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Jay Race 2016: Quick Recap

Over the past weekend, the surfing and paddling community came together in Santa Cruz for the 15th annual Jay Race–a community paddleboard race that celebrates the life and legacy of late local surfing legend, Jay Moriarity.

After a massive paddle-out in Moriarity’s honor, SC locals decided they would start a paddle event to keep his memory alive. 15 years later, Jay’s Race is widely-regarded as a classic grassroots event that encompasses the true spirit of both paddling and Jay.

The winner in the men’s SUP division was Santa Cruz local Keith McConnaughay, who finished the course in one hour and 58 minutes. As for the women’s SUP division, it was 15-year-old Kali’a Alexiou who put on a dominate performance to win by over five minutes. The victory completed a full-circle experience for the teenager who had first competed in the event five years.