Hobie Shop :: Patagonia Ambassador, Captain Liz Clark, Comes to Hobie Laguna Beach Tuesday April 3rd.



Join us for a night with Sailor & Surfer, Captain Liz Clark, at Hobie Laguna Beach! Tuesday, April 3rd, at 7pm. Liz will be in shop reading stories from her new book “Swell”. All ages, open to the public, free of charge!! Spread the word & see you here!!


When Liz was 9, her family spent a year sailing the Mexican coast. “That trip inspired my dream to sail around the world,” she says. After college, she turned her dream into reality, leaving Southern California in her 40-foot sailboat, Swell. Now, when not surfing perfect reef passes in the South Pacific, she’s working to raise environmental awareness through writing, film and photography.


SWELL: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening

Embarking on an adventure that most only fantasize about, Liz Clark, set forth from Santa Barbara, California, ten years ago as captain of her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, headed south toward the wonder and learning that lies beyond the unbroken horizon.

In true stories overflowing with wild waves and constant challenges, at the whim of the weather, relationships sweet and sour, nature’s marvels and colorful cultures, Liz captures her voyage in gripping detail in this memoir, sharing tales of sailing in high seas, of solitude and surprises, of finding connection to the Earth and commitment to living in harmony with it.

More than 10 years, 20,000 miles, countless adventures, and one cat later, she’s still out there.

“Journeying across the ocean is something most sailor’s just dream about. I hope to live that dream one day myself. Liz’s journey on Swell is as enjoyable as it is inspiring.” —Jimmy Buffett, Sailor and Singer/Songwriter

“Captain Liz Clark’s intrepid, joyful, courageous, beautifully illustrated, searingly personal, and occasionally harrowing memoir “Swell” is the perfect antidote to any malaise. Life is meant to be a great adventure, not a package tour. Clark’s story will inspire anyone who yearns to be at large in the world—and especially those who dream of a life aquatic.” —Susan Casey, author of Voices in the Ocean, The Wave, and The Devil’s Teeth

“Liz has excelled as a surfer, sailor, and explorer, but these descriptions do not in any way truly impart the spirit, courage and humility of her life. She is one of those rare people who has chosen to journey far from the comfort and security of the shore, to risk all and follow her heart’s calling.” —Wayne Lynch, Legendary Surfer


About Liz Clark ::

  • National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) College Women’s National Surfing Champion, 2001
  • Departed from Southern California aboard Swell, 2006
  • First open ocean crossing of 3,300 miles from Galapagos to Marquesas Islands, 2007
  • In 2007 Surfing Magazine named Liz one of five “World’s Most Committed Surfers”
  • First solo ocean crossing 3,500 miles to and from the Line Islands from French Polynesia, 2008
  • Featured in film Dear and Yonder, 2009
  • Surpassed 18,000 nautical miles of captaining Swell in the Pacific, 2011
  • Works have been published in Surfing Magazine, Surfer’s Journal, Foam Magazine, Sail Magazine, Wend Magazine, National Geographic and National Geographic Adventure, Surfer, Outside Magazine, Surfer’s Path and more. Over 500 travel blogs posted on http://www.swellvoyage.com.




Date :: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Time :: Doors Open at 7pm.

7:30pm Liz reads excerpts from her book “Swell”

8:30pm Meet & Greet, Liz signs copies of “Swell”

Location :: Hobie Surf Shop Laguna Beach 294 FOREST AVE.
LAGUNA BEACH, CA 92651 (949) 497-3304

All Ages Welcome, Open to the Public, Free of Charge to Attend, Books Available to Purchase the Night of the Event. See You Here!!




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


Collaborative museum capsule collections to be displayed at two shop locations


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.


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 Heart :: Hobie Toy Drive for CHOC!

We are proud to announce Hobie Surf Shop’s First Annual Toy Drive for Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)!


On Saturday November 26th, 2016 from 9am-7pm, join us at any Hobie Surf Shop for toy drive benefiting CHOC. Bring a new unwrapped toy or gift card and receive a 20%* discount on all purchases store wide for the day!

For a list of CHOC’s greatest needs and gifting ideas, please request a copy of their “Wish List” from our staff in store, or check out a video on Toy donations to CHOC at :: http://www.choc.org/programs-services/child-life/wish-list/

Please spread the word to friends and family and we will see you on Saturday the 26th!


*Excludes SUP’s, Surfboards, and Sale Merchandise