12th Annual Surftech Jay Moriarity Race Results
June 26, 2013 (Santa Cruz, CA) Award winning freelance photographer, swimmer, surfer, husband, and father Don Miralle (Encinitas, CA) now owns the distinction of being undefeated at the Surftech Jay Race. Miralle has competed in the Jay Race twice, 2012 and 2013 and has walked away with prone paddleboard victories both times!
“As always the Jay Race is a true test of paddleboarding skills and the 12th Annual didn’t disappoint serving up a myriad of conditions for the competitors (including fog!),” said Miralle. “It’s always humbling to see all the big names who have attended the Jay Race, and to win this year was an honor and much more challenging than last year with about 100 more participants, a stacked field and mixed up conditions on return leg.”
Men’s Overall Prone
Don Miralle, 38, Encinitas, CA – 1:51:56
George Plsek, 44, Solana Beach, CA – 1:52:32
Aaron McKinnon, 23, Capitola, CA – 1:53:37
Roch Frey, 46, Encinitas, CA – 1:55:24
Anthony Vela, 39, San Clemente, CA – 1:58:11
Jarrett Winter, 44, Capitola, CA – 2:03:09
Becker Goes Wire-to-Wire to win SUP Division
Matt Becker (Santa Barbara, CA) hit the water at the start of the SUP Division of the Jay Race and never looked back. For Becker Santa Cruz is his home away from home. When big Northwest swells begin to light up the reef at Mavericks, Becker sets up camp in Santa Cruz to make sure he doesn’t miss a single day at the infamous big wave break. Matt has previously won both the Surftech Shootout SUP Surf event at Steamer Lane and the Surf & Sand Duel SUP Race at Main Beach. In the 2012 Jay Race, Becker had to settle for second place behind a very in form Jamie Mitchell. On Saturday, Matt was elated to finally add a Jay Race victory to his list of accomplishments.
Men’s Overall SUP
Matt Becker, 18, Santa Barbara, CA – 1:56:42
Jimmy Spithill, 33, San Francisco, CA – 1:59:42
Jeramie Vaine, 33, Nevada City, CA – 2:03:15
Rand Carter, 49, Tahoe City, CA – 2:03:17
Joel Comer, 49, Marin, CA – 2:03:28
Seth Springer, 36, Malibu, CA – 2:03:32
Appleby Shines in Prone Division
Still recovering from hand surgery, Candice Appleby chose to once again compete in the Women’s Prone Class of the 12th Annual Surftech Jay Race. In 2011 she finished second to Prone Paddling legend, Kanesa Duncan-Seraphin and last year she paddled her 12’6″ Signature Bark SUP to victory in the Women’s SUP Class.
Women’s Overall Prone
Candice Appleby, 27, San Clemente, CA – 2:17:31
Cynthia Aguilar, 29, Surfside, FL – 2:23:10
Jo Ambrosi, 41, Torquay, Victoria AUS – 2:34:20
Sarah Stradtner, 45, Moorpark, CA – 2:36:46
Shannon Delaney, 45, San Diego, CA – 2:38:39
Selah Bartlett, 15, Santa Cruz, CA – 2:41:27
Brit Oliphant Secures Women’s SUP Victory
In March Brit Oliphant finished runner-up to Candice Appleby at the Surf and Sand Duel SUP Race just across town from the Jay Race. Last Saturday, Oliphant edged out a surging Jen Fuller to take out the Women’s SUP Division. “Winning the Jay Race was huge for me,” said Oliphant. “It was a culmination of my commitment and dedication to improving at the sport of stand up paddle racing. Above winning the race, the highlight of the event for me was spending time with Jay’s friends and family and celebrating his life through the sport we all love.”
Women’s Overall SUP
Brit Oliphant, 18, Paia, HI – 2:16:16
Jen Fuller, 50, Sausalito, CA – 2:17:23
Nina Oakley, 31, Reno, NV – 2:17:25
Alison Riddle, 27, Hermosa Beach, CA – 2:17:56
Kerstin Ouellet, 42, Encinitas, CA – 2:20:47
Kimberly Gomez, 34, Santa Cruz, CA – 2:22:06
Vela and Riddle Rise to the Waterman Challenge
Featuring the most competitive field to date, the 2013 Jay Race Waterman Challenge set out to prove just who the top over-all male and female water athletes were at this years event. With athletes of varying backgrounds ranging from Ironman champions, World Lifeguard Competition champions and Battle of the Paddle champions to fire fighters and Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Champions the field was as competitive as any event in the world!
On the Women’s side, Alison Riddle utilized her experience in competing in this style of event in lifeguard competitions to narrowly hold off an ultra aggressive Candice Appleby who over came a one minute deficit after the swim leg, to finish just four seconds behind Riddle.
Womens Waterman Challenge
Alison Riddle, 27, Hermosa Beach, CA – 21:04
Candice Appleby, 27, San Clemente, CA – 21:08
Kimberly Gomez, 34, Santa Cruz, CA – 21:25
Lucy Bell, 33, Sandringham, Victoria AUS – 22:13
Shannon Delaney, 45, San Diego, CA – 22:40
Marlayna McNeil, 47, Saratoga, CA – 23:35
Anthony Vela gradually improved upon a 23 second lead after the swim leg to fend off a late charge by George Plsek and Roch Frey to retain his Waterman Challenge title.
Mens Waterman Challenge
Anthony Vela, 39, San Clementa, CA – 19:14
George Plsek, 44, Solana Beach, CA – 19:54
Roch Frey, 46, Encinitas, CA – 19:56
Don Miralle, 38, Encinitas, CA – 20:12
Keith Meter, 42, San Clementa, CA – 20:51
Jarrett Winter, 44, Capitola, CA – 23:09
Junior Men and Women Make a Statement
The 2013 Surftech Jay Race featured a Junior Mens and Womens Division for the first time. “With more and more kids competing in the Jay Race Short Course the past few years, we decided it was time to add a Juniors Division to the Long Course and Waterman Challenge,” said Duke Brouwer co-race director.
While nervous parents pacing at the finish line awaiting their beloved children, it was Ben Coffey (Santa Cruz, CA) crossing the finish line first with a decisive Long Course victory in the over Kauwila Johsens (Santa Cruz, CA) and Dylan Delaney (San Diego, CA). Ben made it a clean sweep in the Junior Waterman Challenge by edging out Delaney by 33 seconds in the multi-event race.
Junior Mens Prone Long Course
Ben Coffey, 15, Santa Cruz, CA – 2:29:10
Kauwila Johsens, 16, Santa Cruz, CA – 2:37:55
Dylan Delaney, 13, San Diego, CA – 2:38:43
Junior Mens Waterman Challenge
Ben Coffey, 15, Santa Cruz, CA – 20:49
Dylan Delaney, 13, San Diego, CA – 21:22
Kauwila Johsens, 16, Santa Cruz, CA – 24:42
Young Kalia Alexiou (Santa Cruz, CA) trained for several weeks leading up to the Jay Race on the actual race course with her dad. The confidence and knowledge that she gained in training, had the 12-year old more than ready for her first attempt at the Long Course. Kalia used her course knowledge to win the Junior Women’s SUP division by more than four minutes over Bailey Rosen (Saint Petersburg, FL).
Junior Womens SUP Long Course
Kalia Alexiou, 12, Santa Cruz, CA – 2:36:08
Bailey Rosen, 17, Saint Petersburg, FL – 2:40:38
Selah Bartlett (Santa Cruz, CA) put in a very impressive performance in both the Long Course and Junior Waterman Challenge. Bartlett out paddled MacKenzie Deeter (Santa Cruz, CA) coming in ahead of her by over 20 minutes on the Long Course and finished the Junior Waterman Challenge 3:47 ahead of Mairin Torr (Santa Cruz, CA).
Junior Womens Prone Long Course
Selah Bartlett, 15, Santa Cruz, CA – 2:41:27
MacKenzie Deeter, 14, Santa Cruz, CA – 3:02:42
Junior Womens Waterman Challenge
Selah Bartlett, 15, Santa Cruz, CA – 24:29
Mairin Torr, 15, Santa Cruz, CA – 28:16
See the full Jay Race photo album here.