16th Annual Jay Race Set for June 17, 2017

16th Annual Jay Race Set for June 17

16th Annual Jay Race Set for June 17

From the organizers of the Jay Race – details for this year’s event in Monterey!

The 16th Annual Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race is Northern California’s premiere paddleboard event. This one-day paddleboard competition is held on the picturesque Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in honor of legendary surfer and paddler, Jay Moriarity.

We gather to remember Jay and paddle our hearts out in his honor! All proceeds benefit the Jay Moriarity Foundation to raise funds for Angel Warriors for Kids, Junior Lifeguard Programs as well as other ocean related beneficiaries including Ocean of Hope. Participants receive a goodie bag, t-shirt, race jersey (long course only), Peet’s coffee, Clif Bars and other swag.

The “Jay Race” features a challenging 12-mile Long Course, 2-mile Short Course, Waterman Challenge, Kids “Mini Jay Race” obstacle course, family-friendly atmosphere, pre-registration party at Surftech SC and raffle featuring surfboards, Paddleboards, Wetsuits and more!

Long Course

12-mile Long Course includes male, female and juniors SUP and Prone competitors.

The Long Course takes competitors from the beach in Capitola out past Pleasure Point, the Santa Cruz Harbor and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to the Santa Cruz Wharf where you’ll make a left shoulder turn around a buoy and head out to the “Mile Buoy”. From the Mile Buoy you’ll head back to Capitola Beach to the finish.

Register for Long Course

Short Course 

2-mile Short Course includes both male, female, Juniors and groms SUP, Prone & longboard competitors.

Short Course takes competitors from the beach, out around a buoy set just outside the kelp beds, in to the Capitola Wharf, back out to the buoy and back to the beach. Lifeguards will be out on the course to ensure everyone’s safety.

Register for the Short Course

Waterman Challenge 

500m Swim/1000m SUP/1500m Stock Prone Paddleboard – all three events are combined to determine the top male and female over-all waterman!

Waterman Challenge Divisions:

Junior Mens & Womens 13-17

Mens & Womens 18-49
Mens & Womens 50+

Register for the Waterman Challenge

Kids “Mini Jay Race” Description

16th Annual Jay Race Set for June 17

The race course includes a short paddle around two buoys set just off of the beach followed by a wild beach run/obstacle course to make the races more fun.

Kids paddle around the course just a few yards from the beach. After the paddle course, competitors will run through the beach obstacle course while being squirted with “Super Soakers” then back out onto the water for another lap. Kids collect “Live Like Jay” wristbands every time they finish the obstacle course. Mini Jay Racers will receive one raffle ticket for every bracelet they collect! There will be plenty of Lifeguards on hand to keep everyone safe.

We will provide kids age 12 and under with “Nipper” or Soft paddleboards to use.



5:00pm – 9:00pm – Jay Race Kick-Off Party (TBA)


6:30am – Competitors check-in/regitration opens

8:00am – Jay Race Expo Open

8:00am – Opening Ceremony to honor Santa Cruz Waterman Jay Moriarity

8:30am – Long Course start (Paddleboard)

8:40am – Long Course start (SUP)

8:50am – Short Course start (Paddleboards, Longboards and SUPs)

11:00am – Kids “Mini Jay Race” start

12:00pm – HUGE Jay Race RAFFLE at Jay Moriarity Foundation booth

1:00pm – Waterman Challenge Junior Men and Women start

1:45pm – Waterman Challenge Womens Division start

2:30pm – Waterman Challenge Mens Division start

4:00pm – 16th Annual Jay Race Awards Ceremony

6:00pm – After Party at Britania Arms 110 Monterey Ave, Capitola

The Jay Moriarity Foundation 

Making a difference for 16 years

The Foundation was created in the spirit of legendary big wave surfer Jay Moriarity 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”

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