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Hobie SUP: Introducing Outdoor Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard Series

17. July 2014

San Juan Capistrano, California, July 15, 2014 – Hobie Stand Paddleboards announces the release of its Outdoor Inflatable Series of stand up paddleboards. The series features two new innovative designs that cater to the stand up paddling needs of the all-around outdoor enthusiast. 

 
The 10’9” Sportsman and the 8’ Day Trip Air are perfect for fishing, diving, river running, camping, and access into remote locations. They feature Hobie’s new Triple Air Chamber (T.A.C) construction. A multi chambered construction that offers increased stability, versatility and function, while remaining compact enough to carry on planes, cars, boats and RVs. The unique design also provides excellent platforms for exercise-yoga, Pilates and cross training.
 
The two new boards both feature Hobie’s proven S3 Stand Up Stability System. The S3 system integrates rigid plates strategically placed under the deck pad in standing areas. This maximizes a paddler’s overall footprint there by maximizing stability and rigidity while not interfering with board packing and storage.
 
“The Sportsman and the Day Trip Air were designed to do everything you can think of doing on the water and to go everywhere” mentioned Mark Johnson, head of Hobie’s stand up paddle development team“We wanted to create a paddling platform that would work in a variety of conditions for a variety of uses. We wanted to explore and gain access to remote water with an emphasis portability and easy storage.”
 
In addition, each board also comes complete with Hobie’s 3 Piece Adjustable Traveler Paddle, a heavy-duty back pack style carrying bag, high pressure hand pump with gauge and repair kit. The boards can also can be outfitted with multiple sport specific accessories.
 
Anticipated availability of the Sportsman and Day Trip Air is September 2014.
 
10-9 Sportsman MSRP: $1399
8-0 Day Trip Air MSRP: $1299

 

Categories: Stand Up Paddle |

Hobie SUP: The Derek Jeter Board

8. May 2014

 A few months ago we were approached by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to produce a custom stand up paddle board. Not just any board, but a board that was going to be presented to Derek Jeter in recognition of his last regular season game in Anaheim.   Our team went to work, and conceptualized a board that represented Derek Jeter and the Yankees, but also remained 100% fully functional.

 
 
The board is a custom 12’4 Venture that was hand crafted in our Capistrano Beach, CA factory by our team of skilled craftsmen. The board features Hobie’s Cross Link Construction combined with custom graphics printed on HG Photocloth. The final result was nothing less than amazing and a testament to Hobie’s rich history of innovation, quality, and craftsmanship.
 

Happy paddling Mr. Jeter, we hope you Have a Hobie Day
 
 
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Hobie Memorial - Share your Hobie Day, Where ever you are

16. April 2014

The global response to Hobie’s passing has been monumental; astronomical would be a more accurate description. Over the past few weeks, the effect that Hobie Alter had on people’s lives has been shared across every medium imaginable. We have received heart felt letters, pictures, mementos, and countless stories of how a Hobie invention created a lifetime memory or contributed to a way of life. It has lit up social media with a plethora of tweets, posts, threads, and creative hash tagging. It even made the nightly news.

 We recently posted information about upcoming memorials and paddle outs, and once again the response was nothing less than amazing! For those who can make one of the events, we welcome you and look forward to remembering an amazing man who created toys so that we all could have a little more fun.
 
Unfortunately, due to the vastness of this large blue marble that we all share, not everyone can make it.  
 
If you can’t make either of the memorial events, we understand, but don’t let it stop you from “HAVING A HOBIE DAY.”
 
Even better, SHARE with us how you spent “YOUR HOBIE DAY”,
 
Paddle out or sail out we want to see it!!!
 
Post to social media and use 
 
#haveahobieday
 
Or submit your photos and video to
 
 
"Ride em if you have em"
It’s what Hobie would of wanted you to do!!!
 
 

Hobie Alter Paddle Out Information - Official

16. April 2014

Hobie Alter Memorial Information - Official

3. April 2014

Rest in Peace Hobie Alter - The Passing of a Legend

30. March 2014

 

San Juan Capistrano, CA - March 30, 2014
Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards, and ended up shaping a culture, passed away peacefully at his Palm Desert home on March 29 surrounded by his loving family. Born on October 31, 1933 in Ontario, California, he was 80 at the time of his passing.
 
The recently published biography “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves”reveals the story of this true Renaissance man. The son of a second-generation orange farmer, Hobie flourished spending time at his family’s Laguna Beach summer home. And it was here in the family’s garage back in 1950 where he began his somewhat accidental career by combining his two loves, wood shop and water, crafting handmade 9 foot balsawood surfboards for his friends. Business was good, and his father had grown tired of the sawdust, so in 1954 Hobie would open the area’s first surf shop in Dana Point. But as demand continued to grow, balsawood was becoming scarce, and even with Hobie’s creative assembly line, the wooden board building process was cumbersome. This is where Hobie’s extraordinary gift for self-taught, “outside the box” engineering rose to the challenge. Through a top-secret trial and error process, and along with friend and employee Gordon “Grubby” Clark, Hobie pioneered the development of the foam surfboard. With the lighter and more responsive boards, and his gift for design and commitment to uncompromising quality, Hobie quickly became the number one surfboard brand in the world. The list of legendary surfers and shapers that worked or rode for Hobie is a virtual Hall of Fame and his success is seen as the launch point for California’s iconic surf industry. Hobie himself was a top surfing competitor.
 
Having success with surfing, Hobie turned his attention to his other water-based passion, and after another series of tireless design testing, Hobie unveiled his namesake “Hobie Cat” which is credited with bringing high-performance sailing from the yacht club to the masses. “The Cat that Can Fly” could be launched off any beach and soon became one of the world’s top selling sailboats. But his curious mind and constant tinkering didn’t stop there. A few of his other inventions include creating the “Hobie Hawk” a high-performance remote controlled glider (another of his lifetime passions). He also designed the hugely successful Hobie Super Surfer skateboard, sculpted a revolutionary 33-foot mono-hull sailboat, pioneered a “Float Cat” for fly-fishing and built the “Katie Sue” (named for his mother Katie and his wife Susan), an awe-inspiring 60-foot power catamaran from scratch.
 
As the result of this serial innovation, the name Hobie has come to mean a great deal to the world. But it is the integrity of the person behind the name that has meant so much more to family and friends. A humble man of incomparable character, he made it clear that the one thing of which he was most proud, was his family. His sister recently recalled that their father taught Hobie early on to always tell the truth, no matter the consequence, and that any deal worth doing could be done with a handshake. It was a lesson that Hobie incorporated into every aspect of his personal and professional life, and one that he passed on to his own children as well as those that interacted with him in his various enterprises. He was incredibly giving of his love, his time, his resources and his expertise. Always the first to do whatever was necessary to help those in need. Yet he never wanted any accolades or recognition. His kindness, sage counsel and generosity literally transformed countless lives. But as he was quick to say, “A lot of people helped me along the way, I’m just trying to return the favor”.
 
In discussing the future with friends as a young man Hobie declared that he wanted to make a living without having to wear hard-soled shoes or work east of California’s Pacific Coast Highway. By “Making people a toy and giving them a game to play with it” he was able to realize this dream. And in the process, he introduced the world to an outdoor lifestyle and collection of products that made things just a bit more fun for all of us. Hobie’s passing will leave an incredible void in the world of surfing, sailing and watersports. But as with any great author, actor or artist, the legacy of his work, and the strong wake of his innovations will live on forever. And for his family and friends, the lessons he taught, the quiet, moral and ethical example he set and the lingering warmth of his abiding love will comfort them as long as they live.
 
With his loving wife Susan at his side, Hobie lived life as an adventure spending years on the lakes and ski slopes of McCall, Idaho, navigating the Katie Sue through the channels near their home in Orcas Island, Washington and hitting the links at Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, California. In addition to Susan, he is survived by his sisters Carolyn and Lillian, his daughter Paula and her partner Ian, son Hobie Jr. and his wife Stephanie, son Jeff and his wife Laurie, grandchildren Cortnie and husband Dylan, Brittany, Scotty, Cody, Ashlyn, Tyler, Noelle and Justin, great-granddaughter Serena, and many close friends that were always made to feel like they were immediate family.
 
Hobie received the Waterman Achievement award from the Surfing Industry Manufacturers Association in 1993, was inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame in 1997 and admitted as an inaugural member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2011 alongside Dennis Connor and Ted Turner.
 
Details of Memorial Services are pending, and in keeping with the tradition of the Waterman, there will also be a surfer’s “Paddle Out” in front of the family’s Oak Street home in Laguna Beach, where it all began. Date/time TBD.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation to either:
 
Sport of Kings Foundation – in Memory of Hobie Alter
PO Box 2499 Capistrano Beach, CA 92624
 
Surfing Heritage Culture Center – Hobie Alter Scholarship Fund
 
Orcas Island Community Foundation – Deer Harbor Volunteer Fire Department– in Memory of Hobie Alter
www.oicf.us

 

Winter SUP in Saint-Malo

7. February 2014

Seventeen year old French team rider Martin Letourner has been hard at all winter in his back yard of Saint-Malo, " the waves aren't always perfect but it's interesting to train in all surfing conditions"

Categories: Stand Up Paddle |

Hobie unveils Surf Cabana at Pacific Edge Hotel

10. March 2013
The Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach recently came to a few select companies requesting that they and their design teams design one of their surfside cabanas.  Each company was given their own cabana to design how they wanted with their personal and unique style.  Hobie teamed up with the local coastal design masters at Tuvalu Home to create an environment that would embody the rich history of Hobie and the California coastal experience. Full details of the project can be seen here. The cabanas were unveiled this past weekend at the Pacifc Edge’s Snack,Sip, and SUP event. The event featured great food and cocktails presented by a few local restaurants and bars, as well as a friendly industry stand up paddle relay race presented by Hobie Stand Up Paddleboards, featuring local teams from Hobie, Infinity, SUPCo, Riviera, and The Surfrider Foundation . A great event hosted at an amazing location!!!!

Categories: Stand Up Paddle | Surfboards |

New 10'8 Adventure Inflatable SUP makes Antarctic Expedition

29. January 2013

Hobie SUP was recently contacted by Emelia DeForce, a Research Associate at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Emelia was  on her way to Antarctica on research, and as an avid stand up paddler at home, Emelia wanted to try stand up paddling Antarctica. Due to obvious travel contraints and extreme conditions, a conventional sup wouldn't work.  After some careful discussion with the crew a Hobie SUP , she was outfitted with Hobie's new 10'8 Adventure Inflatable SUP. 

Here is a great field report from her first Antarctic SUP adventure

To SUP or not to SUP - Emelia DeForce

  Photo: David Johnston

Emelia DeForce - Photo: David Johnston

I was invited a year and a half ago to join an Antarctic expedition as a scientist. I am a microbial ecologist meaning that I study microscopic organisms in nature. The Long Term Ecological Research study that I joined has a goal to better understand how global climate change is affecting our planet. Our group consists of microbiologists, biological and physical oceanographers and marine biologists specializing in whale, fish, and penguin research. We are spending 28 days off at sea working to understand the Antarctic marine ecosystem and its response to climate perturbations. We are also joined by a film crew from Rutgers University who will be making a documentary on our expedition as a means to improve public awareness of our work, and of Antarctic climate change in general, keep posted on that front!

 Hobie has been an integral part allowing me to continue my avid love for water sports during this expedition through the production of the latest inflatable SUPs. I said to myself “what’s better than trying one of these suckers out to push the extreme limits on myself?” Pushing the extremes became a reality when safety issues crept up due to the top of the food chain in Antarctica posing real threats. The Leopard seal is large and in charge. I am so not interested in making friends with one of these guys! As it turns out, there was a single Leopard seal in the small inlet on Adelaide Island, Antarctica where I SUPed. I geared up and paddled out to have folks on land hollering at me “Emelia, Leopard seal, there’s a Leopard seal!” I made very quick eye contact with the seal and decided that there will be bigger and better opportunities to make this happen, besides, there were other better looking animals to hang out with and photograph. 

Stay tuned for more to come! 

A barrier between Emelia DeForce and her SUP - Photo: David Johnston

 

Elephant seal on Adelaide Island, Antarctica - Photo: David Johnston

 

Adelie penguins on Adelaide Island, Antarctica - Photo: David Johnston

 

The SUP party is over when this Leopard seal makes an appearance - Photo: David Johnston

Categories: Stand Up Paddle |

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. 

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