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Santa Cruz Surf Legend Jay Moriarty Portrayed in “Chasing Mavericks”

“Hey Emma,” you might ask, “is that your brother?” Wrong guess. It’s 23-year-old up-and-coming Hollywood movie star, Jonny Weston. Jonny costars in the film Chasing Mavericks with Gerard Butler (remember Leonidas in 300, The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera–that guy). In Chasing Mavericks, Butler plays surf mentor/father figure Frosty to Jonny, who plays the late Santa Cruz surfing legend Jay Moriarty. As most locals know, Jay Moriarty was an accomplished big wave surfer from Santa Cruz who made it big internationally when a photo of his wipeout at Mavericks landed the cover of Surfer Magazine in 1995 (Jay was 16). He died while free-diving in the Indian Ocean just before his 23rd birthday. Of course the weight of Jay’s history put Jonny under a magnifying glass.When asked what it was like playing Jay Moriarty, Jonny replied, “It was awesome at first. I was like, ‘hell yeah, I’m paying a real live character. When it started catching up with me, I realized how affected people were by this guy. I started freaking out–I mean freaking out. God bless Kim (Jay’s wife) for taking phone calls from me at 2 in the morning.” Jonny admitted, “I began to be terrified by the responsibility of it.” The approval of his performance from Kim Moriarty and the rest of Jay’s family was only the “second best thing” that he could have heard. “He’s the only person in the world that I would be satisfied to hear the opinion of” Jonny said. The entire interview with Jonny Weston will be aired on KZSC’s show, The Cruz Report on Tuesday, November 6 at 8 pm.

Photography by Kohar Minassian.

 

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Fall Fundraiser Finish Line Ahead!

Everyone at The Great 88 is crowing about the Fall On-Air Fundraiser. As you can see, we’re heading to the finish line with our beaks held high. Speaking of which, take a peek at the new KZSC RADIO ROOSTER SHIRT, in honor of our 45th year of broadcasting from UC Santa Cruz. Make a donation to support KZSC at 831-459-4036 or on our DONATE page and get one for your favorite rooster.

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Roller Derby Oct 27th

On Saturday, October 27th the Santa Cruz Derby Girls’ Boardwalk Bombshells will close out the league’s home season with a bout against SoCal Roller Derby at the Civic Auditorium.  This is the last chance to catch some action-packed roller derby this year. In proper Halloween tradition, the Girls expect attendees to come in costume. In addition to the Halloween festivities and roller derby action, a portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. Doors open at 5:45pm and the bout begins at 6:30pm.

For more info is available on their website,  SantaCruzDerbyGirls.org.

 

 

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This is Hard!

Our staff tried moving this last weekend at UC Santa Cruz…sorry if that was your car down below. But we wanted to make a point: if we all push together, we can move mountains. Right now The Great 88 is pushing through our Fall On-Air Fundraiser, raising awareness about the need to keep community radio alive and well with listener support.

We hope you want to help. You can DONATE HERE. And for those of you who do, You Rock!