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Jay Moriarty the legend of surfing

In the twelve years that have passed since he first got up and rode a wave in the town of Santa Cruz, until his death, during free diving in the Maldives, Jay Moriarty managed to earn a great reputation in the world of surfing. Feats on the big waves and the ingenious skill of riding on longboards helped the athlete become famous. In his youth, Moriarty was an ordinary guy who was able to stand on a par with the best professional athletes. His charming smile and extraordinary modesty distinguished the guy. Rumors about him are still spreading and not only in California.

James Michael Moriarty hails from Georgia, then his family moved to Santa Cruz. Father, Doug, who served in the airborne troops. He began training to surf the young guy and instilled a love of adventure. Eleven-year-old Jay first stood on the board in the town of Sewer Peak. According to him, he rode without a wetsuit, in a T-shirt and shorts in icy, California water. His first wheelchair was on a 7’-foot Haut board.

The very next year, he participated in shortboard competitions, “NSSA”, in “Pleasure Point”. A twelve-year-old man managed to ride a wave that was twice his own height, thereby winning the competition. After that, he accidentally met an experienced local surfer, Rick Hesson, nicknamed “Frosty.” It was at this time that local surfers began to break into the California pearl Maverick’s. After much persuasion from the young Moriarty, the former swimmer and rescuer agreed to prepare Jay for the future conquest of the giant waves. Jay was determined to conquer the Maverick’s, but only after completing a mental and physical training program.

Jay Moriarity_2And in 1994, on December 19, a sixteen-year-old local pizzeria employee threw himself into what might be called the “most spectacular wipeout” that was filmed, it landed right on the cover of Surfer magazine. But thanks to intense training, the young surfer came ashore unscathed.

The glory did not change a simple guy, suddenly the whole world of surfing found out about a young surf lover. At the request of Moriarty’s main sponsor, O’Neill, he was able to join Wingnut and another big wave master, Richard Schmidt, who worked as instructors at O’Neill Surf Academy. They came with lectures to eight European countries every summer, to conduct briefings for fifty beginner surfers every week. Jay also showed mastery of self-mastery of physical fitness, specially jumping from the board into the abyss of the wave and not emerging for two minutes to show beginners what a person can achieve. Moriarty was fond of skydiving and motocross; he successfully completed more than 100 parachute jumps. At the beginning of the two thousandth year, he made a great impression on Jeff Clark.

Moriarty planned to become a firefighter in the future and graduated from EMT Cabrillo College, but never reached his goal. On one day of his twenty-third birthday, Jay died while doing free diving in the Maldives, near the Lohifushi Island hotel, where he was visiting for a photo session.

To say goodbye to the hero, “Pleasure Point” on June 26 brought hundreds of well-wishers who wanted to watch his wife, Kim, dispel the ashes of Jay over the ocean.

In the twelve years that have passed since he first got up and rode a wave in the town of Santa Cruz, until his death, during free diving in the Maldives, Jay Moriarty managed to earn a great reputation in the world of surfing. Feats on the big waves and the ingenious skill of riding on longboards helped the athlete become famous. In his youth, Moriarty was an ordinary guy who was able to stand on a par with the best professional athletes. His charming smile and extraordinary modesty distinguished the guy. Rumors about him are still spreading and not only in California.

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