The Jay Race
June 17, Capitola

Photo: Nelly

One of the most iconic paddleboard races in the world, the Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race is held in honor of one of big wave surfing’s favorite sons – the late Jay Moriarity. Jay was known as much for his fearless big wave surfing as he was for his positive and always friendly attitude. To stay in shape for the winter big wave season, Jay became an avid paddleboarder and could regularly be seen logging countless miles on his paddleboard on the beautiful waters of Monterey Bay.

Participants gather annually to remember Jay and paddle their hearts out in his honor. All proceeds benefit the Jay Moriarity Foundation to raise funds for Junior Lifeguard programs to purchase equipment and provide scholarships in Jay’s name as well as other ocean related beneficiaries.

Now an Olympic qualifier, the 2017 event celebrates its 16th year on the majestic Monterey Bay and features a challenging 12-mile long course, a two mile short course, Waterman Challenge, and kids’ obstacle course race in a family-friendly atmosphere. Also check out the pre-registration party, and raffle that includes surfboards, paddleboards, wetsuits and more.