In the late 1960s, Clay lived during junior high years in Escondido, California. While there, Clay and Kurt cut their teeth along the reefs and sandbars at Cardiff and Encinitas. They continued playing the waters of Santa Cruz when they move north during high school and college.
A windsurfer since 1980, Clay was the associate editor of Wind Surf magazine in California in the early 1980s under editor John Severson, founder of Surfer magazine and later under editor Drew Kampion.
Clay started his own magazine, California Boardsailor, which became Wind Tracks magazine in late 1984 in Santa Cruz. In 1989, he moved his family to the soon to be windsurf Mecca of Pistol River, Ore., and evolved his magazine to West Coast Windsurfing. He sold Wind Tracks to American Windsurfer in 2000 and then in 2007 he founded and published the world’s first standup paddling magazine, Standup Journal. Clay is married to Joyce Bilodeau, a nurse in Concord, New Hampshire. The couple lives in York, Maine and have three grown kids, Adam, Kira and Anna.