Jay Moriarity is the first surfing legend of the 21st century. His life was abruptly cut short at the age of 22, but his legacy will inspire many generations to come. James Michael Moriarity was born on June 16, 1978, in Augusta, Georgia. His parents – Doug and Christy – moved to Santa Cruz, California, when Jay was still a baby. The grom started riding his first waves aged 9, at Sewer Peak.