Surftech Jay Moriarty Memorial Paddleboard Race runs with Roxy Women’s Paddleboard Challenge
On June 21st, 2008, Surftech will hold their annual Jay Moriarty Memorial Paddleboard Race presented by QuikSilverEdition. Held in Santa Cruz, California, the race course offers prone and standup paddlers alike a rigorous 12 mile paddle straight into the heart of the Monterey Bay.
In conjunction with the men’s event, Roxy returns to present the Roxy Women’s Paddleboard Challenge held simultaneously on the same 12 mile course. Known locally as “the Jay Race”, what started as a core local tribute to one of Santa Cruz’s most legendary watermen has become an internationally recognized event that draws top prone paddlers and standup paddlers from areas as far away as Florida, Hawaii and Australia.
Requiring a combination of paddle skill and ocean knowledge, Santa Cruz’s notorious open ocean offers an exhilarating course that for the previous four years has been dominated by legendary paddler Gary Fortune of Southern California. While Gary will return to defend his title, this year’s event is expected to draw the largest turnout ever, with an array of world class competitors looking to take away his title.
In anticipation of the turnout, the 2008 Jay Race is offering a prize purse for top prone paddle finishers in both the men’s and women’s event. Additionally, the top two overall men’s and women’s finishers and the top man and woman from Northern California will earn free entries into the QuikSilverEdition Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race to be held in Hawaii on July 27th.
The Jay race is a great event for paddlers of all levels and ages. For the recreational paddler, in addition to the 12 mile course there will be a series of shorter courses set up for recreational paddlers, broken up in a range of age groups. The Jay Race offers a great opportunity to celebrate a shared appreciation for paddling at all levels.