|Birth: ||Jun. 16, 1978|
|Death: ||Jun. 15, 2001|
North Central, Maldives
Born in Georgia in 1978, Moriarity and his family moved to Santa Cruz, California, soon after his birth. His mother Christy and father Doug was Green Beret parachutist and a surfer, who introduced his son to surfing when he was 9 years-old. He immediately took to surfing and quickly became a respected surfer in Santa Cruz. Not limited to either a shortboard or a longboard, he was known as a versatile surfer who appreciated all aspects of surfing. This appreciation was rooted in an overall love for the ocean, seen in his accomplishments as a swimmer, paddler, diver, and fisherman. Achieving success in surfing as a youngster, he became increasingly interested in surfing Mavericks, north of Santa Cruz in Half Moon Bay. After intense physical and mental training he began surfing Mavericks at 16 years of age, and soon became a respected regular in the line-up.
He died on June 15, 2001, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of the island Lohifushi in the Maldives, drowning in an apparent diving accident. In Lohifushi for an O'Neill photo shoot, he went free-diving with members of the Brazilian crew but was not seen after. Details of his death are uncertain but he was reported to have gone farther down the buoy rope than the others, practicing his breath holding and meditating on the ocean floor 45 feet below the surface. His body was recovered later that evening on the surface near the dive site.
In 2001, Moriarity co-authored a book with Chris Gallagher entitled, The Ultimate Guide to Surfing. A film, "Chasing Mavericks" directed by Curtis Hanson chronicling the life of Jay has an estimated release date of October 26, 2012. Jonny Weston played the roll of Jay.
The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational is an annual big wave surfing event, part of the Big Wave World Tour. Held at Mavericks, it is one of the most respected big wave contests in the world. The contest is held between the months of December–February, depending on conditions. By invitation-only, the contest attracts the famous big wave surfers from all over the world. Invitees are given 48 hours notice before the contest is held. Known as "The Jay," the event's name is inspired by the famous annual Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay, commonly known as "The Eddie." Moriarity also has an annual paddleboard race in his memory, the annual Jay Moriarity Paddle Race in Santa Cruz, from New Brighton Beach to Pleasure Point and back.
Chasing Mavericks Film Trailer Debuted At TransWorld SURF's Let's Surf Seriously World Premiere
The Original Frosty Hesson And Actor Jonny Weston presented the movie featured Trailer August 1, 2012 – Newport Beach, Ca – Lido Theatre
Chasing Mavericks Presented by FOX 2000 PICTURES AND WALDEN MEDIA is the inspirational true story of surfing phenom Jay Moriarity. When 15-year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to do the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing.
"Jays last wave in the physical world...
His Spirit is flying high like the colors ur Sky...
Forever Smiling... "You know I'm gonna Go!..."
It's All J!... - L.H.
Melekalikimaka! Hauoli Makahiki Hou!"
Jay is survived by his wife, Kimberely, his mother Christy, father Doug, sister and brother.
Note: THE WAY OF THE SURFER A story that continues onward. Jay personifies the phrase 'soul surfer'.
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Ashes were scattered at sea by his wife Kimberley at Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, California
Created by: Family Friend
Record added: Aug 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94831692
Thinking of you Jay. missing your spirit, since you left, it all went wrong at Mav's|
Added: Feb. 18, 2017
Added: Mar. 8, 2016
Jay’s story is what life is all about and watching the film Chasing Mavericks I found extremely touching, I have watched the film 5 times and I see something different every time. This is one person I would have liked to met, reminds me of when I his age...(Read more)|
Mike Morris, S Wales, UK.
Added: Nov. 9, 2015
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