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Event Info


Saturday, June 21, 2014 @ 8:00 AM


Capitola Beach


Pre-registration fees: 12 mile race $65.00, 2 mile race $30.00, Waterman Challenge $50.00, Kids races are free.

To register online go to PADDLEGURU

Online Registration Closing Date

Friday, June 20, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Brief Description

The 2014 Surftech Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race is an annual ocean paddleboard race in the beautiful waters of the Monterey Bay. This event is in memory of Santa Cruz Waterman Jay Moriarity.  Paddle the 12 mile Long Course or 2 mile Short Course, take the Waterman Challenge and bring the kids for free Kids Races for kids 12 and under.

Why should you do the Jay Race?

This is the 13th anniversary of the Jay Race! It keeps getting better every year! We gather to remember Jay Moriarity and paddle our hearts out in his honor! All proceeds will go to Santa Cruz County Junior Lifeguard Programs to purchase paddleboards and to provide scholarships in Jay’s name. Participants get a goodie bag, t-shirt, race jersey (long course only),Peet’s coffee, Clif Bars and other swag. Of course there is the challenging course, family-friendly atmosphere, and great custom trophies and raffle featuring surfboards, Paddleboards, Wetsuits and more!

Divisions for the 12 mile Long Course

Men: 12 mile Stock,  Fourteen & Unlimited paddleboards: 17 and under (STOCK CLASS ONLY), 18-49, and 50+
Women: Stock & Fourteen paddleboards: 17 and under (STOCK CLASS ONLY), 18-49, and 50+
Men SUP: 12’6″, Fourteen & Unlimited: 17 and under (12’6″ CLASS ONLY), 18-49, and 50+
Women SUP: 12’6″ & Fourteen: 17 and under (12’6″ CLASS ONLY), 18-49, and 50+
Surftech Jay Race Long Course


Men and Women: 10’6″Sprint, Stock & fourteen paddleboards, 12’6″ SUP, 14′ SUP, SUP surfboard and Longboard: 18-49, and 50+

Boys and Girls 12 & under: 11″ SUP, and Stock paddleboard

Boys and Girls Juniors (13-17 years): 12’6″ SUP, and Stock paddleboard


Surftech Jay Race Short Course

Swim, Stock Prone Paddleboard and SUP – all three events are combined to determine the top male and female over-all waterman!

Waterman Challenge Divisions: 13-17, 18-49, 50+

Waterman Challenge

Waterman Challenge Legs

KIDS “Mini Jay Race”
We will provide kids age 12 and under with Nipper or Soft paddleboards to use. Course and format will be new this year to make the races more fun for the kids. Mini Jay Racers paddle around three buoys set just a few yards off the beach. Kids collect “Live Like Jay” wristbands every time they pass a buoy. After the paddle course competitors will run through the beach obstacle course (provided by A Day at the Beach Events) then back out onto the water for another lap. This race will be timed and the mini athletes who collect the most bracelets are the Mini jay Race winners! There will be plenty of Lifeguards on hand to keep the kids safe.

“Mini Jay Race” Kids Course

Surftech Mini Jay Race course

Pre-Registration Party

Friday, June 20th from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Surftech Santa Cruz Headquarters – 2685 Mattison Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. You can still register for the race for a discounted price, review the course maps and talk story with your fellow competitors. This is a great time to meet other paddlers, discuss race tactics, and ponder the Monterey Bay currents. Food and beer available on a first come, first served basis! Food provided by PONO HAWAIIAN GRILL and beer provided by HEADLANDS BREWING CO.

Parking and restrooms

Plenty of parking is available in the Capitola Village parking lot above the venue. Be prepared to pay for parking. Restrooms are located at the race site.

Race Day Registration

5:30 am registration opens for both the 12 and 2 mile races.

Race Day Entry Fees on 6/21/14

12 mile long course is $80.00, 2 mile short course is $40.00, Waterman Challenge $60.00 and the kids races are free.

Jay Ceremony

8:00 am we will have a ceremony to honor the great Santa Cruz Waterman Jay Moriarity.

12 mile Long Course (Paddleboards)

8:30 am beach start

12 mile Long Course (Stand-ups)

8:40 am beach Start

2 mile Short Course

8:50 am beach start for all paddleboarders and stand-ups. It is an out-and-back course. There will be plenty of Lifeguards patrolling the course. The winds are usually calm and the swell small. This is a great course for beginners.


11:00 am Kids races will begin around 11:00 am. We will provide kids age 12 and under with Nipper or Soft paddleboards to use.


1:00 pm The Waterman Challenge will start at 1:00 pm after the kids “Mini Jay Race” is over.

After Race Gathering

6:00 pm Jay Race After-Party and Awards Ceremony at the Crows Nest!! Live music by Animo with free food, beer and wine provided for all competitors at the Jay Race after party on the beach behind the Crows Nest.

LIVE AUCTION – bring your check book to the after party and bid on an original painting of Jay Moriarity inspired by the iconic image of Jay at Mavericks taken by Vern Fisher as well as other great items including bicycles, a Jay Moriarity model longboard and more…

Restrictions for the 12 mile paddle.

If you are 15 years old or under, you must paddle the entire distance with another responsible adult (buddy paddle). However if you are 15 and under and have completed this race in the past, the race committee will decide if you can paddle solo.

All long course competitors must reach the Cowells buoy within an hour and a half after starting the race. If a competitor has not reached the Cowells buoy after an hour and a half, they will be redirected back along the first leg of the race course, back to the start. There will be no exceptions. If anyone does not comply with this rule they will be banned from racing any future Jay Races.

Additional Information

Live Like Jay!