The Vintage Surfboard Collector Club ‘presents’ The First Annual Hobie Vintage Surfboard Festival at La Plaza Park

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The Vintage Surfboard Collector Club ‘presents’ The First Annual Hobie Vintage Surfboard Festival at La Plaza Park

Sunday February 25th 8am-3pm 

Come one come all to an edition of The Vintage Surfboard Collectors Club (VSCC) Swap at La Plaza Park in Dana Point, in between Hennessy’s and Hobie Surf Shop!

View, buy, sell or trade surfboards with member collectors from up and down the coast. Surfboards & memorabilia, like skateboards, contest tees, books, posters, etc,  from the dawn of surfing through the 1980’s will be represented. Admission is FREE to swap or buy. You must be a member of VSCC to sell (more info at www.vintagesurfboardcollectorclub.com).

Along with all flavors of surf & skate history represented, there will also be special “Best of Show Hobie Surfboard” & “Best of Show Hobie Memorabilia” awards given. That means, bring your best ever vintage Hobie surfboard or item to the swap and enter it to win major prizes!! You do not have to be a VSCC member to enter the Best in Show categories. Several legendary Hobie Surfers will serve as show judges. We can’t wait to see what you pull out of your rafters, garages and closets!

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Morning coffee bar with locals Crank and Grind will start brewing at 8am, and they will serve up tasty Sambazon bowls throughout the day. Fellow collectors club Surfboards & Coffee will collaborate with VSCC for the first time ever at this meet! Music from The West Coast Cookers starts at 10am, kicking your eyes even more open than a Crank & Grind espresso and playing sets all afternoon. Gary Larson, master shaper at Hobie Surfboards, will be live shaping a classic Hobie model at high noon. Representatives from community organizations such as, The Surfing Heritage & Culture Center, Surfers Healing, Surfrider, and The Ocean Institute will have information tents set up, spreading the word on who they are and how to get more engaged with what they do.

In short, HUNDREDS of bitchen boards strewn about the grass, coffee, bowls, live music, hand shaping, Best in Show, community organizations, and local surf legends, all with a Hobie flavor added in. What’s not to like?? This event is rain or shine, all ages welcome and open to the public. Don’t miss out!! See you Sunday February 25th!!

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EVENT DETAILS ::

Date :: Sunday, February 25th.

Time ::  8am – 3pm.

Location :: Hobie Dana Point. 34174 Pacific Coast HWY. 92629. 949-496-2366

Primary Sponsors :: Hobie Surf Shop, The City of Dana Point , Crank and Grind, Surfboards and Coffee

Secondary Sponsors :: Surfing Heritage, Surfers Healing, Ocean Institute, Surfrider

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Hobie Heart :: Patagonia + Hobie :: Ocean Institute Receives Patagonia Environmental Grant

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The Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor, where experience is the teacher.

From The Ocean Institute Newsletter ::

As well-known leaders in the outdoor industry for environmental advocacy and community enrichment, Patagonia’s waves of positive impact recently reached our Adopt-a-Class program with a $5,000 grant. The Patagonia ‘Environmental Grants Program’ funds organizations that identify and work on the root causes of environmental problems and approach those issues with a commitment to long-term change. This description parallels our goal for the Adopt-A-Class program, which enables underserved students from Title I schools across California to visit the Ocean Institute for hands-on education using ‘nature as the teacher’. The program is truly life-changing for these students, as many have never seen the ocean or been on a boat before. The experience not only provides essential learning opportunities that these children often don’t have access to, but also encourages a love for marine science that motivates them to become life-long learners and passionate advocates for the protection of our planet.

 

This year, as many of us reflect on the gifts we are thankful for—Ocean Institute recognizes our many donors and community partners who make our valuable educational programs possible. Patagonia’s support will provide over 250 underserved students with the gift of outdoor education and inspire future change-makers and defenders of our oceans. A special thanks to our wonderful friends at Hobie and other local environmentalists who were advocates for Ocean Institute during the application process. We are so grateful for this opportunity to expand our programs, and look forward to giving back through marine science, maritime history and environmental educational programs in the coming year.

Hobie Shop :: Surfing Heritage Capsule’s Come to Hobie Surf Shops!!

SURFING HERITAGE AND CULTURE CENTER & HOBIE SURF SHOP PARTNER UP:

Collaborative museum capsule collections to be displayed at two shop locations

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Orange County, CA, November 13, 2017— Hobie Surf Shops is excited to announce a partnership with the prestigious non-profit organization and museum, Surfing Heritage and Culture Center (SHACC). SHACC will be curating historical mini capsule collections, selected from its world-renowned assortment of memorabilia, to be showcased at Hobie locations. As well, Hobie will design and sell special edition SHACC apparel, accessories and “cool stuff” under license, with a portion of the profits benefitting SHACCs mission to share surfings history and culture with the world.

A non-profit organization, SHACC has over 700 surfboards, a shaping shack filled with surf legend Dale Velzy’s tools, templates and surfboards, and a rotating exhibit space that features a new display three to four times a year. Surfing Heritage might be best known for its photo archive, home to over 100 separate collections totaling nearly 300,000 historic images. The museum also produces special events such as guest lectures, slide shows, art and historical exhibits, surf film screenings, and concerts as well as educational outreach programs linking the sport of surfing to the community.

“We are more than stoked with this innovative partnership” says Glenn Brumage, SHACC’s Executive Director. “SHACC founder Dick Metz was Hobie Alters business partner and opened the first Hobie retail store in Honolulu HI, making the SHACC annexes, as an integral part of the Hobie retail experience, very natural”.

“In our desire to increase awareness in surfing’s rich history, as well as pay homage to Dick Metz and what he created in Hobie Surf Shops, it made perfect sense for us to create these annexes. It’s our job, as beach/surf retailers, to be a voice of surf history and culture” stated Jake Schwaner of Hobie Surf Shops. “Both Mark Christy and myself are honored to extend the SHACC’s reach by introducing more of the California community to their remarkably extensive collection”.

The first annex at Hobie Corona Del Mar is now open with the Dana Point annex opening the first part of December. The first exhibits follow the Surf to Skate story that SHACC is currently on display in the museum gallery.

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About Surfing Heritage and Culture Center:
SHACC, dedicated to the preservation, presentation, and promotion of the surfing culture, was founded by surfing stalwart Dick Metz and surf culture preservationist Spencer Croul. Housing one of the world’s largest surfboard and memorabilia collections, SHACC traces surfing’s roots from pre-western contact with Hawaii to the present. Annually, SHACC welcomes hundreds of international surf pilgrims and other interested parties through its doors. www.surfingheritage.org.

About Hobie Surf Shops
For 63 years Hobie Surf Shops has passionately pursued surfing and sailing innovation while never losing sight of fun, ocean awareness, and respect for our elders; emulating our Hawaiian surfing brethren. www.hobiesurfshop.com.

Hobie Shop :: Holiday Party Time!! Come On By Ho Ho Hobie!!

Christmas Decoration on the Beach

Hobie Surf Shops have roots that tie directly to the Orange County beach community. It’s more than just a place where our shops are located. For us, it is where our lineage is the deepest. Laguna is home to the house where our founding Father, Hobie Alter, crafted his first surfboards in a front yard on PCH. Dana Point is where our very first shop was born 60 years ago. Orange County and it’s residents are in the soul of everything we do.

A while back, we decided to up our commitment to our local communities by going all out for the shop town’s holiday festivals!! Over the weekend,  you will get a chance to hit up Laguna Beach, San Clemente, Corona Del Mar and Dana Point for wintery good times! Here is a run down on what is happening, where and when. Can’t wait to see you all!!

Friday December 1st :: Hospitality Night at Hobie Laguna Beach.

Events on Forrest Ave run from 5-9pm with the street closed down. In our shop we will have Live Music from Laguna locals, MoonShine, the ever popular Hobie Face Painting booth (truly, you aren’t at Hospitality Night if you don’t rock the Rudolph Nose!!) , and a Bake Sale Benefiting the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club.

 

Saturday December 2nd :: Puttin’ on the Glitz at both San Clemente Hobie Shops.

Events on Del Mar street run  from 6pm-10pm with the street closed to traffic. Our Men’s Shop will have a Male Kalikimaka night with our friends at Reyn Spooner!! Live Ukulele Music from Wes Miller, Hawaiian coffee & cookies for all.

Our Surf Boutique will have a Bake Sale for The Boys & Girls Club. All bake sale items are being lovingly hand crafted by our amazing shop manager, Liz. She throws down in the kitchen, so don’t miss out!! Also, the return of holiday jams with live music from Liz’s Dad!

Sunday December 3rd :: Christmas Walk  at Hobie Corona Del Mar

Events on Pacific Coast Highway run from 11am-4pm. We are going all out with our new Surfing Heritage & Cultural Center annex Surf Museum with vintage surfboards, skateboards and memorabilia from the Surfing Heritage. It will be hosted by CDM manager and surf hisotrian, Andy. Live music outside the shop with the crew from The Ben Carlson Foundation, treats and drinks!!

Come on by and see us! We love welcoming you into our shops!!

Hobie Shop :: A Note From Mark Christy on the Importance of Thinking Globally & Shopping Locally.

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Hobie Alter looks out the window of the original Hobie Dana Point Shop.

 

Think Globally… Shop Locally

Joni Mitchell’s familiar refrain “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone” warns against taking the things you love for granted. And while at the time Joni was referring to paradise, trees, pure food and her boyfriend, her message resonates now for one of the key threads in the fabric of small towns, namely, local businesses.

We do indeed live in paradise! Surrounded by an incomparable coastline and rolling hills we have wonderful neighbors and lifestyles. But a critical component of our lives and towns are the storefronts we drive past every day and the shopkeeper and employees inside that work very hard to make their dream a reality by offering you something they believe in so much that they have devoted their very lives to showing it to you. But recently the emergence of point and click shopping obscures the reality that operating a successful small business, while never an easy road, is more challenging than ever.

But you won’t see the chairman of Amazon in the stands at the local Homecoming game, cheering on kids at a local surf contest or helping the local family that lost their home in a fire. That level of community involvement only happens when the business owner lives in your neighborhood, works down the block, plays hoops at the local park or paddles out at your local break. And the truth is, the vast majority of proprietors in our towns do just that. They’re sponsoring the little league teams, manning the BBQ at the game, giving discounts to the kids when they get a good report card or just waving to you when you meet on the sidewalk. They’ve been there for years so you might even take them for granted, but trust me, they never take your patronage for granted. Not for a minute. And if they ever leave, our towns will lose a part of what makes them so special, thread-by-thread, storefront-by-storefront. It would be more than a shame… It would be tragic and we would all lose.

So please consider doing your part to help maintain the souls of our towns. Turn off the computer, get out of your car and walk the sidewalks, our sidewalks, to rediscover the incredibly unique shops just down the street. It’s easy, it’s fun and you’ll discover some cool goods and services that you can’t find online while meeting some pretty nice folks in the process.

Thankfully, most of the people I talk to “get it” and understand that the quality of their lives depends in part on the holistic integrity of the community that surrounds them. The health of our town is akin to the health of our bodies and online shopping is like drive through fast food. It’s something to eat, but it sure as heck ain’t home cookin’.

Mark Christy