Hobie-Hurley-Hoffman Fabrics

31. October 2011


When the folks of Hobie, Hurley, and Hoffman Fabrics came together at the Hoffman offices last week, it was not just your everyday meeting.  Stories of yesteryear were being spun off in rapid fire fashion, as the team perused the history strewn walls of the Hoffman offices.  
The team had come together to preview a part of the new Hobie by Hurley clothing line that is to feature original Hoffman prints. The inclusion of Hoffman adds a twist of modern and authentic, blending together the old and new generations.



Stand Up Guy - Shane Perin Video Trailer

25. October 2011

The trailer for the upcoming short documentary "Stand Up Guy", the amazing story of Shane Perrin's 340-mile paddle on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) down the Missouri River from Kansas City, KS to St. Charles, MO. Shane competed in the 6th annual Missouri River 340 ( and became the first person to attempt as well as first to complete the race on an SUP. Shane paddled a 14' Elite BCX+C, provided by St. Louis Sail and Paddle,  and completed the grueling race in 66hrs 39min, finishing 38th out of a field of 105


Hobie Alter inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame

24. October 2011


Hobie Alter’s contributions to the sailing world were recognized last Sunday in San Diego with his induction to the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Hobie was among fourteen other inductees making up the first class of inductees.
Joining Hobie were, Ted Turner, Dennis Conner, the late Capt. Charlie Barr, the late Capt. Nathanael G. Herreshoff, Ted Hood, Gary Jobson, Buddy Melges, the late Emil "Bus" Mosbacher Jr., the late Olin Stephens and the late Harold Vanderbilt. Lowell North, the founder of North Sails, Paul Cayard, Betsy Alison of Newport, R.I., the US Sailing Team paralympic coach and five-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year; and the late Joshua Slocum, who sailed alone around the world in the late 1890s. Slocum disappeared at sea in 1908.
Every living inductee attended. The posthumous inductees were represented by descendants
 “A lot of people used our toys,” Hobie said Sunday. “The main reason we made them is so we could use them.”
The National Sailing Hall of Fame is an undertaking to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing, and is central to the mission of the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame which was formed in 2005 with plans to establish a permanent facility on the historic waterfront of Annapolis, Maryland.



2011 Battle of the Paddle

30. September 2011

The 2011 Battle of the Paddle has come and gone with all of the hype and excitement of a major holiday.  The evolution of the event has become a true litmus test demonstrating the growth of Stand Up Paddling as a sport and an industry.   Team Hobie was its biggest ever with team paddlers from France, Italy, and Australia joining their US counter parts.

This year’s Battle once again pushed the evolutionary boundaries with the introduction of qualifying heats for the Elite race. Each qualifying race contributed 50% to the main event, and it meant racers had to work a strategy that would advance them into the main event but still leave enough gas in the tank for the final .  The Hobie team moved all but one of its Elite racers into the main event.

The main event held up to everything that it had in the past with blow ups, bust ups, and surprises. Team Hobie’s Brand Baksic finished 2nd in a heavily contested women’s race. Hobie’s Jay Wild and Colin McPhillips finished in the top 20 on the men’s side.

Day two started off a bit more reserved than the first day as paddlers carefully worked out the aches, pains and kinks from the day before. The distance race saw a huge field of 224 paddlers making the 10 mile grind, many of the same SUP Elite work horses returned, this time some had opted for longer unlimited or 14' boards and others kept the 12'6 grind alive.  Brandi Baksic kept her podium run going placing 3rd with   Mitch Kahn (14’) and Byron Kurt (12’6) both finishing in the top 10 of their board classes.

The biggest surprise of day two by far was the kid’s race. If there was ever a question as to the future of the sport of stand up paddling the kid’s race made it known. With over 50 kids participating in either the short or long course events, it was amazing to note that this year saw many kids racing scaled down race boards, and the competition was fast and furious.

As with Battle’s past,  the Grand Finale was the Team Relay with 43 teams racing for the team title.  Hobie was represented by 4 teams (3 men and 1 female). Hobie Team 1 (Jay Wild, Byron Kurt, Colin McPhillips, and Brandi Baksic) took 3rd with a super tight finish between Team Hobie and Team Naish. Hobie Team 2 (Mitch Kahn, Rob Pelkey, Justin Holland and Alison Riddle) finished 8th proving once again Hobie’s depth putting 2 teams in the top 10.

With participation pushing into the thousands one has to wonder what will happen in 2012? Is two days enough?

The Hobie camp was jumping all weekend


Colin McPhillips and Greg Closier coming into the danger zone


Australian team rider Justin Holland


Open race start


Brandi Baksic - 2nd place Elite Female


The Battle Team!!!


New Delivery Truck

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Hobie Team Rider Justin Holland wins Australian SUP Title

24. August 2011

Australian Hobie Stand Up Team rider Justin Holland won the 2011 Australian Standup Paddleboard Title at Port Macquarie, NSW, in a solid 6 foot swell that tested Australia's best.

The icy winds and challenging conditions, put the best in Australia to the test, big scores opened up the early morning heats before the finals got under way in the afternoon
Justin found himself in a tough final against current Australian Longboard champion Jackson Close and young Keahi de Aboitiz who displayed an array of futuristic aerial maneuvers the renowned kite boarder is known for, and Michael Davies

"I had a pretty good surf the first heat, but I felt like I had more to come, so I swapped boards from my 7’11 CM Ultimate to my 8’3 CM Ultimate for the final and it paid off", said Holland who won with a combined heat total of 15.50 (out of a possible 20).

"I've been stand up paddling  for two years now, I had a good result in Tahiti in the world Standup tour and now to be crowned Australian champion, I'm looking forward to the rest of the year" said Holland.

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Hobie Elite 12'6 wins Dutch SUP Chamionships

22. August 2011

The Dutch SUP Chamionships took place August 14th at at Noordwijk beach in the Netherlands. The race was a 6km triangle course. The race was won by Erwin Janssen on his 12'6 Elite



Rojas, Wild, and McPhillips dominate 2011 Hobie/Hennessey’s Waterman’s Challenge

7. June 2011

 Dana Point California, June 4th 2011 - Doheny State Beach once again played host to the 6th annual Hobie / Hennessey’s Waterman’s Challenge. Unlike previous years Challenges, the 2011 Challenge pitted paddlers to a new multi lap format that challenged racer’s physical stamina, mental tenacity, and board riding skills.
 The seemingly simple multi lap triangle course was competition packed and spectator intense. Mother Nature added in some southern hemi ground swell, and a little south wind for extra flavor. 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 $4000 prize purse. 
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.
Rob Rojas - 1st Place Unlimited SUP – 9 Miles
Jay Wild – 1st Place 14’ SUP – 8 Miles
Colin McPhillips  – 1st Place Stock SUP – 6 Miles
Brand Baksic – 1st Place Women’s Stock SUP – 6 Miles
Brian Murphy – 1st Place Stock Paddleboard – 6 Miles
Brad Thomas – 1st Place Unlimited Paddleboard – 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 Sponsors: Bacardi, H20 Audio, Ocean Minded, Waterman’s Applied Science, Hobie Polarized, Ocean Minded, Crossfit Orange County, Future Fins, Stand Up Paddle Magazine, H2O Overdrive and The John Wayne Cancer Foundation
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Hobie Team Rider RachaelTilly wins 2nd State Title

24. May 2011
Hobie Surf Team phenom Rachael Tilly won her 2nd consecutive girl’s longboard surfing title this past weekend at the Middle School State Championships held in Oceanside. The 21 school competition boasted some of the most competitive middle school surfing teams in California. Conditions were perfect with a fresh southern hemi coughing up 4-8’ surf the entire weekend.
Rachael won the overall  State long board girl’s title and helped her middle school Shore Cliffs secure the over all school title. Rachael didn’t just prove she was one of the best surfers, but also one of the smartest. She also went back to back by winning the scholarship award to the highest finalist with the highest GPA. Rachael won the award with having a 4.0 while having all advance classes.


A day out on the Hobie 12'6 Elite SUP

20. May 2011

A Day in the life of the Hobie 12'6 Elite stand up paddleboard according to the Australian Dogman. This is what happens when you take a stand up race board and mix in over 60 years of surfboard shaping experience

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Hobie bids farewell to Chuck Patterson

18. May 2011

Hobie says farewell to Chuck Patterson from its team of renowned water athletes. Chuck joined the Hobie team in 2005 and was an integral member in Hobie’s emergence into the ever-evolving stand up paddleboard market. Chuck brought with him a long illustrious sports resume and a magnetic personality that will be hard if not impossible to ever replace. We might not miss all the custom boards we had to build for Chuck, but we will certainly miss Chuck as one of our most respected Team members.  
From all of us at Hobie we wish him the best in his new career endeavors.
Cheers Chuck
Team Hobie