Driving to Santa Cruz, paddleboard on car, nutrition all packed – ready to go. I got the text. Kim asked if I was still available to shoot the race. “Yes, of course” I said. The Jay Race is one of those iconic races in our sport where if you are asked to do something for it – you say “yes”. 16 years going, this event is a memorial event for the famed surfer, Jay Moriarity – the subject of the film, Chasing Mavericks and a hero to many a paddler and surfer.
I have shot this race for years with the Bark and Surftech teams, but this was the first time I have worked directly for the event. As always, the event was well run by the Jay crew and a host of volunteers handled all of the racers needs. I was lucky to chat with Kim Moriarity’s mom the night before the event at the West Marine pre-party.
She told me how people from all over the world write Kim about “living like Jay” and how that message has gone into the prisons, schools, and everywhere you can imagine. It made me think of the ripple effect we have on people. Jay’s presence was no ripple, it was a wave that continues to wash over the people that loved and cared about him. And for those of us who don’t know him, we get to feel him through his friends and family.
While shooting this one, I felt something really magical. I think it comes out in the footage. Dave from Santa Cruz Outrigger flew his drone AND still managed to race the SUP long distance race. This added an amazing touch to the overall vibe. All of this was shot on the trusty Panasonic GH3