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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

 

Hobie Surf :: A Shameless Blog Post All About How I Caught A Fish at Fishn Mission!!

18. March 2014

Fastlane Sailing Center's 'Fishn Mission'

Fastlane Sailing Center’s ‘Fishn Mission’

I. Caught. A. Fish. Oh YEAH!!! Read it again, I Caught A Fish!!! Woot Woot holla at yo fishermama!! One fish, two fish, red fish, MY fish!! YEW!!! And, not just any fish! I caught a dastardly, super smart, wily, shrewd Ocean Living fish! Oh, they have eluded me for two years of trying… they have nibbled and evaded my true hearts desire to pluck them from their salty home. They have snapped my line and stolen my bait. They have left me standing on the shore bellowing ‘Darn you, you slippery clever rascals! Why won’t you just let me catch you??!!!” Oh, but all that changed on Friday, for on Friday I went from fisher to catcher!! I sniped a calico straight out of his hidey hole in the eel grass and into my Hobie Mirage Pro Angler kayak…. Satisfaction!! Glorious sweet sweet fishy satisfaction!

Everyone Hooked Up at Least Once!! Pictured : Hobie Surf Shop Crew of Chris Nichols, Your Faithful Blogger Me, and Ambassador Jennifer Holcomb

Everyone Hooked Up at Least Once!! Pictured : Hobie Surf Shop Crew of Chris Nichols, Your Faithful Blogger Me, and Ambassador Jennifer Holcomb

Ok, so how did I catch said fish, you ask?? I joined a group of people (ok I crowbarred my way into an invite) from all walks of Hobie life, and went on a ‘Fishn Mission’ put on by Fastlane Sailing Center in San Diego. A Fishn Mission is quite possibly the best and easiest way to get out into a personal boat and spend a morning doing a bit of angling! It is SET UP for you. Seriously. You park your car right in front of Fastlane’s waterfront location on Mission Bay. Walk like ten steps, turn a corner and your eyes get filled with your own little fish catching chariot in the form of a Hobie Mirage Pro Angler Kayak! It’s set with snack pack, pre lured poles, and ready to be wheeled the other ten feet to the water. Sweet living indeed!!!

Before you put boat in water, Ron Lane, Fastlane’s Chief of All things Fishing/sailing, gives you a brief talk on how you operate the boat. Honestly, it’s pedal driven easiness with a basic rudder. SO SIMPLE, yet crazy effective and quiet. Then we got stoked out with inside fishing tips from Afran, creator/owner of Warbaits, on how to properly cast and reel for the area we would be fishing in. Then we were rolling our boats to the water and we were off! From parking lot to the water in under 15 minutes and another easy 5 minute pedal to the honey hole…. and you are on a Fishn Mission! That is precision and a team that knows what they are doing!!

Just so you know, NO experience is necessary to have a GREAT time. Along on our crew were two people who had never been in boats, or used fishing poles. Everything is so well explained and well laid out that all 12 of us Hooked Up a fish at least once on the trip. Ron has a crew of expert fishermen along who check in with you through out the day, give you advice and help you land that elusive fish of your dreams. It was with Afran’s help that I finally got the right technique down to reel in my little calico friend! It was AWESOME!!! Plus, you get to yell ‘Hook Up’ when you catch one! Don’t freak out if you have never handled a hooked fish before, the guides are on it! They help you get your ‘I’m a hugely successful fisherman’ photo and show you how to de-hook safely so your little fish friend can go back to his watery home and tell stories of how he was ‘in the boat!!’. Oh, and there is a nice little sandy beach with restrooms where you take a snack break half way through the morning. Truly a set up for a great day if there ever was one!!!

The Crew Representing Hobie by Hurley, Hobie Designs, Hobie Surf Shops, Warbait, and our Hosts, Fastlane Sailing Center During our Snack Break!

The Crew Representing Hobie by Hurley, Hobie Designs, Hobie Surf Shops, Hobie Fishing, Warbait, and our Hosts, Fastlane Sailing Center, During our Snack Break!

After the day is on the water is over, you cruise back to Fastlane for a nice lunch. Then, since you are now a successful fisherman, you do what all great salty sea dogs do, you tell lies about how big the fish you caught was and how much bigger the one that got away was!! To go on your own Fishn Mission contact Fastlane (619.222.0766) and book your day!!

-Tracey Engelking. Successful Fishermama.

***I have to take a minute and thank David and Doug from Hobie by Hurley for having me along!! What an awesome gift you gave to us all! Thank you to Ron Lane for providing the stoke!! I’ve never met anyone more genuinely psyched on enjoying the water then you! Thank you to all the fishing guides for helping us achieve success!!! And, especially thank you to my bosses at Hobie Surf Shop, Jake and Mark, for letting me write blogs like these that sometimes highlight other shops, but that are a true reflection of the Hobie Lifestyle!!***

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Hobie by Hurley partner with Fast Lane Kayak Center

20. February 2014

 Hobie by Hurley proudly unveiled its new apparel center inside of the new Fast Lane Kayak and Sail Center in San Diego. As one of California’s premier outdoor retailers and its extensive history with the Hobie brand, Fast Lane Kayak and Sail Center was the perfect fit for Hobie by Hurley’s sling shot into the outdoor market.

 

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