‘Chasing Mavericks’ Trailer Proves That Big Wave Riding Isn’t Just For Macho Jerks With a Death Wish

If you thought that the last scene in Kathryn Bigelow’s legendary bank-robbing-surfers movie Point Break was the coolest presentation of big wave riding that was ever going to be put on film…well, you were probably right. But just because it was the best word doesn’t mean it has to be the last word. So now we’ve got Chasing Mavericks, a Gerard Butler– and Jonny Weston-starring film that tells the true story of how surfing legend Jay Moriarty learned to ride a board on top of ridiculously big walls of water.

Like most true stories about an underdog chasing an impossible dream, Chasing Mavericks looks pretty cheesy. All of the standard tropes are there: the tenuous relationship with an initially gruff mentor, the training montage sequences, the budding romance with an energetic blonde. But, before you dismiss this movie outright and go watch The Karate Kid for the thousandth time, note that there are a couple reasons why you might want to give it a chance.

Not only does it star pretty boys like Butler and Weston, but it also offers up some pretty girls to ogle in Elizabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer, and Leven Rambin. And though the material seems pretty well-worn, it’s being brought to us by two ridiculously talented and experienced co-directors in Michael Apted (Stardust) and Curtis Hanson (Losin’ It), so you know it’s got to be competently put together.

Come on, admit it, everyone loves a good underdog story. At least give the trailer a chance and see what you think (just try not to be annoyed by their creation of the Twitter hashtag #LiveLikeJay). Chasing Mavericks hits theaters on October 26. It’s got to go down, it’s got to be that way. [MTV]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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