Fact based surfing film ‘Mavericks’ casting extras in Santa Cruz


Casting has been completed on this project.

The feature film “Mavericks”, which tells the true story of legendary Santa Cruz big-wave surfer Jay Moriarity, is casting extras throughout filming, which is taking place in Santa Cruz, CA. Numerous high school age roles will be cast as well as early 90’s surfer types and people with automobiles.

The film stars 22-year-old actor Jonny Weston, who is an accomplished surfer, as Jay Moriarity. Weston’s star is rising fast, as he has done five films and appeared in three television shows in this past year, his first as a professional actor. Gerard Butler is executive producing “Mavericks” and will also play Rick “Frosty” Hesson, the mentor who trained Moriarity for over a year and developed a close relationship with the surfer in the process.

“Mavericks” tells the story of Jay Moriarity’s rise from obscurity to the forefront of big wave surfing. Abandoned by his father at an early age, Jay finds a surrogate father, life coach, and true friend in Frosty Hesson, a veteran surfer who teaches Jay how to surf the Mavericks off the coast of Half Moon Bay, where crushing, huge waves spell danger to anyone who attempts to ride them. Through his relationship with Frosty, and his increasing expertise at surfing, Jay overcomes his own adolescent demons as he rides the crest to manhood.

Academy Award winner Curtis Hanson will direct “Mavericks” from a screenplay written by Brandon Hooper and Kario Salem. Hanson and Hooper will both also serve as producers on the film along with Jim Meenaghan. Michael Bostick and Amanda Morgan Palmer are producing for for Walden Media.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Mary Vernieu
Venus Kanani
Betty Mae Inc.
“Mavericks” Casting
13375 Beach Avenue
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Extras Casting

Santa Cruz:

Beau Bonneau Casting
84 1st Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
[email protected]

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Iron Cross Productions
500 Airport Blvd.
Suite 400
Burlingame, CA 94010

Relativity Media, LLC
8899 Beverly Blvd.
Suite 510
West Hollywood, CA 90048

Walden Media
1888 Century Park East
14th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Lakeshore Entertainment
9268 W. Third Street
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Deuce Three Productions
1041 N. Formosa Avenue
Santa Monica Building
Suite E
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Evil Twins
345 N. Maple Drive
Suite 375
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Gerard Butler
Alan Siegel
Brandon Hooper
James Meenaghan
Amanda Morgan Palmer
Curtis Hanson

Director: Curtis Hanson


Gerard Butler – Rick “Frosty” Hesson
Jonny Weston – Jay Moriarity


An adventurous thrill ride set in one of the most notorious big wave spots on the planet, Mavericks tells the true story of a courageous young surfer who trains with an old school master of the sport to reach heights that few men ever dare. Frosty, (Gerard Butler) a quiet, reclusive surfing guru, struggles to balance his addiction for the rush of riding waves with the responsibilities of raising a family. After reluctantly agreeing to train Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston), Frosty teaches the troubled boy everything about the “sport of kings.” Frosty’s grueling regime includes early wakeup calls, marathon paddling sessions, and crash courses on skills that mean the difference between life and death. Jay’s perseverance is tested daily. He trains rigorously while his life crumbles around him. His mother drinks and struggles to hold her job, a gang of rough surfers threatens him, and the girl of his dreams drifts away, but his relationship with Frosty helps him build the strength to face these problems the same way he braves the ocean. Frosty surprisingly gets just as much out of the training sessions, and his relationship with Jay helps him learn to become the father his own children have been missing. With Frosty’s guidance, Jay manages to keep his sights set on the insane goal of riding a wave the size of a five-story building… it’s a bit like preparing to snowboard down Mount Everest during an avalanche. When Jay finally paddles into the white water of Mavericks, all the preparation and training is dwarfed by the towering whitewater. Jay stands alone at the top of the wave, his life in his own hands. Frosty, the father he’s always been searching for, can only watch from the shore, full of pride and fear, praying for Jay’s survival.


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