Registration Open for 13th Annual Surftech Jay Race

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

Registration Open for Surftech Jay Race

The Surftech Jay Race is a unique event offering prone and standup 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, and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, as well as 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.

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Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

The Waterman Challenge

The 2014 Surftech Jay Race will once again feature the Waterman Challenge! This action packed event begins with a 500m swim followed by a 1500m prone (12′ stock) paddleboard leg and finishes with a 1000-meter paddle on SUP (12’6 SUP)!
Men’s and women’s age groups: 17 & under, 18-49 and 50+

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

12-Mile Long Course

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.

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

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. Kids can turn in their bracelets and exchange them for raffle tickets!

Jay Race After Party!

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!

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

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.

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