the baggage of losing both his parents early on. She understands his surfing obsession, but makes him promise to be careful, for the sake of the family.
Jay approached Frosty as a young surfer right. Inset: Actor Cooper Timberline as young Jay. In the Chasing Mavericks movie, a young Jay gets swept into the water after saving Kim's dog. Frosty then paddles over and rescues Jay. In real life, the rescue never happened.
Veteran surfer Frosty Gerard Butler trains a troubled teenager Jonny Weston to challenge a legendary monster wave in "Chasing Mavericks. Confidential," in the director's chair, until he reportedly became ill and was replaced by Michael Apted. I'm not sure which parts were handled by which director, but "Chasing Mavericks" comes off as a standard-issue biographical drama with all the familiar trappings of a surfing movie: spectacular footage of rolling waves accompanied by eardrum-bursting explosions of water hitting rocks, poetic waxings about the lure of the sea, and the romanticized hero worship of soul surfers. Kario Salem's screenplay fulfills all the conventional expectations of surfing dramas, supplemented by loads of domestic angst and a none-too-subtle subplot involving the detrimental effect that absentee fathers have on their sons. Moriarty became an international, unofficial ambassador of surfing at age 16 when a photographer snapped his spectacular wipeout at Mavericks and it made the cover of Surfer magazine.
Here are the best "Chasing Mavericks" quotes, telling the true story of one talented young surfer who seeks to fulfill his destiny of surfing some of the most dangerous waves in the world.
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