Jay Moriarity (June 16, 1978 – June 15, 2001)
Jay Moriarity, a well known surfer from Santa Cruz, CA, died June 15, 2001 practicing breath holds in the Maldives, south of India. Jay was to turn 23 the next day. He was known for his fun spirit and love for the water. At the age of 16 Jay began surfing the Mavericks, a big wave break off of Half Moon Bay, CA. He first became famous when he was placed on the cover of Surfer Magazine for conquering a huge wipe out while surfing the Mavericks. Jay was sponsored by O’Neill and was doing a photo shoot for O’Neill at the time he passed away. A recent movie, Chasing Mavericks, was created in honor of Jay and his life. He was a one of a kind person and enjoyed life to its fullest. Jay is survived by his wife, Kim Moriarity. Kim has established the Jay Moriarity Foundation and puts on the Jay Race each June to raise money for the local Junior Guards and to honor her amazing husband.