June 16 • Capitola, CA

Jay Race

Photo: Cathy Claesson

One of the most iconic paddleboard races in the world, the Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race is held in Capitola, CA 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 (JMF) to raise funds for Junior Lifeguard programs to purchase equipment and provide scholarships in Jay’s name as well as other ocean related beneficiaries.

This year the race takes place on Jay’s birthday, June 16!


About the Jay Moriarity Foundation

Jay Race

Founded in 2001 by Kim Moriarity, the Jay Moriarity Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization created in the spirit of her late husband and legendary big wave surfer,  Jay to positively affect our communities, our environment, and our children. We support worthy causes that directly benefit the environment, children and inspire everyone to “Live Like Jay”.

Core values and beliefs:

  • Children are our future and deserve love, support, and education. We strive to help families when they are in a storm through our Angel Warriors for Kids program.
  • Our environment is in need of help! Our global community is in dire need of education and awareness to enable and motivate everyone to make sustainable choices in their day-to-day lives.
  • There is more than enough negativity in the world. The world needs an army of positive people making a positive impact on their community and the environment every day.

“Don’t take anything for granted, because one minute it can be there and the next minute it can’t… and it happens so quick. When the negative stuff comes around, just let it go. It all leads to the positive as long as you keep a positive attitude …” — Jay Moriarity

Read about JMF founder Kim Moriarity Wildey in this ASJ article.