The movie isn't getting the best reviews, with one exception, everyone seems to agree the footage of the massive waves at Half Moon Bay, where the movie was filmed in 2010, are worth the price of admission.
If you're one of those who check out Chasing Mavericks this weekend and can't wait to try it for yourself, there are plenty of surf schools along the Northern California coast from which to choose.
A favorite of novice surfers is
University of Surf, located just a few miles north of Half Moon bay in Pacifica, CA. They believe "surfing is good for the soul" and show it in the variety of programs they offer. The surf school currently offers classes for everyone, from first timers to those who have been surfing their whole lives, starting at $100 (with own gear).
To book a lesson or learn more about the University of Surf, visit http://www.universityofsurfing.com/.