Full Movie: Discovering Mavericks – Jay Moriarity, Mark Foo, Peter Mel[HD]


In 1975, in the small town of
Half Moon Bay, California a lone surfer was poised on the beach
between the forested coastline and the deserted ocean,
about to make surf history. Jeff Clark dropped his surfboard
into the ice cold water and paddled toward the spot known
as Mavericks for the very first time A place surrounded by myth
and speculation. Some denied the existence
of Mavericks altogether. Big waves weren’t believed
to exist outside of Hawaii, while those who saw them were
certain the waves were too dangerous for
any human to surf. But all that was about to change. Half Moon Bay’s surf pioneer
would eventually shift the world’s spotlight to the phenomenal
waves of Mavericks thus changing our understanding
of the California coastline and the course of surf history,
forever. Lives have been touched
and transformed here. In some cases they have been taken. The surf legends of Mavericks were
all called to this place for a reason. Curiosity.
Adventure. Ego. To know God. To be a part of nature.
Each surfer came out changed in different ways but it wasn’t
just the wave that changed them. Long after the feeling of riding
the waves had faded away, it was their friendships that
remained. Their memories of those they grew to know and love,
and those they lost along the way. Located just 25 miles south of
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Mavericks has been recognized
by the surf community as the ultimate wave, but it has
taken decades to achieve that title. Named in the early 1960s after
Maverick the dog who swam after his caretakers as
they tried to surf the area, the dog was safely rescued but, having only reached about
a quarter mile off shore, the surfers spotted the break
about two miles farther out and deemed the area too
dangerous to surf. Mavericks was left untouched
for over a decade until Jeff Clark moved to town.
Today, Mavericks is referred to as one of the most
awe-inspiring waves in the world. Hollywood just wrapped up
a twenty million dollar movie about the young Mavericks surfer,
Jay Moriarity, whose genuine enthusiasm for life and riding
the waves of Mavericks was unparalleled in his time. Key day of filming in the surfing
movie “Of Men and Mavericks” The Jay Moriarity Story Honored to be a part of it in any
small way to help recognize what Mavericks is all
about. What Jay was all about Hopefully gromits and grandkids
will see what it was like during this period in time. We were
representing sort of the original guard of guys surfing
Mavericks, the Mavericks pioneers so we were kind of a blend of
like Richard Schmidt, Vince Collier, Jeff Clark, Tom Powers, Charlie
Heitman. All the guys that were the first guys surfing up there. Many local surfers have been
used as extras in the film. Today was their big day. One thousand strong, these
local surfers hit the ocean hit the the ocean near Pleasure Point. I see the whole community coming
together in Jay’s name and this is perfect. Mixed in among the maze of boards
and colorful wetsuits, is Jay’s widow, Kim. She thanked
the crowd for supporting her husband and asked them
to live their lives to the fullest, the way Jay did. I know Jay’s here looking over us.
His spirit lives on in each one of your smiles, your laughs, and
every time you treat each other good. And you guys be safe out there today
please have fun and live like Jay.
Thank You, Love You. I came across this story you know
and it’s a beautiful story it’s kind of inspiring. You know
this guy lived an incredible life. You read it,
you know, I want to want to be involved with that.
I always wanted to learn to surf so here I am, and I’m surfing now. While filming a scene one of
the lead actors, Gerard Butler, playing Jay’s neighbor and
surf mentor, almost drowned in the ferocious waves after
a two-wave hold down. Butler is not an experienced surfer
and had not surfed much prior to the filming
of the movie. You know, filmmakers were working
on a shot of Gerard Butler paddling out at the local
big wave spot with local surfer named Peter Mel when a round
of rogue wave caught them. These waves came out of nowhere
and I’m with three of the best surfers in the world and they’re
just going, “paddle Jay, paddle!” and I’m paddling on my board
this just, wave, spread across the skylight and it came and it
was about thirty feet high and I just dived in and it took me.
And I was under, and I’m thinking, you get to that stage where you’re
like, ‘ugh! I got to get out, I gotta get out’ and it ripped my
leash off so I knew, you know, there was nothing to pull me up,
I’m just tumbling tumbling tumbling tumbling tumbling, going going,
and I’m thinking, I need to get up, I need to get up, and then I felt
the next wave go and it all started all over again and I’m like –
Oh my God. Wow. When he made it to the surface,
he was rescued by seasoned Mavericks surfers Peter Mel and Zack Warmhout.
Butler spent the night in the hospital but recovered quickly
and although shaken by the experience, was relatively unharmed. True story of Mavericks is,
way heavier than any Hollywood movie could imagine,
and it’s a really critical story that will be told. Another event shining the
spotlight on Mavericks the Mavericks surf contest held
annually, conditions permitting in the winter’s
biggest surf. Riding the giant waves of Mavericks
can be dangerous even for the most talented of surfers, right? But
today, the monster waves proved just as dangerous for people there just
to watch. Take a look at this. At least three huge waves washed
onshore knocking dozens of people down and sending others
running for safety. In a shocking moment in surf contest
history, a rogue wave wiped out the contest’s scaffolding, tossing
several alarmed spectators into the sea. This only added to the
notoriety of Mavericks. Today, the performance level of big
wave surfing has never been higher. Professional athletes who make their
living surfing big waves focus their attention on Mavericks every time it
breaks, pushing boundaries and bringing an upcoming generation of
surfers to new heights. Surfers like Grant Twiggy Baker,
Mark Heeley, Nathan Fletcher, and Shane Dorian are dramatically
influencing the sport. There are unique geographical
reasons why the wave at Mavericks is so thrilling, deadly, and
unlike any other. These huge storms, they either
come off Japan or Alaska, and they generate so much speed and and
they’re coming from deep water and then they hit Pillar Point, which
goes up to like a twenty foot shelf – twenty foot deep from
like hundreds of feet deep. from like hundreds of feet deep.
So a lot of the water just comes out of the deep water
and just hits that one spot and it’s just this big perfect
double up, and, the swells hit so perfect there. You know, every
single swell, it picks up something up, you know, so it’s just
a special place. It sits on a very deep channel
and any time you ever have big waves in the world generally off the coast
it has a really deep canyon in the water and so what that does is it
focuses swell onto a shallow reef and then that’s what makes it so
special too is that it doesn’t take any of the energy. If you were to
have if you were to go just north of Mavericks, there’s a really flat
bed that goes just into San Francisco and it’s kind of shallow, and there’s not really any
big waves north of there. But as soon as you get off that
shelf and it comes into Mavericks it’s like
there’s a fault that runs off right there so there’s this big deep
crevice that runs off there. The other part that’s unique
about the wave is the way the reef is shaped. So the swells
come in from the northwest and it hits the shallow reef and it jumps
up but they’ve got these deep, rutted fingers that run off so the
wave will lift and lift and lift. But it’s in the Red Triangle,
which means that the Red Triangle is one of the hot spots on the
planet for Great White sharks. Great White sharks are protected
in the marine sanctuary at Mavericks and the population has
exploded in recent years. In 1991 there’s shark attacks a mile
above it and a mile below it, brutal ones. One of ‘em was a guy I don’t
know but his name was Eric Larson from over the hill, basically he,
basically almost bought the farm. I think he ended up with about
four hundred stitches. And then another friend of mine, John Ferrara
got hit at a reef that you hike into and basically there’s you know
only a handful of guys out about five guys and he’s paddling
out with two of his friends and got hit so that’s way on my radar
way more on my radar. On the inside, and when, if you wipe
out, like, it happens super often, like almost every time you have a
session there you get blown through these rocks so you can go
through this cheese grater of rocks that water that just goes in and
spills into this lagoon so you’ve got rocks, sharks, massive amounts
of water-cold water too-and that’s another part of it I mean the water
in the wintertime ranges from 52 to 54 degrees so you’re wearing
all this rubber you’ve got booties and gloves and hoods and I mean
all that and you know Hawaii you get to wear just board shorts. It’s hard to fathom the idea of
surfing Mavericks by yourself, but for over a decade,
that is just what Jeff Clark did. Jeff Clark’s pretty gnarly I mean
straight up, he’s gnarly. I mean the guy has been surfing
out there for so long and to even contemplate surfing
out there by yourself for one session, let alone a decade plus. Grow up in Half Moon Bay you know
with so with the ocean as my playground. My family moved
here in ’66 and to grow up in the ocean to, to see how quickly
the ocean can change how violent it is and how quickly a ripple
will pull you off shore and you, either learned how to deal with a rip
or you drowned. Blessed to have uh, have Mavericks
and have the natural pull the ocean had on me was amazing. I would
do almost anything to go surfing. From the very first time I paddled
out at Mavericks I jumped through the reef,
paddled through the reef to deep water and then paddled in from the north. Because we’d always looked at
Mavericks from the north side and it was this big, beautiful left. And that’s what I surfed. I surfed the left. And once it got so big or or the tide got so low you
couldn’t make the drop on the lefts they were
just you know pipelining it at forty feet, fifty feet,
and if the tide was too low it just displaced the
water just too quickly. The ocean is alive the ocean’s got no
conscience as well. It’s a special place and it
used to be a place I would go to be by myself. I do like being
by myself more than downtown city anytime. I got used to
being out in the ocean by myself and I knew how to take care
of myself out in the ocean and if I had to swim in I,
I wasn’t afraid of swimming in. I have swam in many times
from out there. Being in the ocean by yourself a half a mile
off shore you, you have to have a peace within yourself about
where you are I would have loved to have
had somebody out there in the water with me to share what an insane place we have to surf here. It’s a very special place and I
treat it with a great deal of respect You know everything,
you know all the hype and the this and the that
I surf Mavericks for fun. I think there’s always
something within us that you know surf big waves
that we want to push it to the next level and, you know Mavericks
will let you do that. If you get the right one
man, you are riding the biggest wave you’ve ever seen and, you know that is the
exciting and really fun part about Mavericks but if you’re
not in-tuned with it and you’re just bringing
the wrong attitude to the table it’ll light you up
if you try and force it. You can do more things in the ocean
if you learn to dance with it and listen to it its behavior and
be receptive to or be open to allow the impossible to happen and be free. I mean for me it’s freedom
when I’m in the ocean I feel like I’m you know twelve
years old kid playing in the water, for me it’s
the most free thing you know I always try to
treat it like that. Just turn me loose and let me free and you know if you’re
on a wave you’re flying. People just didn’t believe me it’s,
it’s like okay and I’d try and talk to them to
go and go and you know finally it’s like you know what? You don’t wanna go,
okay you don’t wanna go. I’m going. In the 1970s, there was
an actively growing surf scene in Santa Cruz, California,
a gritty surf town located fifty miles south
of Half Moon Bay. On days when the surf
conditions were just right Jeff would head to
Santa Cruz to surf describing the waves he
was riding at Mavericks to his fellow surfers. Jeff
eventually introduced a handful of his closest friends
from Santa Cruz to Mavericks but it wasn’t easy. Although first
met with skepticism a few Santa Cruz surfers finally
chose to venture to new territory, with Jeff as their leader.
One of the first to be introduced to Mavericks, Tom Powers.
Awe. Exhilaration. Fear. You know there’s so many,
so many different emotions that, that run through you and
especially a place like Mavericks evokes all those emotions.
You know I don’t know that I would be surfing a place
like Mavericks all by myself so my hats off to Jeff for doing
it all the years that he did. We didn’t even know what
we had. It was-our minds were blowing as far as,
we never realized anyting like that existed right in our back yard.
Fate you know, helped fate plays its part like i said
I could have very very been easily been born in Des Moines Iowa
and never been by the ocean my whole life and you know
hopefully I’d have a good life and be doing something fun
and gratifying and you know have a fulfilling life but,
but damn you know I couldn’t imagine, I couldn’t imagine
a life without surfing and the ocean and I’m grateful to
have the ocean right here you know as as my, as my temple so to
speak and what a wonderful wonderful flow of energy and,
and stoke you know it gives us and I call it my fountain of
youth man and you know I’m still super stoked at 57
I hope to be surfing, hope to be surfing until I’m, you know
until the day I die. we love surfing the big waves,
there’s a handful of us. My inspirations and mentors,
they’re really hard chargers. In the 1970s on the California
coast the popularity of surfing and surf culture was growing.
Santa Cruz was a town filled with innovators who were
pushing the boundaries of surf performance,
like Jack O’Neill. The ocean is alive and we’ve
got to take care of it. It belongs to all of us. I think surfing has been like
a therapy. I used to work downtown and get all screwed
up and come out and jump in the ocean, catch a wave
and everything’s, everything’s all right again. It was invigorating.
It wasn’t crowded and you came out of the
water and you, you knew you’d been in you had a good
feeling. We used to build fires on the beach,
you know a bunch of old guys hanging out. The up and coming Schmidt
brothers from Santa Cruz, California were at the top of their game. The up and coming Schmidt
brothers were passionate big wave surfers who would
travel all the way to Hawaii’s Waimea Bay on the north
shore of Oahu to surf. Unbeknownst to them as they
were traveling over 2,000 miles to Hawaii, Mavericks was
alive and pumping just an hour’s drive from their home
town, the exact type of wave they were seeking.
The ancient Hawaiians made Waimea Bay a holy place and today these
sacred waves ar worshipped by a handful of highly motivated
water men. In the spirit of aloha, the Hawaiians always greeted
the quiet Santa Cruz surfer Richard Schmidt with open arms.
They respected his surfing ability in navigating the big waves,
thus forging a bond between the surf communities of northern
California and Hawaii that has lasted even to this day. Big wave
surfing had its birth in Hawaii and historically Hawaiians
have always been considered the world’s best big wave riders.
And yet they all have one thing in common. These guys possess
more raw courage than any athlete on earth. Is it courage
or insanity that would entice these surfers to challenge these
waves? To win you must successfully ride the biggest
wave and put in the day’s gutsiest performance. That was a big wave,
that was no doubt about it. That was a big wave. Named after Eddie Aikau,
the Hawaiian lifeguard who lost his life trying to save
others, the event pays homage to the collective
courage and calmness in the face of danger that all big wave
riders are respected for. For Richard Schmidt, surfing
the Eddie was the biggest honor of his career. He placed third
overall in the contest. The year they had the Eddie
Aikau in really big surf was probably about the most
incredible day of surfing in my life just to be with that
elite group of surfers in those big, beautiful perfect
waves was incredible and the the skill level I mean there really
weren’t that many bad wipe outs I mean there were a couple
but for the most part people were just surfing so well out there.
And it was pretty much how you want Waimea to be you don’t
want it much bigger than that it was like as big as it
could handle and nice conditions. And it just I remember
surfing out there all day and just having this incredible
session. Uh, the one big perfect one I got where they gave me a
perfect score was just insane I remember seeing it cap way
on the outer reef that set and so I had about a minute to
prepare myself like “okay, this is this is a big wave,
if you want it, here it comes.” And I just put myself just in
the corner of the apex of the peak right in the apex I think I woulda
got pitched so I kinda just snuck in. No one ever dreamed a wave
in California could be as good a Waimea, but Richard Schmidt’s
brother Dave and Tom Powers were about to finally discover
Mavericks for the first time. Their first surf session would change
their lives, and the story of Mavericks, forever. Dave Schmidt and I were on our
way up to a pretty well known reef point break in northern
California a couple hundred miles north of San Francisco. Got a
couple days off of work and we’re cruising up, it was um happened
to be the day after Richie Schmidt got third in the Eddie
Akau. We’re on our way up and when we get to San Francisco,
pull over and check out Ocean Beach and it’s just absolutely macking.
The camaraderie and friendships you know that, that I forged
and you know I’m very grateful for. And I’m driving up the coast
and I look at the swell and I just go “wow it’s gigantic.” And I went
down to Ocean Beach and and there’s Tom Powers and
Dave Schmidt and, and Doc’s standing there also and you know we’re
looking at thirty foot walls of water. 20 to thirty foot walls
of water I mean huge close outs and Doc’s going “yeah, let’s,
let’s go out down at the other end I’m looking at this stuff and I’m
like, “really? These are close out man where are you gonna go?
How are you gonna get out?” And uh, and I said “You guys should
come with me. I’ll show you a wave that takes all this power
and makes a perfect peak out of it.” They looked at me like I was completely like
I was from Mars you know, completely out of
my mind and I go, “really, a wave you can
get out next to and approach and pick the
one you want and it’s and it’s a paddle out that
you can you don’t have to paddle
through waves like these twenty foot wall walled
out close-outs. And Dave’s going “really?
No way. Really?” I go “yeah, really,” and they just went “okay, we’ll, we’ll follow
you down there.” We check it from, from the
Rosta’s Cove side and you know up by the
radar installation you’re not really supposed
to be up there. You know there wasn’t a set
right so Dave’s like seeing waves break over
here “is that it? is that it? is that it?
is that it?” you know I wasn’t going to let on till,
till i saw an actual big wave break and
finally here comes a set and I go, “hey Dave,
see that peak out behind the point there?”
and he goes, “no way that’s Waimea.”
You know, you know you’re looking from
the north side, you see this big old plume
blow up and then he starts pacing back and forth and
I go “what’s going on?” and he goes “we’re going out there,” and he’s just pacing back and forth, he knows we’re going out there.
He was nervous, and, and but excited at the
same time and not you know like “let’s go check this out”
and you know there weren’t any twenty foot waves in
California so this will be easy Basically, we paddled out,
you know through the harbor, and around, I don’t know what
they call it is it Mushroom Rock or Sail Rock? To the first big one
and then, you know just the visuals you know
Dave and I are looking at each other as we’re
getting closer to the line up it’s a long ass paddle out you
know you’re looking at a good, you know a good fifteen solid minute
paddle out if not longer, and by the time we get around
the rock and you’re actually out there you know you’re paddling
over the small you know eight or ten foot waves.
Just the roar, the energy, just amazing I mean Dave and
I were looking at each other just completely dumbfounded
like, “are you kidding me?” You know, getting over, getting
over the ledge physically getting over the ledge,
you know having to paddle hard and go over it and
then also mentally getting over the ledge just to get yourself,
to get yourself to paddle into a wave like that really,
I don’t know what it is. For me it’s always been terrifying
surfing Mavericks but exhilarating it took me, oh God, an hour to
catch my first wave and the sensation of taking off on the
first wave at Mavericks, never experienced anything like that.
It felt like skiing because there was, I’d never had a sensation
where you’re going as far, traveling as far down on a wave
before hitting flats and turning. And I got a left, and, you know,
rode it, kicked out and paddled back out and across the bowl
to the right side where they were andmet ‘em out
at the peak and started asking ‘em “what do you
think?” and you know they’re like “where do you line up?”
and you know it’s always, I started figuring out my line-ups
for them and showing them where to sit and
it was big and the swell was growing growing and the tide was dropping
yet out into the line-up and, and I just spin and I go on this wave and,
and I make the drop and then I go over the double up and
the double up just it was glassy and it was huge I got going
so fast I hit a bump and my front foot bounced forward right so
I had the super-wide stance and I I needed to get a turn off and I
tried to turn with my foot way and there was no way so I went
down up and over broke my leash and uh, I had to start
swimming so I swim into the rocks and get right to Mushroom Rock
and the current’s just ripping through there and at that point
is when you know you do everything you can to find your board looking
into the rocks and, and I remember into the cove to see if it was in
there and looking south and not being able to see it anywhere
and I just paused for a minute you know, just said to myself,
you know “where’s my board?” you know just, I just let the spirit
guide me. I just started swimming the current south to open
ocean open water and south around the reef and after I swam I got into
deeper wate inside the break zone and then about a hundred yards away I saw my board floating over there and I remember Dave going,
“where ya been?” This was, this was groundbreaking. You know here I got a couple
guys out to surf Mavericks I’d been trying to get
somebody out there to surf with me for years. A whole new cast would be
joining Jeff Clark at Mavericks. This was just the start. When it got big and gnarly,
like that next winter, Vince, he’d be out there in the
pit with me and Rich and I remember one day
Vince wasn’t around but it was just Rich and I
in the bowl and it was heavy. A little offshore winds over twenty foot sets
rolling through Flea wasn’t up to it yet. Pete was just learning it, I
mean this was the early days. We kind of looked up to guys
Richard and Vince probably had, what is it probably
had like five or ten years on us you know so they were
that perfect next step up as far as who you looked at and you’re always looking at
the older guys especially if you’re from Santa Cruz that’s
how it works you know there’s a hierarchy and you look to those
are the guys who are getting the best waves. They’re the ones
who are going to get the waves in the lineup when
they’re surfing at the lane or up north at Scotts or
wherever they were going to be the ones that you looked at
and you looked at their styles and you took it into your, into what
you wanted to do for your surfing you know, they were,
they were the guys. A little bit of all those guys and then
applied it to our surfing and then now there’s a generation underneath
us doing the same thing you know Nat Young, to whoever, whatever
that’s how it worked. We all looked at each other, we used
each other as a group, as a peer group, to push each other
on a day to day basis. We looked at our hierarchy, like our mentors, the
drafting styles of the guys we looked up to, a guy like Vince
Collier and Richard Schmidt. Vince Collier was the brash, raw, kind of,
you know a very raw approach whereas Richard Schmidt
took a more relaxed and calculated effort, he was mapping it all out.
Whereas Vince just went out and and did it and that’s how Flea
did it. He went out and put himself and did it, you know, and I was just
kind of going, “yeah okay that’s where I think the spot’s going
to work so I’m going to go sit over here and I’m going to line this up
and like it took a little bit more of a calculated approach. Two
different styles. you know and then combine them and then you’d have a
pretty good big wave rider. I wasn’t really even expecting to
find waves like that in California you know and they were, you know
they told us oh there’s this huge huge wave come out north with us
and finally when I got there I was in such amazement I couldn’t believe
that we surfing these waves seeing these waves breaking, it was
the most radical thing I’ve ever seen They sound like thunder and they
fold in half and they, they spit like no other, like the biggest barrel
you’ll ever see you, could drive a huge bus through it and it just spits
just water out just boom boom! you’re just going what? It’s crazy
like Niagara Falls or something, the amount of water that’s moving
out there is just unbelievable it’s really cool to see nature in
its big fury like that you know after each storm to see nature and
where it actually comes out of the deep water and just folds in
half and releases all of that energy it’s a feeling you’ll never, you’ll never see anywhere else. Weather and Bouy Readings –
“Coudy with haze wind north at seven,
air pressure thirty point two one this report will be
updated around seven thirty am Flea’s as talented as anyone
when he rides big waves he gets respect because he charges
hard and When you’re talented and you catch alot of waves
and you charge and he gets a lot of respect because he’s a talented big wave rider. It’s just super exciting because,
it was a timing thing with me, Peter Mel, all of us young guys
that were surfing out really good timing because we
just found out about it when I was in my prime you know I was just
coming into my prime of just being physically
fit and stuff like that and psyched on surfing and with sponsors
and everything like that so it was it was such a great timing
thing and we were just hungry hungry, hungry to surf and
we surfed every day with each other and we just pushed each other
completely. If it’s two feet, we were doing airs and rotations
and if it was 25 feet we were pushing each other in the bowl.
And especially with Peter Mel. Me and Pete were
just like, we didn’t want to say it like “oh, we’re going against
each other out there,” but it was, it was apparent every single
session. We wanted to out do each each other and you know
sometimes he got denied, sometimes I got denied,
but it made it so much more he probably got me into more
waves than he can imagine he did because he was, he was, going on
waves before me and I was like, “fuck, I’m going to whip it and go,”
and pulling it off. It was a time that I cherish a lot
because, that was when I could really use a friend like Flea and he
could use me to push each other to limits that we
didn’t know existed we were at Mavericks especially
because we were on every swell and Skindog too and you know
all those guys were all there but like Flea and I at that point
we were going head to head and it was an exciting time and
he would catch a big one and I would want to get a bigger
one and then he would get a bigger one and then he would get a bigger
one and then oh he’d pull in and then oh he’s pulled in,
I’ve gotta pull in you know and it’s like we were getting photos
that way too and it was kind of it’s like we were getting photos that
way too and it was kind of it’s a a good way to feed the ego I
mean really if you look back on it that’s what it was we
were just ego-ing out but it’s had to do to ride those kinds of
waves. You really had to kind do to ride those kinds of waves.
You really kind of had to kind of have that self-confidence
in a lot of it and a lot of it was fed off of each other and the
energy that we gained off of that I cherish that a lot. Nowadays I’m
a different human than I used to be back then. But I look back
and it was a special time. It was 1994 and the glow of
Mavericks had reached the Hawaiian islands. More and more big wave
surfers were traveling to Half Moon Bay. It was only a matter
of time before tragedy would strike. A group of Hawaiians
led by Mark Foo were coming over to challenge Mavericks on oneof
the best swells in surfing history. The Mavericks surf community
was buzzing. Jeff Clark was like a proud father. At that time, the repercussions
of saying that we had twenty foot waves in California, if you said
that in Hawaii they would have laughed at you
but as you know now, things have changed and
now, you know, it’s obvious You can’t deny the obvious and Mavericks holds a candle to any wave in the world. The surf paparazzi were foaming
at the mouth to get pictures of the celebrities. This is footage
from that historic day, shot by surf that historic day, shot by surf
photographer Steven Spaulding. You know, I was out in the water
with Foo I go “so Mark what do you think?” And he goes, “I never thought
it was this good a wave.” And, um, he was really stoked
you know and I was so stokked because this
was the first time that, you know, they had, you know, Mark had come. To have Foo be stoked on
the surf spot and the and he got probably a handful
of waves and surfed them really well
and I think there, you know, he took the
red eye over here got a little, he was tired, exhausted, but the, the
rush of surfing a new wave like Mavericks and
how good it was and, you know you can amp up to meet the
challenge but then you you kind of conquer it a
little bit and you get comfortable. Big wave surfing went though
the roof. That’s really when Mavericks got put on the map,
that swell. Ended up getting this one
wave where I rode through the inside pulled up in the inside and then
Doug Action started shooting out of this one boat and I
ended up getting a picture that made the cover of Surfing
Magazine it was my first cover of Surfing Magazine so I walked out
of there getting barreled getting spit out of a barrel at
Mavericks it was, like, amazing. Driving home that afternoon
I actually saw Foo, like high-fived Foo, going “yeah it’s
so sick out here, insane, yeah,” and ended up driving home. I get
home and I get a call from Loya and Loya’s all, “dude.” Before anyone had died
you’re not, probably as cognizant into keeping tabs on your friends
and what they’re doing where they’re doing you know and
somebody’s chord could snap easily where they’d have to swim in
so that’s a tough thing and you know there’s a lot of water
moving and you’re out there in a huge playing field too
it’s like multiple football fields the whole zone from the inside
to the very outside so it would be very easy to lose track of
someone. And like you said it could could be for a pretty innocuous
reason I mean basically like a chord snapping and someone
having to do a long swim to get in so you know I could see how it
would be easy to miss someone out there and um, not having anyone die yet I think uh probably not as heightened
of a level of awareness you know as you would have
now you know, if someone now I think they’re keeping
a lot heavier or a lot better tabs on people that are getting drilled
and you know looking to see that they’re going to pop up in
the white water inside and you know that’s where, that’s where
a jet ski would come in real handy to come in and basically swoop
someone out before they get into the rocks. “You cannot believe it but
Mark Foo passed away.” and I’m like, “what? No way.” I mean Mark Foo was the guy
that basically did everything he surfed Todo Santos, he surfed
Waimea, he surfed the outer reefs, like, invincible. He was invincible and he had just been killed
by a wave at Mavericks. Like, just was devastating
I remember that night As soon as that happened,
that afternoon got kinda stormy weird and then all of a sudden,
you know, it just shut down. Rainy, the rest of the season
was done. So that week right there started
with the wipeout of Jay ended with Mark Foo’s death,
amazing week of surfing unfortunately had to have
the passing of Mark Foo but it also showed how crazy
and gnarly this wave was at Mavericks. So that’s how he
kind of lived and he was also a professional big wave rider and
he surfed at Waimea he was a competitor at the Eddie Aikau
event which is the elite big wave Quicksilver sponsors and it’s
in a memory of Eddie Aikau so he was a part of that he
was one of the guys who rode big waves and being
from Hawaii that’s what he did. he was one of the guys that actually
took big wave riding out of Hawaii he’d come to Todo Santos
which is an island off of Mexico that has big waves as well and
he’d come and he’d surf that all the time when the swells were
up so it was just second nature for for him to come and visit.
It was a pretty inconsistent swell. There was a set that came, Mark Foo
and Ken Bradshaw were paddling Mark actually had the in road
he was more towards the channel When he stood up the wave
kind of lurched and when I I was describing the way the
wave works it gets these big ruts in the wave so sometimes it
will lurch and it will back off and it will lurch again and that’s kind
of what happened is it lurched a little bit it wasn’t a real super
sized wave but it like kind of backed off for a second and that’s
what allowed Mark to get the in road and then it lifted again and
right when he stood up it lifted he kind of poked the nose of his
board when he was dropping it dug the nose of his board and
he fell kind of face first. And he fell he kind of went, “mmm.”
on his neck and everything could have knocked the air
out of his chest it was kind of an awkward kind of
landing, the wave wasn’t gigantic. The problem was was that that wave,
when he got it he lurched, hit got sucked over because every time
you get if you don’t penetrate you know sometimes you’ll penetrate
and you’ll get through the back but this one he didn’t penetrate
so he got sucked in the lip and you see him and he kind of goes
over the falls and what happens in that wave is that his
board breaks, he’s only got a little piece of his tail left, and, the way
the bottom is shaped out there they they have these kind of undertows
and you have these things called you know like I said
underwater full undertow so he got held down. He didn’t really have
a board to show him where up was because he only had this really teeny
piece of his tail left so he was held down and on the
next wave, which was a bigger wave was Brock Little and um Mike Parsons.
Mike Parsons was deeper Brock Little was a little bit further and they
take off on the same wave and they’re both too deep and the wave
breaks and it just blows them up and they both kind of get blown up.
Parsons, he eats it on that wave and when he’s underwater, he hits
somebody. He knows that he hits somebody and he,
guaranteed he hit Mark Foo. You felt him bumping under the wave? I felt him bump, I felt something
come up under me, you know when I came up after the
wipe-out it was him, he was still, he was still under.
He came up after the next wave I’m pretty sure. And then we were tangled
together just getting ping-ponged through the rocks. You never know,
if you fall a little bit, one way or another if it’s too
far that way or too far the next you never know. So. I don’t surf
Mavericks anymore I’ve moved on I have a kid now and that was
a really good time in my life I know how dangerous it is
you know and you gotta be totally totally at the top of your game
out there and I probably not at at the top of my game since I’m
forty, now I’m just enjoying surfing now, fun-sized waves. I surf big
waves still but I’ve definitely had my times at Mavericks where I really
thought that that was it you know um, my leash got
caught on the rocks and basically just thinking God just a couple
more waves and I’m gonna die. Just you got to pay attention
to everybody in the line up and make sure that you account
them one way or the other even if they’ve had a pretty normal
wipe which is what Foo’s looked like it didn’t look like a
super nasty wipe out but any wipeout at Mavericks can be your last. The next monumental shift
in surfing progression hit Mavericks with the speed
and power of a two-stroke engine. Surfers wanted to ride the biggest
waves of Mavericks. Waves that were too big to paddle into and were
going unridden. They harnessed the power of the jet ski and formed teams
to tow each other into the biggest waves ever ridden. Tow
surfing allowed them to go places on the wave that had never been
ridden before. But the tow era was short-lived. Due to Mavericks being
located in a marine sanctuary tow surfing was outlawed. I look back on it and it
was a special time. This historical session was one
of the last of its kind. You will never see this type of
surfing at Mavericks again. Tow surfing was something that
we had borrowed from a crew over in Maui. Laird, Dave Kalama,
the strap crew, they all were doing it already and we just took
what they were doing and brought brought it to Mavericks. Fear either stops you in
your tracks and you don’t go forward or it motivates you to go
to the next level and that’s pretty much
what it did for me. I’m not really afraid of anything. Those days the fun was just
amazing and if you’d go out there in the early mornings, but when
the winds were blowing offshore and you really couldn’t get into
the waves paddling and you’d ride these waves with these
shorter boards and I loved the fact you could kind of come
from behind it and backdoor it like because you had all this
speed that you’d carried you’d just slingshot your
way into the peak. Or from behind the peak
you’d kind of load up underneath underneath it and set it up
just like a wave at Stockton Avenue or something like these
little teeny waves that would just expand into this thirty-five
foot face. The neatest thing about tow
surfing is the fact that you get to ride this equipment that
you would never normally ride on big waves and we were able
to experiment and ride these boards that
were super short. A new breed of Mavericks surfer
was starting to evolve. A younger surfer, who was looking
up to his mentors and poised to make the next leap in surfing
progression. One of those surfers was Jay Moriarity. A lot of guys surf big waves with
eyes like this and fear. Jay would drop into these things
with the biggest smile on his face. As he’s taking this late drop his
eyes aren’t like this, he’s got the big smile. He loved it.
He probably loved it more than anybody. And I think ultimately
that’s what got him in trouble. He showed up in the line up
and he’s just this smiling, all teeth, starry-eyed, and you’re
kind of almost kind of in a way kind of like, “woah,
like, this kid’s so happy that, it kind of almost like turns me
off in a way you know and you’re like, how could
somebody be that happy and be so nice to everybody and
because that’s not how Santa Cruz was. Santa Cruz was
always guarded and tough guy ou know you didn’t, that’s how
I was brought up you didn’t, you weren’t, open arms to everybody.
I’ve learned a different way Jay had that at a early age
I’ve learned a lot from him. We paddled out at Pleasure Point
one day and the first peak was there and first peak at the
time during this year, this season first peak at Pleasure Point was real
who’s there who are you attitude. It was just the, you could cut the
atmosphere with a knife, the pressure with a knife. It was thick.
And I’d paddle out there and I hate that attitude.You
gotta be careful what they say careful what they do and
just a lot of barking it’s ready to explode. And all of a sudden
Jay’s paddling this way and I’m paddling this way and I’m just
making out and I said some sort of uncool statement loud. I looked
at Jay, and Jay looked at me, and I figured he’d go “oh, shhhh,”
kinda like this, just like keep it you know? And I had a big smiley
face and he turned around, and reciprocated, with something
equally as loud as, as obnoxious as, you know just a statement. You know,
“boy surfing is great, isn’t it? Aren’t we having fun out here?
It’s great to see everybody,” you know, something like this,
and he did too. And first the guys looked at me, then they looked
at Jay, and things just mellowed out But I was blown away that Jay,
as young as he was, and how much he thought of these guys,
who they were and everything, how he would say such a thing
to put himself in a place where they may dislike him or think
less of him. I was blown away he had the, the maturity to do that. He shows up at Mavericks
and he starts going off out there like he literally showed
up and had the boards and the confidence and went out there and
was in the bowl taking off One of his first sessions he,
he takes this huge wave. People cheering,
wave sounds Jeff Clark remembers his all-time
favorite tow session with Jay Moriarity. He shows up at the dock at the
launcher one day and he goes “what’s that?” and I go, “it’s
gonna be fun.” It’s as good as it gets.
Anything is possible ‘cause it was just gaping barrels. Jay and
I were doing no hands barrel riding completely gone, disappearing
and coming out the end, and he was one of the best surfers
to ever surf Mavericks. He was able to put me right in
the place where I needed to be I took off on this wave and,
I let go of the rope too soon, and I tried to hop over the ledge
and get down, I couldn’t get so I turn out of the wave and my
feet are stuck in the strap and I reach down to the
board and I fall over and tumble over and he comes driving in
and goes, “what are you doing?”
and he’s laughing and there’s a thirty foot wave
about ready to break on our head and he knows how long he
can just sit there and the wave’s standing up and throwing and he hasn’t even hit the throttle yet until he goes, “hey, hold on we
gotta go.” And I’m either on or I’m not and he’s, he’s out. Just calm in the face of what some people would think
is just terrifying fear. Jay’s passion for the ocean
translated into a new sport addiction: free diving. Here he
could not only be close to nature but also push the levels of his
personal training. Jay loved free diving because it increased his
connection with the underwater world.
Here, he could be at peace. Jay asked Tom Powers to
become his free diving mentor. He reached out to the, the elderly
state men you know like Frosty to say “hey I want to do
this can you, can you help show me the way?” Which is, is pretty cool.
I started taking Jay out on a regular basis. You know,
first time he ever got a lingcod. or halibut I was with him,
he was really really stoked kind of like me just as stoked on
spear fishing and free diving as as he was surfing Mavericks. You
know he got his first white sea bass actually the month before
he died. You know super, super super duper bummed you know
and then I felt a little bit of of responsibility for not having
the shallow water blackout talk and you basically, you know you
want to make sure you’re diving within your limits. Ultimately,
and none of us do this but we should, is diving with a buddy.
You know in a perfect world you’d be doing one up, one down while one
guy’s on the surface breathing up the other guy goes down but you
know what happens we end up spreading out looking for fish in
different areas and disconnecting. Never seen Jay snap on
anyone in the water you know and, and things get
heated sometimes you know for for whatever reason, right or
wrong but it happens and Jay had nothing
but a great attitude and good positive vibes you know making
sure that you know you’re not all by yourself. Jay was free diving in the
Maldives when he went missing. You know the Maldives is some
of the best diving in the world it’s the most clearest water in
the world so he was at this one dive spot and there was a
couple of other guys there too that were actually free diving and so
they could dive down to the bottom, it’s super deep, and then hang out
on the bottom and he was down there timing and he, he was
trying to hold his breath as long as he could. The error that he made
was the fact that he wasn’t with people and like well he was earlier
but they all had kind of left, and then he was there by himself
and he went for one last dive what happened was that he was
supposed to show up for dinner when he didn’t show up for dinner
there was a couple people were like “oh, when I saw him last
he was over there diving,” so they all ended up going to that spot
and then they saw his towel and his stuff and like they ended up
doing a full search and you know they went straight to the bottom
like they basically started diving for him and they found him at the
bottom. and he was sitting just in peace.
His watch was beeping, just “beep beep beep beep beep beep beep,”
you know and it was a couple hours later probably and he was just
sitting there, still as can be. But you know they call it a
shallow water dark blackout or basically what I think happens
is you get to a certain point when you hold your breath for so
long that it gets beautiful. At a certain point where you can
just it’s actually really nice to be there. And I think he just wanted
to stay there. And he did. I was going to meet you know
everybody up at the funeral home and I got there before
everybody and uh, they said, “who are you here to see?”
and I said, “Jay,” and he goes “oh I’ll bring him out for you.”
So I’m in the chapel, and there’s Jay. It was just him
and I in the and he was
there in front of me and I was on my knees
and I was praying and just I held onto his hand and just cried. Because it was going
to be the last time I’d I’ve ever met ever,
and I got to sit and be with one of the most favorite people I’ve ever met I got to say goodbye to him I guess the greatest thing
that I could do moving forward was try to remember
how Jay was and you know the example
he set at such an early age of kindness and joy and it seemed that
everywhere he went he left it a better place and if we could all do that this whole world would be
a better place wouldn’t it? I just couldn’t believe it.
There’s just no way that that could have happened to that guy.
Because that guy was one of the ones that trained
hard and ate well and took care of himself and did everything right.
How could, how could something like that happen to him?
It’s supposed to happen to the guys who don’t take care
of themselves and you know so, um, so I was in shock
um, and it was hard to believe, it really was hard to believe um
I had to, it really kinda sank in when we did the paddle out
for Jay I came back from the trip and they did a paddle out for him.
When there was 500 people I mean maybe even more I don’t even know
but like I’ve never seen a paddle out like that and still to
this day I’ve never seen a paddle out where the whole entire
community came out. Guys were paddling from the west side all
the way to the east side. That’s you know that’s a good
four mile five mile paddle like Flea and all his crew they all paddled
from the lane you know and just this huge gigantic circle and
that’s really when I was like wow, it’s true you know like he
did touch that many people. And he was gone. Which in hindsight
he really isn’t gone because we all now remember him for that
same smile that same starry blue eyes that same love of
passion for life that you know that’s that you can hold
onto that now. I can hold onto that. Forever. And in the end the wave
never changed. But the people did.

36 thoughts on “Full Movie: Discovering Mavericks – Jay Moriarity, Mark Foo, Peter Mel[HD]”

  1. No offense, but the whole "spiritual connection" to the ocean thing drives me nuts….for me, there's nothing better than a perfectly sunny day with 70 degrees a slight breeze and no humidity is perfect but I don't ever feel like it's because of a spiritual connection….it's just nature doing it's thing and I happen to be there for it.

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  3. The 'shelf' refereed to in the film is probably the dip slope of the San Gregorio-Palo Colorado Canyon Fault.

  4. Total respect to these insane surfers! True passion of being great to the sport you love and overcoming fear.

  5. What a great documentary! I was born in Half Moon Bay and have never surfed… My dad used to surf a lot and my friends surf and my dad's friends still surf. I will learn soon!

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  7. Thanks I see those guys trying to clean up and take care of their neighborhood and Jay was the start of looking at life from a better point not being your typical hard ass,I'm back in skateboarding after 37 years away from my favorite sport and I can relate to trying to stay positive around of mostly negative punky attitudes who are beyond help and just want to stay in their negative misery,oh well u can only lead by example….I learn a long time ago people only learn when they want to on their own most,it takes self motivation and then they hear the right words at that right second ok minute in time when they are ready to let the answer in.As the child of to teacher this is a stressful thing to swallow but it is how life is and how hard most people are to learn them new stuff…its sucks so you throw mud on the wall and some of it sticks….it hurts but it true but we try to stay positive what other choice do u have,not believe in good And progression.piece….thanks that was really neat…as Malcom Smith would say….thanks really I know u don't care..just kidding.

  8. I miss surfing ! It brought me out of deep deep depression catching that 1st wave, I love the ocean, and the respect you must give it! The ocean WILL humble you !

  9. Nothing that I've seen comes closer to the truth of that time than this production. Respect to the film makers. Respect to Jeff Clarke, as much a legend to the sport of surfing as any explorer to their respective disciplines, from Eric Shackleton to Neil Armstrong.

  10. I was really "Moved" by the way that Jay was remembered for his love of life and kindness to others. I lived in Oahu, Hawaii in late to mid 1960's early 1970's. I was in Fourth and Sixth grades. I was accepted very well by the locals and the "Aloha Spirit" showed me love. When I returned in 1978 when I was 18 years old, the "Aloha Spirit" had changed for the worse. There was a different Spirit in many of the people. What happened to the love, kindness and acceptance I remembered? I left Oahu in 1984 , as I didn't care for the "tough man" attitude that was manifesting.

  11. I moved from the Jersey Shore area in summer of 2008, where outside the Army id lived most of my life to Indiana. Gave up my career as an underwater welder and with it, surfing. My old man started me at 4, pushing me into waves on an old longboard back in 1986 and now I watch surf docs every day because since the age of 4 till 35, surfing was almost a daily activity for me. Now, I have nothing. No salt water for thousands of miles.

  12. With such powerful stories and images why do you need music constantly on top? What a distraction.

  13. 60's…so far away, so close. The past, memory. Beautiful years where anything was possible.Wherever everything had to 🌠dream about, to🌟 achieve 🌠

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