Jay Moriarity Paddle Race This Weekend

Surftech/Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddle Race This Weekend

Santa Cruz, CA (June 23, 2011) – With summer in full swing, paddlers have been training hard for what will be one of the most competitive paddle events of the year. On June 25th, Surftech will crown its 10th Annual Jay Race champion in Capitola Beach, CA.

As preparation for the Molokai-2-Oahu race next month, eight-time M2O champion Kanesa Duncan Seraphin (Kauai, HI) will travel to California to compete in this Saturday’s race. “The Jay Race will be a great opportunity for me to race against a very competitive field leading up to the Molokai race” said Kanesa. Saturday’s competition will feature a diverse group of competitors. Many athletes who are known for their stand up paddling skills have chosen to race traditional paddleboards. We may be surprised to see just how competitive these normally upright paddlers will be racing in the traditional style!

The Jay Race brings well-known athletes from both inside and outside the paddleboard community compete for the coveted Jay Race title. One most notable athlete is IRONMAN champion, Chris Lieto (Danville, CA) who will be competing in this year’s race. “I’m looking forward to being a part of such a great competition. I may be at the top of my game in Ironman and use paddling as a great workout to keep my body strong, but these athletes are at a completely different level in what they do. I have lots of respect for these guys, and I am honored to be included in this community.” – Chris Lieto

Athletes to watch for will be four-time Jay Race winner, Gary Fortune (Los Angeles, CA), 2010 Jay Race winner Anthony Vela (Palos Verdes, CA), 2009 winner Craig Waltz (Santa Cruz, CA), 2010 Women’s winner, Maya Sprinsock (Santa Cruz, CA), 2010 Women’s SUP winner, Morgan Hoestery (Honolulu, HI), three-time Battle of the Paddle champ Candice Appleby (San Clemente, CA), 2010 UL SUP winner Tony Meuller (Santa Cruz, CA) and 2010 Stock SUP winner, Mike Vaughan (Santa Monica, CA).

Join ocean athletes from around the country as they glide through the pristine waters of the Monterey Bay for the 10th Annual Surftech Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race presented by Maui Jim. Set a goal, pull the trigger and sign up for the Jay Race to achieve it! If you’re more of a social paddler, no worries! Form a team and enter the Covewater SUP relay! Click HERE for a relay course overview.

Don’t rush off after the Covewater SUP Relay! Join your fellow competitors for the AWARDS CEREMONY and relive the days events at the Crow’s Nest Jay Race After Party! Party starts at 4pm with free food, beer/wine and entertainment by the Ashley Lloyd Situation provided by the Crow’s Nest Restaurant!

If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time! But, hurry because the entry fees go up June 25th and the races are filling up fast. Click HERE to register.

Event Schedule:

Thursday, June 23rd
6-7 pm – Covewater Pre-Jay Race Happy Hour with Candice Appleby and Anthony Vela. Pupus from Pono Hawaiian Grill and beverages will be served. No cost, and no rsvp necessary.

Friday, June 24th
4-7 pm – Pre-Registration at the Crows Nest (Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor).

Saturday, June 25th
5:30 am – Race-day registration & check-in for those pre-registered
8:00 am – Jay Moriarity Ceremony (featuring special guest speaker TBA)
8:30 am – Long Course paddleboard race start
8:40 am – Long Course SUP race start
8:50 am – Short Course race start
11:00 am – Kids Races
12:00 pm – Covewater SUP Relay race
3:00 pm – Crows Nest After Party, Crows Nest Restaurant, Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor