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Friday, June 21
4-7pm – Pre-reg Crow’s Nest Beach at Santa Cruz Harbor

Saturday, June 22
6am – Athlete check in
8am – Jay Ceremony
8:30 – Prone 12-mile
8:40 – SUP 12-mile
8:50 – 2-mile start
11am – Kids Race
1pm – Waterman Challenge
6pm – Crow’s Nest After Party and Awards

Seaway Inn | 831-471-9004
Ocean Pacific Lodge | 831-457-1234
Bay Front Inn | 831-423-8564
Dream Inn | 831-426-4330
Capitola Hotel | 831-476-1278

The Surftech Jay Race is a unique event offering prone and stand up paddlers the opportunity to honor and pay tribute to Jay Moriarity, an individual who affected countless lives with his positive attitude and fearless approach to big wave surfing.

Competitors will enjoy the charm of Capitola Village, the historic Redwoods & Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the natural beauty of the race course, and a memorable post race celebration at the Crow’s Nest restaurant.

Held annually in June, events include a 12-mile long course, 2-mile short course, Waterman Challenge and kids “Mini Jay Race.” These events benefit the local Junior Lifeguard programs providing scholarships and equipment.

Mr Pipeline to make Jay Race debut
Race organizers are excited to welcome the legendary Gerry Lopez to this year’s Jay Race! Gerry, whom many consider the most soulful surfer to ever walk on water, is an inspiring water athlete in his own right, racing in the annual Battle of the Paddle and Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge among other races.

“I’ve been meaning to come down for the Jay Race for quite a few years now but I just kept getting in my own way and never made it,” said Lopez. “So this year will be a first for me and the reason I’ve wanted to come is because this event always seems to be a lot of fun and good feelings. I’m not coming to race but simply to paddle in the race and have a good time.”

Gerry went on to say, “Jay Moriarity was an inspirational person who lived his life with Aloha before anything else and managed to accomplish quite a bit besides that especially in the field of big wave riding. I’m coming to Santa Cruz to be with Jay in spirit and with his family and friends to honor him in his event, the Jay Race.”

Waterman Challenge Junior Division
With the popularity of the Waterman Challenge, event organizers have added a Junior Men’s and Women’s division to allow athletes under 18 years old to compete against one another.

Quiksilver Waterman Challenge
The 2013 Surftech Jay Race will once again feature the Waterman Challenge! This action packed event begins with a 500m swim followed by a 1000m prone (12′ stock) paddleboard leg and finishes up with a 1500m SUP (12’6″ SUP) leg!
Junior Men’s & Women’s Divisions added for 2013!!!

The picturesque Jay Race long course will test an athletes endurance as they depart the shores of Capitola Beach and paddle outside the kelp beds, past the Santa Cruz Harbor and Beach Boardwalk. The Course takes a hard left turn at Steamer Lane and then out to meet the seals at the mile buoy. From there it’s a straight shot back to Capitola Beach to complete the 12-mile course.

2-mile short course For first timers or those who prefer a shorter “sprint style” race, the 2-Mile Short Course is a fun out-and-back race that takes athletes out to the edge of the kelp beds, in to the Capitola Wharf, back out to the kelp bed and back in to the finish at Capitola Beach.

KIDS RACES – “Mini Jay Racers”
Mini Jay Racers 12 and under will paddle a short course that’s close to shore. Kids will paddle the short water course followed by a run through the “A Day at the Beach” obstacle course collecting “Live Like Jay” bracelets along the way. The “Mini Jay Racer” who collects the most bracelets will be crowned the Mini Jay Race champ! Kids can turn in their bracelets and exchange them for raffle tickets!

Don’t miss the Surftech Jay Race After Party and Awards Banquet hosted by the Crow’s Nest! Located on the beach at the Santa Cruz Harbor, the Jay Race after party has become one of the favorite post race events of the year! Enjoy an incredible buffet of food and wash it down with beer, wine or soda all while listening to groovy live music!

Jay Race Mission
The over-all mission of the Surftech Jay Race is to encourage paddlers of all ages and genders to take to the water for friendly competition, camaraderie and to remember legendary Santa Cruz waterman Jay Moriarity. All of the proceeds from the Jay Race are donated to our local Junior Lifeguard organizations for scholarships and equipment.

For more info contact Duke Brouwer
Surftech | 2685 Mattison Lane | Santa Cruz | CA | 95062

Full press release here
13 Jun 2013