Gerard Butler plays Jay Moriarty's mentor in "Mavericks"

February 12, 2011 | Surfing
Jay Moriarty: still with us everywhere | Photo: Frank Quirarte

"Mavericks" is the name of the surf movie that will tell the real life story of Jay Moriarity, the Santa Cruz surfing icon that tragically passed away in a diving accident, when he was only 22 years old.

Gerard Butler will play the role of surfer Rick "Frosty" Henson, Moriarity’s mentor. The surf movie will be directed Curtis Hanson, the man behind "L.A. Confidential" and "8 Mile".

"Mavericks" is the ultimate surfing biopic. Jay Moriarty was a great surfer and had a short but still fulfilled life by the sea and riding waves. Today, he is remembered every year when the big wave surf contest "The Jay at Mavericks" kicks off at Half Moon Bay.

The cast of "Mavericks" is not yet complete. Curtis Hanson is looking for a young actor to play the role of Jay Moriarity. Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor.

He studied law at the University of Glasgow and even became the president of the Law Society. Butler was inspired to try acting, after seeing a stage production of "Trainspotting", at the Edinburgh Festival.

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