Hobie’s dream was born in his parents’ garage in 1950, when Hobie decided to apply his love of woodworking to the sport of surfing. Dad backed out the Buick to make room for a shipment of balsawood, Hobie got out his drawknife and carved out his very first surfboard. Friends soon started dropping by and before you knew it there was no room left for the Buick—Hobie’s business of fun had begun.
Hobie and the sport grew together. A couple of years and 40 tons of sawdust later, Hobie opened up Southern California’s first surf shop in Dana Point. Then in 1958 Hobie and buddy Gordon “Grubby” Clark began experimenting with new materials, literally inventing the polyurethane foam surfboard. The new boards were lighter, faster and easier to ride than anything else in the water. Suddenly everyone wanted to be a surfer—and every surfer wanted a Hobie.
By the mid-1960s, while the Beach Boys were making records, the legendary Hobie Surf Team was setting them. Hobie’s lineup was a veritable Who’s Who of surfing greats. Phil Edwards, Joey Cabell, Corky Carroll, Micky Munoz, Joyce Hoffman, Joey Hamasaki, Gary Propper, Billy Hamilton and Herbie Fletcher are just a few of the champions who supported the distinctive Hobie diamond logo over the years.
In the late 60’s Hobie started messing around in boats. Hobie developed a prototype for a lightweight, fast and easy-to-sail playboat based on the Polynesian twin-hulled catamaran. History soon repeated itself. What Hobie’s foam surfboard did for surfing, the Hobie Cat did for sailing, introducing a whole new way to have fun in the sun and revolutionizing an industry in the process. In the past four decades, more people have taken to the water on a Hobie Cat than almost any other sailboat design. Hobie Cats are still the world’s best selling cats and it’s hard to find a body of water on any continent that doesn’t have an active Hobie racing fleet.
In the years to follow, plenty of other ocean innovations emerged from Hobie’s imagination: the Hobie Power Skiff, a 33’ monohull sailer, a 60’ ocean voyaging power cat and innovative fishing floats and a wide range of kayaks. Hobie’s logo has meant the very best in everything from radiocontrolled gliders, skateboards, world-famous polarized sunglasses and sportswear.
It seems incredible that one man’s vision could provide so much fun for watermen and women the world over, but in that department, Hobie Alter stands alone. He didn’t just create toys, he created a way of life, a new way of looking at our watery world. The dream born on the beach in 1950 has become reality not just for Hobie but for new generations of dreamers, all of whom continue to spell fun in the sun, the surf and the sand with a flying capitol H. -The Hobie Cat Company.
Hobie Surf Shop and Quiksilver proudly present ‘A Talk with Tommy’.
Come hear first hand stories from Australian legend and world champion surfer, Tom Carroll. Tom will be present at our Dana Point location on 3/17/2015 sharing video and thoughts from his past accomplishments, like ‘the snap heard round the world’, what it takes to be a world champion, and what it is like reigniting his career by chasing big waves around the globe.
The talk will be moderated by none other then Quiksilver Co-Founder, Bob McKnight. McKnight is a legend in his own right as well. He was the guiding force behind the global surf brands rise to dominance, which remains – after decades of ups and downs – the largest surfwear company in the world. He was the driver of the legendary Quiksilver VW bus that drove boardshorts directly to surf shops up and down the coast back in the 70’s. McKnight retired as CEO of the company in late 2014.
Aside from ‘The Talk’, we will have some of Quiksilvers ‘Modern Original’ boardshorts from eras past on display, live music, live surfboard shaping with Hobie master shaper Gary Larson, barbecue , raffles, and giveaways. This event is free and the entire surfing community is invited to attend!
Event Details :: ‘A Talk with Tommy’
Come hear stories from the legend, Tom Carroll, himself and check out some of Quiksilver’s original boardshorts. The talk will be moderated by Quiksilver Co-founder, Bob McKnight.
Location :: Hobie Surf Shop in Dana Point
34174 Pacific Coast HWY
Dana Point, CA 92629
Date & Time :: Tuesday March 17, 2015 with Music and BBQ starting at 6pm.