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by Ed Temperley on Thursday 16th February, 2012 279193 Views
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FIFTEEN foot at 15 seconds is the underside of the bubble, the magic number combination in big wave surfing which gets an event going. But not this day. One of the largest (and certainly the glassiest) days at Mavericks this season was about to dance to an alternative beat.
On the morning of Wednesday, February 8th there was under the cover of dark a greater stirring than normal for a big wave session. Peli cases were being loaded into boats in the wan early light for another day of filming Of Men and Mavericks, the life story of Jay Moriarity. Who for the uninitiated made the cover of Surfer at the age of 16 with a jaw-dropping Mavs wipeout and led a startlingly precocious existence before his untimely death freediving in the Maldives.
The North Pacific may not have delivered any records this year abut after a slow start it's rumbled along pretty steadily, delivering a series of XL swells to the West Coast of the States and the Hawaiian islands. A lot of these Mavericks swells have served a duel purpose, both as a canvas for your usual suspects to thread their coconut sized balls along the tightrope of success and ultimate failure, but also to partake in some aspect of the filming process of a major Hollywood feature.
"Most of the Mavericks crew are involved in the process one way or another and a lot of the Santa Cruz crew" Said Frank Quirarte, a gent running rescue and support at Mavericks, and stunt boat driver at Steamer Lane for the biopic.
"The movie has been an awesome stimulus for the entire coast from Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz. Both directly and indirectly." If you're envisioning queasy Tinseltown types bobbing around on the high seas and whimpering under the looming seas you'd be wrong.
"Most of them are experienced watermen and have experience at Mavericks." Says Frank "Brock Little is the stunt co-ordinator and Grant Washburn is the film consultant." © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Shane Dorian dropping into a bomb. He was getting his fair pick of waves in his usual indomitable fashion. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Never let it be said flippantly that Mavs eats surfers, for it sure does. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Skindog Collins drops into the bely of the beast having successfully scared away all NOAA education committees. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
To get that shot which looks effortless you need to put in the miles with the multiple angles. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Phillip Boston, the Second Unit Director's showreel includes Billabong Odyssey. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Director Curtiss Hanson has been keen on limting the CGI, getting everything as legitimate as possible.
Even to the extent of launching cameras over the edge to capture that authentic big wave wipeout footage in 60 fps. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Anthony Tashnick's been tasked with the role of a surfer double. He towed in with that hefty lump of gear ... no Go Pros here. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Mark Healey with another board cam. He was calling it the best conditions he's ever seen out there. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Derek Dunfee drops in deep under a peak of NPAC power. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Three ways up on a bomb. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Double pike into inverted rolly-polly. Classic maneuver. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Oahu's Kohl Christenson had also jetted over for the swell and latched onto this apartment block maw. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Matt Lopez, centred and poised, putting himself in with the best chance of pulling it off. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Derek Dunfee turn and time to burn. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Nic Lamb and Twiggy Baker willing to share. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Twiggy Baker and Kohl Christenson about to get a feather dusting. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
1/3: Shane Dorian headed over to here last minute with Mark Healy and pulled into this absolute bomb early on. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
2/3: Shane Dorian getting in the travel time. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
3/3: Shane Dorian arms open wide welcoming whatever comes next. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
They were also using a Huli Cat as filming platform and support vessel. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
Only issue with them being that they aren't quick like a ski or Zodiac.
The movie has really been searching and investing in the authentic big wave experience, but really there is only so close you want to get. © 2013 Frank Quirarte
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