Mavericks: dangerous, even for Hollywood stars

Gerard Butler, the actor that will play Jay Moriarty in the upcoming surf movie "Of Men and Mavericks", has survived a huge wave while filming at Mavericks.


Butler was rescued from the big surf, after being hit and taken down by a 15-foot wave. The Hollywood star was underwater for several minutes until a jet ski pulled him off the wave breaking zone.

Gerard Butler was taken to the Stanford Medical Center and, fortunately, he was not injured, just a little bit psychologically shocked. The man who is playing the life of Jay Moriarty had started a surf lessons in August and was taken to Mavericks to shoot parts of the surf movie.

The Scottish actor was not the only one taken down by the 15-foot wave. Pete Mel, Zach Wormhoudt and other surfers were caught by a bigger set while helping in the film. "It was probably the biggest set of the day," Wormhoudt told the San Jose Mercury News. "It was intense for myself and I’ve been through a lot out there."

Mavericks, one of the most dangerous surf spots in the world, has held Gerard Butler in trouble for two big waves. The last surfer to lose the life in the break was Sion Milosky.