08/01/2012 08:24 pm ET Updated Aug 01, 2012

Chasing Mavericks: New Film Stars Northern California's Most Infamous Waves (VIDEO)

Picture Gerard Butler battling Northern California's most dangerous waves in an inspirational story about overcoming nature, and you'll understand why we're so excited for our famous phenomenon to hit the big screen.

Chasing Mavericks is based on the true story of NorCal surfing legend Jay Moriarty and his mentor Frosty Hesson (played by Butler). Moriarty enlists Hesson to train him to surf waves of mythic proportions: the legendary Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest on Earth.


While the gargantuan waves may seem fake in the trailer, the secret location of their existence is very real. Just north of Half Moon Bay, the area was made famous after Moriarty was photographed surfing there at age 16.

"One wrong turn, you're hitting the water like concrete at 50 miles an hour," Hesson tells Moriarty in the trailer.

In fact, Butler almost died himself while filming stunts for the movie.

The film is set to release October 26. In the meantime, watch the trailer above and below to see Bay Area surf at it's best: