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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"

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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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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: http://www.hobie.com/race

 

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Team Hobie Takes on The Ocean Ohana Catalina Challenge Relay

30. March 2012

This isn’t going to be a fun little sightseeing paddle across the channel looking at sea life… this is going to be a hurl-fest grind. -Sean Douglas

On Sunday April 1, 2012 The Ocean Ohana Catalina Challenge Relay will take place. A 39.8 mile race on OC1, OC2, Surfski, SUP or Paddleboard from Avalon to Dana Point. In year’s past, paddlers have been met with generally calm conditions; this year, not so much.

Not for the faint of heart

To me, weather like this calls for warm blankets, sleeping in and a lazy day inside. For Catalina competitors, these conditions are a dream come true. I talked with Challenge racer Byron Kurt, who will compete with his partner Colin McPhillips in SUP as a two man team representing Hobie, to get his thoughts on all things Catalina.

 

Byron Kurt Wants to Beat You. Every. Time.

What are your thoughts on the wind and swell advisory?

Byron: “I pray for conditions like this. I hope for Conditions like this. 45 knot downwinder, that is what you want out of the Catalina Challenge. Who wants to paddle 39 miles in flat water…? If you want to do that, you can do it by doing laps in the Harbor.”

What do you think your main challenge will be out there?

Byron: “The biggest challenge will be for the boat Captain’s, in these kind of conditions you are only going to be as good as your Captain. The course they lay out decides if you win or not. The second biggest will be figuring out what you are going to need to keep you hydrated, safe, and comfortable out there. It is a long day, with complicated transfers. Be prepared, it is going to come down to a tough mental game.”

Any goals for the day?

Byron: “I’ll be disappointed if they cancel the event. I feel like it could be a day for Colin and I to break the record set by Chuck Patterson and I, for two man SUP, at 6hr 32mins and 13 sec. There is the potential for this to be a very fast race with new bars set across all craft.”

No rights, Colin.. Only left's the whole way.

Byron is legit, no doubt. He has been with Hobie for 34 years as a surfer, sailor, windsurfer, and SUPer. He is also an Iron Man Triathlete and a 6 handicap golfer. Notorious for speaking his mind, he will be a force in this race. He has also test piloted every one of the designs in the Hobie SUP arsenal. I talked with head shaper, Mark Johnson, to hear his thoughts on Byron and Colin as a team.

How do you think Byron and Colin will do as a team?

MJ: “They’ll be great. Colin goes about racing in an all business like manner; head down, no complaints, incredibly focused. He is the most gracious champion (**Ed note: Colin McPhillips is a three time World Longboard Champion) in the water… he brings a lot of credibility to SUP. They both share the same drive to win. Byron wants to be the first one across the line every time. He is probably the most mentally tough racer out there.”

Can you tell me anything about the board they will be on?

MJ: “No. Not a chance. The only thing I’ll tell you is this race will put the equipment to the test, and I like that. If they keep the nose out of the water, and stay in the trough.. it will be an exciting day.”

The Board.

Final thoughts on the race go to the boss, Jeff Alter who will be Captaining the Team Hobie escort boat along with Chuck Benson.

How do you think it’s going to go?

Jeff: “I’m excited, strategy and knowledge are going to play a big roll. If it were me, I’d take a leisurely 6-7 mile paddle to the north of the island, then kick straight in through the surf, take lefts the whole way. With this wind, records could be set.”

Are you worried about the weather?

Jeff: “No. I have sturdy cup holders, so I’m not worried at all.”

-Tracey Engelking

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