Santa Cruz, CA , June 7, 2006 – Surftech is proud to announce that it has signed on as title sponsor of the “5th Annual Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race”.
“We were really honored to be asked to participate as the title sponsor of this event”, says Surftech G.M. John Griffith. “Jay Moriarity was a phenomenal all around waterman and his attitude, whether in or out of the water, was always really positive. We’re stoked to sponsor this event to remember Jay and to promote the great sport of paddleboarding.”
The 12-mile race course extends from New Brighton State Beach in Aptos to outside Pleasure Point, to the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, to the “Mile Buoy” a mile outside the SC wharf and back to New Brighton State Beach. Gary Fortune, a Malibu lifeguard, is the race’s defending overall champion, with a winning time of 1 hour, 52 minutes and 59 seconds in 2005. In addition to the 12 mile race, there will be a 2 mile Short Course, Youth Races and Stand-up Paddle Relay.
“The Santa Cruz Paddle Board Union is very excited to have Surftech as our title sponsor for 2006. Our partnership will ensure a great race to truly honor the spirit of the well-loved waterman, Jay Moriarity.” Gunnar Roll co-race director.
Jay Moriarity was known for his stylish longboarding and fearless approach at Mavericks. Jay was one of the youngest ever to attempt the massive waves at the famed Northern California big wave break. To train for the winter season at Mavs, Jay would log endless miles on his paddleboard in the Monterey Bay. He passed away in a diving accident in June 2001 a day before his 23rd birthday.
According to Phil Curtiss, a local paddleboarder and volunteer for the races, the event was in “memory of the man and the pathway he took through life. He had the kind of attitude we think is the right attitude to have in the water.”
Saturday June 24th 2006, paddleboarders will celebrate Jay’s love of paddling.
Last year, the races raised more than $600, a figure organizers hope next months event will top. All proceeds from the event will go to local Junior Lifeguard programs. The event raised money from racer entry fees for the 12-mile course, 2-mile course and several youth races.
Last year’s races began with a crowd of competitors gathered in front of Kimberly Moriarity, Jay’s wife, as she spoke in honor of her husband. “I love you guys,” she said above the crashes of the shorebreak. “Keep smiling and let all of the negative stuff go by.”