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Surfing tale gives taste of waves’ allure

Gerard Butler, left, and Jonny Weston star in the surfer movie “Chasing Mavericks,” based on a true story.
Gerard Butler, left, and Jonny Weston star in the surfer movie “Chasing Mavericks,” based on a true story.
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Watch any surfing documentary, from “Whipped!” to “Riding Giants,” and you’ll hear the dudes speak — in hushed tones — about the treacherous and epic waves that show up off the coast of Northern California when the conditions are just right. The Mavericks break is legendary, and for years was considered some sort of myth by those who surfed and had never seen it. “Chasing Mavericks” is about the days when that break was acknowledged ...


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