Half Moon Bay Well Represented at 'Chasing Mavericks' Premiere

Local luminaries attend the advance screening of 'Chasing Mavericks' Saturday; check out who was there. The film hits theaters everywhere on Oct. 26.

Saturday night some of Half Moon Bay’s most prominent residents attended the premiere of the new film "Chasing Mavericks" in Larkspur at the Lark Theater.

A screening of the film with actor Gerald Butler in the audience was followed by a fundraiser for the Dravet Syndrome Foundation, a volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated to raising research funds for Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy beginning in childhood.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company served their Mavericks Ale at the screening with all proceeds benefitting the Dravet Syndrome Foundation. Brewing Company owners, Lenny and Christine Mendonca, were there.

Half Moon Bay City Council member Marina Fraser, legendary Mavericks surfer and surfboard shaper Jeff Clark with wife Cassandra, owners of Mavericks Surf Shop, Tim and Mary Oldham, head of sales at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, and Half Moon Bay mayor Allan Alifano’s son, Mike, with wife Cortney Alifano of also attended the premiere, representing Half Moon Bay and Mavericks, a destination for some of the world's best big wave surfers and the setting in which "Chasing Mavericks" was filmed last year.

“Like Jeff Clark said, ‘Hollywood finally got a surf movie right,’” said Alifano.

"Chasing Mavericks" is about a young surfer, Jay Moriarty, who discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home so he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.

"Chasing Mavericks" (PG) opens Friday at AMC Van Ness 14 and AMC Metreon 16 in San Francisco.

To see a trailer, click here.

Are you planning to see "Chasing Mavericks" this weekend? Half Moon Bay Patch is looking for local people to review the movie. Let us know in the Comments section below if you are interested in sending in your film review of "Chasing Mavericks."

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