When Richard “Frosty” Hesson was first approached by a young Jay Moriarty in 1990, the skinny kid with a sparkle in his eye only wanted one thing from the icon: His help in becoming a better surfer. Hesson, one of the first to conquer the huge waves off northern California known as Mavericks, recognized that the kid “had a vision.” Jay quickly demonstrated a resolve that reminded Frosty of his younger self, pursuing his goal with a seriousness far beyond his years. His attitude and work ethic earned Frosty’s respect and, eventually, his friendship. Making Mavericks is the inspiring story of their father-son bond and of the challenges that made each of them who they were—surf legends, and the subject of the upcoming film Chasing Mavericks.
In Making Mavericks, Frosty talks about his turbulent youth spent under difficult circumstances, with parents who tried to find a positive way to handle a child with a passion for water and a disregard for his own safety. Throughout his life he developed principles to live by, principles that would become the core tenets of his teaching philosophy. Most significantly, Frosty talks about how one of his best students, Jay Moriarty, used his philosophy to become a surfing phenomenon, and whose life inspired the phrase, “Live like Jay.”
Affecting and poignant, Making Mavericks is a celebration of Hesson’s determination to live with joy and purpose, and his desire to help others do the same.
First 20 chapters are boring, last 5 or so are good. Not much at all about “Mavericks” story seems to be mostly around growing up as a kid.
I couldn’t get past the first 2 mins of listening to this book. I know it’s a fantastic read but the audiobook is horrid. I’ve listened to over 100 audiobooks and this is by far the worst.
The story of an amazing man, the love of the sea, and the kindness of a soul surfer. Frosty, Jay, Bob Pearson, all involved in this life show how to live life. I want this story to go on and be a part of Jays continuation of life. LIVE LIKE JAY.
I didn't like narrator. I would have preferred someone who spoke a bit faster and without the emphasis on the ending of Hawaii-ii But, the story and book was amazing. Very recommended.
I've wanted to read this for ages but don't get much time so this seemed like the perfect solution. Unfortunately the story teller is a really poor fit for the story and the high pitched 'ladies' and 'Childrens' impressions are so bad they're funny if they weren't so regular. Still it's a great story & its well written :)