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

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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.

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Hobie History: Inside Innovations of Hobie at Surfing Heritage

3. May 2012

Dick Metz and Hobie Alter

Saturday night we had the privilege to be at the opening night of the “Innovations of Hobie” exhibit at the Surfing Heritage Foundation. The collective minds of all who attended were sufficiently blown.

The very first board Hobie ever made.. it used to be 10', but the kid who it went to decided to chop it down and make it smaller. Dang kids!!!

No matter where you looked, genius was on display. From the Hobie CAT outside on the lawn, to board No.0000001, to the skateboards, snowboards, cross-sight golf, Hobie Hawks, to the walls lined with every advance in design throughout a 62 year history of handshaped boards.. oh, and that was before you walked into a room full of the greatest shapers in the world who turned out for the man named Hobie.

Some of the most legendary shapers the world has ever known sitting shoulder to shoulder.

Even one of the most reserved surfers and shapers came out… Phil Edwards. We were lucky enough to get a quick word and photo with the elusive Mr Edwards and asked him what he thought.. “very nice.” . We’ll take it.

Phil Edwards. Enough said.

Big booms of laughter and the phrase “Do you remember….” rang all night long. Here is a slideshow that will give you a taste of what we saw… Enjoy!!

The Innovations of Hobie will be open to the public April 29 to July 15, 2012 everyday from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

-Tracey Engelking - Hobie Surf Shops

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Hobie Surf Shop - Terry Martin: Life, Boards, and Everything

11. March 2012


It can take so much from a person… sometimes.

For Terry Martin, it hasn’t seemed to take a thing. The bounce in his step is there, the twinkle in his eye is there, his laugh still chimes, his heart is full of kindness, his optimism still overflows all over the place, and his smile is as bright during this fight as it has always been. But cancer has taken the one thing that has been a fixture for Terry for as long as some people can remember…

The beard.

Terry Martin and the mighty beard.

Since 1968 Mr Martin’s face has been covered in a mighty beard. I couldn’t find a photo anywhere of him without one. Truly, it seems the only thing attached to Terry for longer than the beard has been shaping. 80,000+ boards since 1963 have passed through his masterful hands. The same saw that cut his first board for Hobie back all those years ago, is still the same saw that cuts the boards today. The only change is the hands that use it have aged a bit since that first slice, they also show traces of the chemo that still hasn’t entirely left his system.

If your feet are lucky enough to stand on a Terry Martin board, it was cut with this saw.

We stand in the shaping room at the Dana Point Hobie shop looking down at what will become my new longboard, he showed me his nails.. “Would you look at that… yuck… yellow and torn up. I think they are all going to fall off.” He smiles. “I hope for your sake they do, Terry, that’s a funky look.” I said. He laughs, that classic laugh that makes you all fuzzy. He bends his hands to me and shares, “look, see how much they bend again, they were so stiff during treatment… now look at them flex.. I can shape now. I couldn’t wait to get back in here.” You can tell, he paces around the untouched blank with a jig in his step, eyes it.. flips it over, smiles and grabs the saw. Pure joy.

We start the process of making the board.. one that he could easily accomplish alone in 40 minutes. They don’t call him the Machine for nothing. Shaping with Terry is more than just making a board.. it becomes a lesson in living. Not worrying about mistakes “Don’t worry about that, there is another step that will fix that”. Each time you say oops.. he’ll tell you what is great about that oops, and how it will benefit the board in the long run. He shows me how to keep from repeating the same steps over and over. How to streamline your efforts and be able to take the board off the racks and let it go when it’s time. A metaphor for life if there ever was one.

Make a mistake, correct it in the next step... don't let it slow you down... everything is fixable.

In the midst of planers, saws, handmade sanding tools and dust, he tells me about his beginnings with Hobie. Mastering the art of shaping, going from making 2 boards in 10 hours to 10 boards in 10 hours. His desires to be able to have a full time shaping career that earned him enough of a living to support a family. Shaping 7 people deep, side by side in the factory in the early days. Honing his craft alongside Hobie Alter. We talk about the honor you feel when you work for Hobie, how it is being part of something bigger than yourself, something lasting, something true.

Nothing is as critical as you think... take too much out of one rail, just sand it out of the other rail till it matches.

The beard… “My son is 41, he has never seen me without one!” Terry himself isn’t used to it. “I had no idea I had all these lines around my mouth… I look like a shriveled up apple doll.” His laughter floats out, I ask if he is going to grow it back, “Heck yes, I have to cover up all this old stuff on here…” “You know, Terry, I’m almost 40, maybe I should start thinking of letting mine fill in.. give the waxer a break, I wouldn’t mind seeing less of my smile lines.. the world could always use another bearded lady!” Somehow, in the midst of illness, he is more worried about your tears.. more worried about your heart breaking. He keeps you laughing. He is a man of deep faith… his positive attitude and assurances that he knows exactly where he is going (to Heaven,) if this battle doesn’t go his way, smooth everything out.

Even when you get to something technical, like marking out the fins... don't stress, use the tool as a guide, place your marks, and if you mess up the sides, don't freak out... you can always ride it as a single fin.

We take two sessions to finish the board. Number 80,001 and counting. When it comes time to sign the board, my name goes right next to Terry’s. I’ll ride the board till it is either more ding repair kit than board, or even better, till it disintegrates under my feet. The last step, before it comes off the racks and it gets let go into the hands of the glasser, is a quote by Mickey Munoz down the stringer: “Surfing wasn’t the ride; it was the process of getting to the ride”. Terry looked down at it with the trade mark twinkle in his eyes… “Yeah, that’s really it, isn’t it? That’s all you need to know.”

Number 80,001 and counting...

-Tracey Engelking

Please respect Terry’s privacy during this time. For more information on Terry Martin, upcoming auctions and ways you can help in his fight: Please visit

*All photos by Tracey Engelking

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