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Chasing Mavericks Movie Quotes

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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. 

In "Chasing Mavericks," viewers are introduced to surfing legend Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) and young Jay Moriarty (Jonny Weston). Frosty's first encounter with Jay is when Frosty pulls Jay from the dangerous surf, saving his life. Years later, the two meet again after Jay, a promising and talented your surfer, enlists the help of Frosty to train him to surf Mavericks, the most dangerous wave in the country. Reluctantly, and on the advice of wife Brenda (Abigail Spencer), Frosty agrees and the two set off on a journey that brings them together with a common purpose.

What are the best "Chasing Mavericks" movie quotes? "Chasing Mavericks" is based on the true story of the late Jay Moriarty. Jay was an accomplished athlete in the surfing world including earning notoriety for his surfing of Mavericks. At only the age of 22, Jay died in what is believed to be a free-diving accident in the Indian Ocean on June 15, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Kim (portrayed by Leven Rambin in the film) and mother Kristy (portrayed by Elisabeth Shue in the movie).

Be sure to vote up your favorite lines from "Chasing Mavericks," and if inspirational sports movies aren't your thing, check out the best quotes from  "Sinister," "Argo," "Here Comes the Boom," "The Paperboy," and "Taken 2".

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    Conveyor Belt

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    Frosty: "So you made it all of 30 yards. If you want to get out there, you have to make it through half a mile of this, just to get in position to Mavericks. So you've got to conserve all the energy you've got. All right, now let's take a look at what you missed. Now for some reason, you decided to paddle straight out into that mess. Now, take a look at the rocks over there. See what's happening with the current?"

    Jay: "It's got nowhere to go."

    Frosty: "Nowhere to go but where?"

    Jay: "Back out"

    Frosty: "Back out, exactly. To a waterman, it's a conveyor belt."

    As Frosty teaches Jay, learning to surf Mavericks is more than having the skill and training, it's about learning how to do things smarter not harder. This trick, one of many he shares with his pupil, allows for an easier route out to the Mavericks meaning more energy for the actual waves.
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    Four Minutes

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    Frosty: "If you want to get out there you got to forget about the pain. A wave like Mavericks will hold you down for minutes at a time. If you can't hold your breath for at least four minutes then you may as well not even paddle out."

    In training Jay for surfing Mavericks, he explains that one part of the task is being able to hold your breath for a long time, at least four minutes, so if the need arises, you're ready.
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    Jay: "You ever see something and you think that's the reason you are put on this earth?"

    Kim: "What are you talking about?"

    Jay: "The biggest wave in the world, Mavericks, it's real."

    Speaking to love interest Kim, Jay discusses how he feels that it's his destiny to surf the dangerous Mavericks, the biggest wave in the world. But having the drive to do something is only part of the task. Having the skill and training to survive is another story.
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    How Is Your Father?

    Frosty: "How is your father?"

    Jay: "He wrote me a letter a few years back."

    Frosty: "What did it say?"

    Jay: "I don't know. I never opened it."

    Jay clearly does not have a great relationship with his father and in fact has not even opened a letter sent from his father. This opens a space in Jay's life for Frosty to be that role model, that teacher that Jay needs.
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