On Saturday June 23rd 2007, Surftech is presenting the 6th Annual Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race. The Jay Race is considered one of the premiere paddleboard races on the West Coast attracting the states best paddlers to compete in the challenging waters of the Monterey Bay. With the popularity of paddlboarding growing, this year’s race should prove to be even more exciting than last year’s, where Gary Fortune finished the 12 mile race just 32 seconds ahead of 2006 Catalina Classic winner Ryan Addison, with a time of 1:52:01.
The Jay Race is much more than just a race. Most notable is the 12-mile race course that starts and finishes at beautiful New Brighton State Beach in Aptos and loops through the kelp beds of the Monterey Bay. In addition to the 12 mile race, there will be a 2 mile short course and youth races for paddlers of all levels.
“While top paddlers are competing at the highest levels in the 12 mile course,” says Duke Brouwer, Surftech Marketing, “The 2 mile race is an opportunity for paddlers of all levels to compete. It’s about sharing the spirit and stoke that Jay shared with everyone.”
With this spirit in mind, many competitors partaking in the 12 mile race offer their boards to newer competitors to use in the shorter races. The 12 mile race starts at 8:30am, the other races begin mid day and the awards will be presented at around 2:00pm.
In support of paddling and holding true to their desire to support and promote women’s athletics, ROXY clothing has signed on as sponsor of the 1st Annual ROXY Women’s Paddleboard Challenge, held in conjunction with the Surftech Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race. “We’re so happy to support the women who are participating in this very special event,” said Randy Hild, SVP of Global Marketing at Roxy. “The power and strength required both mentally and physically is the ultimate show of athleticism and we’re looking forward to a great contest.” Roxy is offering a $500 prize purse for the top finishers in the Women’s Paddleboard Challenge.
Jay Moriarity was known for his stylish longboarding and fearless approach at Mavericks. Jay was one of the youngest ever to attempt the massive waves at the famed Northern California big wave break. To train for the winter season at Mavs, Jay would log endless miles on his paddleboard in the Monterey Bay. He passed away in a diving accident in June 2001 a day before his 23rd birthday. Last year, through race entry fees and raffle donations, more than $4,922 was raised to support the local Santa Cruz state, city and county Junior Lifeguard programs.
Dave King, local Jay Race volunteer and competitor returns each year: “This event is run every year in memory of Jay and the attitude and stoke that he approached each and every day with,” he said.
Head down to New Brighton Beach on Saturday, June 23rd to find out what it means to ‘Live like Jay’.