Jay Moriarity (June 16, 1978 – June 15, 2001) was a surfer from Santa Cruz, California.
He was an accomplished surfer, waterman, and adventurer. As a surfer, he made his reputation surfing Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, California. At age 16, he was made internationally famous when his wipeout at Mavericks was caught on film and made the cover of Surfer magazine. Although a successful competitor, Jay is remembered as a soul surfer, winning many sportsmanship awards throughout his career.
Moriarity 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. After his death they had a memorial for him in the ocean where he had gone diving. Both his wife Kim and mentor, Frosty, attended.