For generations, California has long been a surfer Mecca, but never seriously considered for its big waves. But in 1975, a Half Bay high school kid named Jeff Clark surfed a 20+ foot wave outside of Pillar Point Harbor, just south of San Francisco. His pioneering achievement single-handedly gave birth to the legend of Mavericks.
From that first successful documented conquest of those monster waves, the best and the bravest big wave surfers would come to Mavericks to tackle whatever Mother Nature would throw at them.
Discovering Mavericks captures the passion and dedication of surfers like Jeff Clark, Peter Mel, Flea, Shane Dorian, Nick Lamb, Zack Wormhout, Brock Little and Mike Parsons. And this film also honors the sacrifice of men like Mark Foo, Jay Moriarty and others who dared to take on the unforgiving waves at Mavericks.
This is their true story.
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This past Sunday, 43-years-old-big wave surfer Peter Mel nabbed his first victory in the Mavericks International. Mel, a Santa Cruz Native, has surfed the competition since the inaugural contest in 1999. The fabled break that creates monster waves off the California coast near Half Moon Bay had quiet beginning after Jeff Clark first started ridingits giant faces in the winter of 1975, but it has recently garnered a lot of attention. This past fall Twenty Century Fox released Chasing Mavericks, a blopic about the late surfer Jay Moriarity, with Gerard Butler starring as his mentor,Frosty Hesson.