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Moriarity, Jay


Cheerful big-wave rider and longboarder from Santa Cruz, California; introduced to the surf world in 1994 as the 16-year-old innocent who endured the most spectacular wipeout of the year; widely mourned following his untimely drowning in 2001, the day before his 23rd birthday. Moriarity was born (1978) in Augusta, Georgia, and began surfing at age nine, one year after moving with his family to Santa Cruz. A few years later, his interest in surfing Maverick's, the newly famous big-wave break j...