Behind the scenes of "Chasing Mavericks"
Ken "Skindog" Collins
With multiple northwest swells throughout the filming of "Chasing Mavericks," this wave of Ken "Skindog" Collins stands as one of the seminal moments. Perfect light, huge wave, all quiet on the set.
After a two-wave hold down and several more waves on the head, star of the film Gerard Butler was boxed up and set off to Stanford Medical Center for observation. He finished the project, albeit with a stunt double.
A little different than making a typical surf movie.
Camera would go
No angle went undocumented last winter as the life and times of Jay Moriarity were brought to life via Hollywood magic.
Shane Dorian stole the show with this wave, which a lot of Maverick's regular consider to be one of the deepest and biggest tubes ever ridden at the famed Northern California big-wave spot.
Wearing a hood designed to be used with computer generated graphics, Greg Long's prize-winning smile was replaced with Jonny Weston's in the post production.
In a production fraught with near-drownings, huge waves and all that drama, this wave that caught the captain of the Hulicat off guard is one of the more memorable moments.
Jonny Weston took on a lot of responsibility playing somebody as charismatic, talented and full of life as Jay Moriarity. According to those that were close to Moriarity, Weston does a stellar job.
Bob Pearson of Pearson Arrow Surfboards was recruited to make working replica's of Jay's famous big-wave gun. All of the stunt doubles were armed with them to make sure they got the shots they were looking for.
For filmers of run-of-the-mill surf movies hiring a helicopter to get the shot is a mere novelty. It's standard fare for a film with a Hollywood production budget.
Like Spiderman scaling a building, Long naviagates the inside rocks at Maverick's with second-nature agility.
A quiet conversation out the back, about as real as surfing gets ... minus the camera and boom looming overhead.
Mark Healey, Mike Prickett
Mark Healey's one of the gnarliest watermen in the business, and up until a tragic diving accident in Tahiti paralyzed Mike Prickett from the waist down, he was one of the best water photographers. The surf community has rallied around Prickett.
Much like Moriarity, Anthony Tashnick practically grew up at Maverick's. He's been surfing there since he was a teenager, and with a camera rig in hand, he effortlessly makes yet another drop into the bowl.
Grant "Twiggy" Baker
Twiggy with his best Moriarity impression.