Chasing Mavericks is the true story about surfer Jay Moriarty and his battle against the world's largest waves. Fifteen years old, fatherless Jay Moriarty discovers that the world's largest wave, Maverick surf break, is located at Santa Cruz. Together with the living surf legend Frosty Hesson, who becomes a father figure, Moriarty decides to tame the wave with his board. But first, Hesson has to teach him everything he can to survive, and together they start something that's about much more than surfing. A film about crucial life choices. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times believes that the surfing scenes are scary and that the film as a whole is better and has been done with greater care and intelligence than many other films aimed at teenagers.