Hobie History: Mark Johnson Replicates One of Hobie Alter’s First Ten Boards

16. October 2012

In honor of Hobie Alter’s birthday celebration at The California Surf Museum on October 20th, Mark Johnson is replicating (well… as close as he can get, as the original’s rails were reshaped at some point in the boards history) one of the first ten boards Hobie ever shaped in his Laguna Beach front yard in 1950. The board will be sold the night of the Grand Opening of the Hobie: Shaping a Culture as part of an auction showcasing special reproduction surfboards shaped by premiere Hobie Shapers.

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The event is open to the public. Board models being auctioned include a Legacy shaped by Josh Martin, a Corky Carroll, Gary Propper, and Joyce Hoffman shaped by Gary Larson, a Phil Edwards shaped by Mark Johnson, a Munoz shaped by Mickey Munoz, a Pro Series Three shaped by Timmy Patterson and a few other surprises. What I think will be the star of the show, besides Mr Alter himself, will be the replica of the “One of Ten” board. The blank was made by Chuck Bassett, the shape is by Mark Johnson, Chuck did the fine sanding, and the board was glassed by Mike Moldanado at the Hobie Glass Factory.

The following is a behind the scenes look at the shaping of the replica “One of Ten” board. Enjoy, and we will see you Saturday night.

-Tracey Engelking

Categories: Surfboards | History |

Hobie Shaping a Culture Exhibit to open at California Surf Museum

2. October 2012

Hobie Alter’s Birthday Party
Join with the Hobie Family in celebration of Hobie Alter’s birthday. Alter himself hopes to make a rare public appearance for the event and the entire surf world is invited to attend this tribute to one of the true greats of our era.

Hobie: Shaping A Culture
A major retrospective on legendary surf
pioneer Hobie Alter showcasing his myriad
achievements as a seminal Renaissance
man in the surf culture. The exhibit
promises to be a special experience both
visually and emotionally.

Hobie Surfboard Auction to Benefit
the California Surf Museum

Hobie Surfboards has gone to their
premiere stable of shapers, both past and
present, to produce unique, one-of-a-kind
surfboards representing Hobie’s rich

Don’t miss this opportunity to share this
historical moment and support the
California Surf Museum. Tickets are
limited and this event will sell out.

Aloha Attire • Live Music
Food • Beer and Wine

$50 per person for CSM members
$75 per person for non-members
$1,000 VIP package for 8 people

includes reserved table area, unlimited drinks, gift, VIP recognition

Buy your tickets now:
Online at, at
the California Surf Museum, 312 Pier View
Way, Oceanside or call (760) 721-6876.

 Please RSVP by October 10th.

Delicious food and beverage selections from
Hill Street Cafe • Fish Joint • Rubio’s • Daphne’s
Kona Brewing • Longboard Vineyards • Nika Water
Lodging for Hobie Alter provided by
Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort.

Categories: Surfboards | History |

Hobie Cat Company Announces Acquisition of Hobie Cat Europe

10. September 2012

Oceanside, California,- Effective September 1, 2012, the Hobie Cat Company, based out of Oceanside, California acquired Hobie Cat’s business in Europe. The agreement will give the sailboat and kayak company worldwide trademark rights and make the operation Hobie Cat’s business in Europe directly under the control of Hobie Cat Company.  Together with Hobie Cat Australasia, a subsidiary for the past twelve years, the joining of international forces will unify the brand image, accelerate market expansion, focus the product offerings and enhance Hobie’s strong position in the global sailing, kayaking and fishing markets. The announcement was made by Hobie Cat Company president, Doug Skidmore.

Terms of the purchase are not disclosed, but the agreement is enthusiastically sanctioned by both entities. "It has been a dream of ours for many years to reunite Hobie Cat brands worldwide.  This acquisition creates tremendous opportunities to build on the successes that Hobie Cat Company, Hobie Cat Europe and Hobie Cat Australasia have all achieved individually in their own markets,” stated Doug. “It will take a lot of hard work and late nights to coordinate efforts, but the benefit to the Hobie Cat brand, our company and our loyal customers will be significant and long lasting.”

In 1968, Hobie icon and founder Hobie Alter started the Hobie Cat Company.  In December 1975, the Coleman Company purchased the worldwide company.  In January 1989, the company was divided between U.S. based Hobie Cat Company and Hobie Cat Europe and sold to two separate private ownership groups.  In 1995, Hobie Cat Company was sold to the current private ownership group.  The two companies have operated independently for the past 23 years, cooperating on many projects and events but remaining separate entities.  Still, the situation has been complicated with both companies sharing worldwide distribution rights. The new agreement is designed to unify these rights under one roof and unify the Hobie Cat companies worldwide. 

Besides the economic advantages of reuniting the Hobie family, the acquisition will leverage the momentum that Hobie currently enjoys in the marketplace. The research and development team can now think globally when designing new products and entering new market segments. The sales and marketing departments of each division will be able to share ideas on how best to service their dealer networks and bring a consistent message to Hobie consumers worldwide.  

Existing organizations like the International Hobie Class Association (IHCA) will now have a unified base of support to help organize future events. The talent synergies in the now international organization will position the brand for further growth while respecting the unique needs of each individual country.  

The IHCA is excited with the new outlook and unified approach from the Hobie Cat manufacturers. As the largest one-design catamaran class in the world we look forward to this chapter in the growth of our class. 

Categories: Hobie Cat |

Hobie Team Rider Rachael Tilly wins big at East Coast Champs

27. August 2012

Hobie Surf Team phenom Rachael Tilly added to her trophy collection this past weekend by winning the women's amatuer longboard title at the 2012 East Coast Surfing Championships in Virgina Beach. Not happy with the amatuer title, Rachael took aim at the pros and finished 3rd. 

Categories: Surfboards |

Hobie Polarized Launches 30th Anniversary “Show Your Hobie Soul” Contest!

19. July 2012

Hobies unite! In honor of its 30th Anniversary, Hobie® Polarized launched the “Show Your Hobie Soul” Contest. The exciting 30 day contest, which is running on Hobie® Polarized’s Facebook page until August 2nd, allows people to share their life adventures with family, friends, and the Hobie® Polarized community.

Hobie® Polarized’s Facebook fans are invited to share experiences that include Hobie® Polarized sunglasses by uploading photo and video entries onto the contest page. To assist in gaining more votes for the chance to win, fans are encouraged to promote each entry within their respective Facebook communities.

One lucky grand prize winner (and a guest) will receive a 3 day/2 night trip in Laguna Beach, CA with exclusive accommodations through Hobie® Polarized’s partner – the Pacific Edge Hotel. The Pacific Edge Hotel is helping to bring the winners an exciting experience by offering private use of an indoor/outdoor cabana and rental of the hotel’s Hobie® Stand Up Paddleboards. Winners will also receive a ‘day in the life’ experience with a Hobie® athlete, two swim outfits from Hobie® Swim, and a $250 Hobie® gear shopping spree to use at a Hobie® Surf shop.

For more information on the Hobie® Polarized 30th Anniversary “Show Your Hobie® Soul” contest, head to



Hobie 10'2 River Stand Up Paddleboard on the Aniene River

18. June 2012

Italian team rider Giordano Capparella rides the10'2 River on a recent recent test paddle using stand up paddle boards on the white water kayak course on the River Aniene. 

Categories: Stand Up Paddle |

Big Hobie Stand Up Paddle Team Weekend

11. June 2012

The Hobie Stand Up Paddle team had a hugely successful couple of days the past weekend, not just here in the US but also in France!!!

 To kick it off, Brandi Baksic (1st place women's 12'6) and Byron Kurt (1st place men's 14')  led the charge at the Santa Monica Paddleboard Race both winning the overall men’s and women’s SUP titles.  Byron and Brandi were both riding the newly released RACE RAW boards that were debuted by Hobie’s SUP skunk works the previous week at the Hobie/Hennessey’s US Championships.


Further down the coast at the Carlsbad Beachfest, ISA World SUP Surf Champion Emmy Merrill once again showed that she is a force to be
reckoned with in the surf, winning the 1st event of the Surf Race to Victory SUP Cross event.
Across the Atlantic, Greg Closier capped the big weekend off winning the Summer SUP Challenge French Championships  in Bandol France.


Great way to kick off the summer!!!

2012 Hobie-Hennessey’s WPA US Championships

6. June 2012


Dana Point California, June 2nd 2012 – The Hobie/Hennessey’s  United States Paddleboard Championships, historically hosted in Redondo Beach for the past 17 years, moved its venue south for 2012 to Doheny State Beach. The multi lap race format challenged racer’s physical stamina, mental tenacity, and board riding skills while also giving the beach a chance to cheer on their favorite paddlers.
The seemingly simple multi lap triangle course was competition packed and spectator intense. Mother Nature added a little south wind for extra flavor and bump. In all creating the perfect triad for some action packed paddle racing
 The event format consisted of a 4 mile Fun race, and a 6,8, or 9 mile Pro course that had some of the best paddlers vying for a piece of the  prize purse as well as “A Ticket to Cabo” bonus incentive for the money class elite winners  toward  the Hennessey’s WPA World Championships in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico being held November 3-4 .
 The tale of the tape tells the final story, but many of the classes saw head to head battles between paddlers separated by inches for most of the race, only to be decided in the final moments.
  • Ryan Helm - 1st Place 14’ SUP – 7.5 Miles
  • Brandi Baksic – 1st Place Women’s Stock SUP – 6 Miles
  • Fernando Stalla – 1st Place Stock SUP – 6 Miles
  • Brand Baksic – 1st Place Women’s Stock SUP – 6 Miles
  • Jack Bark – 1st Place Stock Paddleboard – 9 Miles
  • George Plsek– 1st Place Unlimited Paddleboard – 9 Miles
  • Jared Vargas - 1st Place Unlimited SUP - 9 Miles
Keeping true to Hennessey’s race style, the racing quickly shifted up the street to Hennessey's Tavern Dana Point for post-race awards and festivities. Racers were welcomed to a huge outdoor BBQ and a monster raffle with prizes from race sponsors.
Race Information and Results:


Categories: Stand Up Paddle |

Hobie Surf Shop - The Terry Martin Legacy -"Shaping Life"

5. June 2012

This is all you really need to know… a film Donny made of Terry over a year of Fridays. All the life lessons are here.


“T. Martin lived a life deserving of honor. From an early age he realized what he was gifted with and kept things simple. His focused perspective on what really mattered never changed as his impact on this world and in our hearts and lives was felt beyond measure of the some 80,000 surfboards he is said to have made.
I was honored to know Terry well and gained so much from his companionship, inspiration, tutelage and now continue to draw from the legacy that he created. God was the main ingredient in his life and he followed his ways and served Him with out abandon. At age 74, after passing away from a struggle with cancer, he did not lose his soul in the process of trying to gain the world.
This film came about by wanting to remember as much as I could of his focus and priorities. In the process, I gleaned from pearls of wisdom I knew would be freely shared. God had a great way of showing up every Friday morning when we got together for a period over a year, talking story and making things.
This film is dedicated to the Martin family and all those who knew Terry and are suffering in the void of his loss. Prayers go out toward Candy and the loss of her lover, our leader and forever everyone’s legend.” -Donny Brink


Hobie Surfboards - Rest in Peace Terry Martin

13. May 2012

Just after midnight on Saturday morning May 12 our friend and mentor Terry Martin left his shell on earth and blasted into heaven. Terry passed peacefully in the wee hours of the morning, a time he often rose and headed to his shaping room to pursue his craft, he is now in his eternal home with his Lord. There will be a memorial service for Terry on Friday, May 18th at 6:30 PM at Capo Beach Calvary in Capistrano Beach, please join us to say goodbye to our beloved Terry. Your prayers for Candy, David, Josh and Johanna are greatly appreciated at this time.

On Sunday, May 20th from 5-9 PM at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point we will celebrate Terry’s life and his legacy at The Terry Martin Project event,” A Body of Work From Wood to Foam”. This event is a LIVE and silent auction fundraiser hosted by the Sport of Kings Foundation that will provide support to the Martin Family.

Today is a great day to go surfing.