In the early sixties, Dick Metz and Hobie Alter partnered to form a Hobie Surfboards presence on the Hawaiian Islands. The Honolulu Store, as it would be named, became a legitimate rest-stop for surfers on their island pilgrimage. Having surfed Hawaii, both Metz and Hobie understood that Hawaiian conditions were unique and apart from any other place on earth. Only through experience in the steep drops and fast sections of select reef breaks could one prepare for what lies in the abbeys of big surf.
The Honolulu Model is our modern take on the late sixties designs that would have populated