Cate’s Stoke: Holiday Gift Guide

Part 5: Stocking Stuffers & Last Minute Gifts

Last, but not least, we have stocking stuffers! Stocking Stuffers are easily the most forgotten part of Christmas! The back half of the season goes so fast, and before you know it, Christmas is here! I put together a list of last-minute gift ideas and stocking stuffers to help finish holiday gifting out strong!

For the Coffee Connoisseur:

We all have that friend who is obsessed with going to different coffee shops over the weekend, so get them some coffee and a cute mug to go along with it! Hobie created a couple of coffee roasts that taste amazing and have the cutest artwork on the cover. Stores also have a wide selection of adorable mugs, guaranteed to make anyone smile!

For the Sock Lover:

Stance makes the cutest Christmas socks along with many other styles that are sold at all shops. These are the perfect add-on gift and one that everyone will love! They are super festive and are made out of the softest and cozy material.

For the Surfer:

An excellent last-minute gift idea for surfers is something we all use daily: wax and leashes. You can also throw in a super fun print or pillow from Aloha to Zen, a super fun company that has some fantastic pillows, shirts, and prints. Another good idea is a towel because they are used continuously throughout the year, and good ones can be hard to find! Pendleton makes the best qaulity beach blankets with the prettiest designs! As well, Nomadix makes “the only towel you need,” which can be a towel, yoga mat, blanket, as well as many other things!

For the Beauty Fanatic:

For the person that loves Beauty products, get them Pirette. They make the best smelling perfume (I use it daily!) along with many other products. This year the created a gift set complete with a full-sized perfume, body oil, and a travel-size candle. It is all wrapped up in the cutest box, ready to be given out! You can also include a pair of Vonzipper Sunnies like the “Ya Ya!” shown above. I just got this pair and wear them daily! They are the best mix between a more modern style and the vintage cat-eye and add a little extra to any outfit.

I hope you all enjoyed learning about Hobie’s fantastic options for gifting this Holiday season! Thank you for following along!


Surfing Heritage & Culture Center: “Follow The Light” Opens


Break Out


Andrew Cowell

Larry Owen Moore, aka Flame, was born in 1948, in the land of Nixon – Whittier, California – as was I, although Flame was six years my senior.  Whittier, at the time of my youth, was an enclave of surfer energy.  I grew up in a neighborhood dotted with characters, like colorful sprinkles on a vanilla-cake donut, where the hardcore guys beat it up and down the coast, from Baja to Santa Barbara, in search waves; school and work were mere secondary concerns.

Coming from inland, our high schools were made up of a soup of diverse cultures. For the most part everyone got along.  Like the natural world, where one ecosystem overlaps another, we’d integrate.  I’m still amazed when looking back on those innocent days, of the joy rides taken in a Mexican friends lowered ’66 Chevy Nomad and cruzin’ Whitter Boulevard on a Friday night.  It was in this salad bowl of humanity that Flame emerged.

Like all hard-core inland surfers, by 1970, Larry found himself posted up at the beach, and no ordinary beach at that.  Larry found habitation in Newport Beach, directly across the Pacific Coast Highway form River Jetties.  In 1970, I was a high school sophomore with a driver’s license, and other than Huntington Cliffs, River Jetties was the place to be.  Back then a pier existed there.  That pier, in an agreeable collaboration with the Santa Ana River, deposited great sand-banks along both sides of the towering structure.  Here, shallow, hard-breaking, barreling waves piled up and spent their energy.  A miss timed take-off often resulted in a sand scrubbing facial, while the very real risk of a broken nose or collarbone or concussion was always present.  This wave was home to all of Newport’s hottest – Ed Farwell, Junior Beck, Lenny Foster, and John Van Ornum come to mind.  These were single-fin days, and these guys would get so barreled in these sand-sucking waves.

On to this stage rides Flame, a good surfer himself, armed with a debtors Pentax K1000 SLR, and 400-millimeter Vivitar lens, without which he may never have taken a photograph.  “The key to a good shot…,” Larry explained years later, “… [was] to have good surfers.”  In the beginning Larry and his friends gave no thought to the magazines, they just wanted to get the “Shot.”  Armed with the trusty Pentax, and either black and white or Kodachrome 64 slide film, Flame ventured forward, constructing a crude water housing and sending his photos to the magazines, and the rest as they say, is history.

For more about Larry “Flame” Moore, his photography, the Follow the Light grant program, and this year’s recipients, head on over to the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center (SHACC) at

Phil Edwards by Andrew Cowell

“Waves can’t be the god of the sport; if they were, we’d all live in Hawaii.  It has to be getting out in it that counts – surfing because you love to surf, and getting pumped full of life and whip and snap.”

Phil Edwards, also known as “The Guayule Kid” was born in 1938, in Long Beach, California; the year that the Church of England acknowledged the theory of evolution, Benny Goodman introduced jazz at Carnegie Hall, and heavyweight boxer, Joe Lewis, KO’s Nathan Mann in 3 for the title.

Nine years down the road, Edwards and family relocated to Oceanside, California, where the seed of surfing took root in his psyche and blossomed in the physical.  Taken aback by the sight of Oceanside’s surfing lifeguards, Phil recounts that “the sight of them set me on fire…, I went home and came back, dragging my paddleboard in a staggering, waving tail through the sand, my pride and joy, and I wrestled it into the water, [paddled out to the waves, turned and caught one,] jumped up… and rode the board all the way in to the beach….  In the next few minutes a surfer was made, not born….  Don’t miss understand, I was not yet a surfer.  I fought and swam, I paddled, fell down, drowned a little, tipped over, got thrown off, drowned a little more, paddled and worked for another two years before I ever caught another wave.”

By the age of 15, Phil was on his way when introduced to Killer Dana, a graduate level wave, now drowned under the somber granitic rocks and still waters of Dana Point Harbor.  Chaperoned by Jim “Burrhead” Dever, the young Edwards delivered a Master’s thesis on wave riding that has forever changed how a wave could be ridden.  Burrhead and Phil took off on a looming wave together, and when his mentor yelled, “head for the green!” as was custom on such a dangerous wave, Edwards reversed course, cutback towards the curl, then filled his board around and ran to the nose, attacking the wave where those before him ran for safety.  A new standard for surfing had been set.

It is well documented that Phil had a love/hate relationship with surfing competitions.  He entered a few but never won one, and it didn’t matter one bit.  The trophy-chasers won, but it was the unquantifiable areas of his style that couldn’t be scored: his timing, transitions, and gestures that set him apart.  When it came to contest surfing Edwards had two theories: first the stylist.  One who “concentrates primarily on maintaining control at all times – with good form.  This naturally limits maneuverability and tricks…, but looks smoother.  The stylist he states,” [sees] a wave [as] simply a beautiful expression of nature and respected as reason enough to participate.”  On the other hand, there’s the “get the job done” contestant; trophy chasers and performers.  These “surfers do many things on a board and are willing to lose some control and composure and even take an occasional spill.”  The wave is incidental.  “A gym or a track field would serve the same purpose.”

In December, 1961, Hawaii’s Bonzai Pipeline was deemed too dangerous to ride.  The cavernous wave roared out of deep water, rose to the heights of skyscrapers and broke over flesh-shredding coral and lava rock, in very shallow water.  While on a causal afternoon surf check, Phil and surf film maker Bruce Brown, of Endless Summer fame, stood alone on the beach at the Pipeline.  Could this wave be ridden?  Phil determined that the time was now.    He believed it was possible to ride the Pipeline.  As he waxed his board, Bruce ran to the car for his camera.  On his return, he found Phil already entering the water.  While Phil positioned himself, Bruce setup.  Sighting his wave, Phil spun his board shoreward, arms digging gaping holes in the ocean’s surface, in order to catch the approaching thing.  Standing, Phil plummeted down the concave face, turned at the bottom as the wave through its guillotine-like lip over his head.  Entombed and racing the cascading swell for daylight, Phil emerged to the relative safety of the wave’s shoulder, rode directly to the beach; mission accomplished, and Bruce had the historical ride on film.

Edwards’ surfing skill, contribution to the sport, knowledge of the sea, and public persona won him the inaugural, 1964 Surfer magazine reader’s poll.  Phil was different, wrote one journalist.  His surfing was elegant and improvisational, smooth and fast.  It appears as though he was having a conversation with the wave.  Phil Edwards surfed into history bring an endless stream of surf riders along with him.  For his part in surfing, he will be forever enshrined in surfing history.

Hobie Surfboards: Makala “Harmony” Smith Model

Andrew Cowell

Milestones are hard to achieve. They maybe come around once in a career. In business they come less frequently, if at all. For Hobie Alter and the Hobie brand the hits just kept on coming. First, as a studied young man designing and shaping balsa wood surfboards in the early ‘50s. Then there was the deliberate design and construction of a dedicated facility for the sole purpose of manufacturing surfboards, with a fixed space for sales and gathering; a first. Next, his understanding of the unsuitability of balsa wood for surfboards in the long term, thus leading to the groundbreaking development of the first commercially available polyurethane foam core specifically made for surfboard construction. The first signature model – Phil Edwards – surfboard. Later, and this was the biggie, the design, development, and construction of an affordable, highly-prized, beach launchable Hobie Cat catamaran, upending the exclusivity of the sailing world. There’s more, but these are the benchmarks.

Leading edge firsts are a Hobie hallmark. With Hobie’s passing in 2014 our single-minded purpose to continue his innovative legacy was determined to be instrumental to the brands continued success. Although team riders and signature models are not new, we at Hobie Surfboards are adding young, talented, bare-footed adventurers to our rooster. First up: Makala Smith. Makala is a supremely talented professional surfer from Dana Point, California, and a recent invitee to The Vans Duct Tape Invitational.

Sponsored by SEEA, we have entered into a surfboard collaboration that provides Makala with unique surfboards designed and shaped by Hobie shaper Michael Arenal. Her boards offer an individual take on longboarding and noseriding. They are decidedly American in design with an Australian twist, like a flaming hot Bloody Mary — spicy! The U.S./Aussie fusion combines a balanced foil, flat bottom, and 50/50 rails, creating a predictable ride, perfect for noseriding. Makala’s model carries a balanced volume from nose to tail, while the softly blended nose concave smoothly transitions into a “speed thrills” flat bottom. A centered wide-point eliminates the wild, bucking bronco feel of a traditional, hippy, wide-point behind center surfboard, without diverting the eye from its sensuous outline.

The future looks bright as we honor Hobie Alter and his legacy of innovation and design, while keeping a steely eye on why we surf, to have fun, and as a matter of principle, never having to wear hard-soled shoes.

Introducing Cate’s Stoke: Prepared to get Stoked!!

Hi all!

My name is Cate Stokes and this is my blog, Cate’s Stoke! This blog, sponsored by Hobie, is going to include all you need to know about Women’s Surfing, especially longboard culture! But first, a quick introduction…

I have been surfing since the age of 11. As soon as I popped up on my first wave, I was hooked! I started competing when I was 12 and longboarding at 14 years old. In high school, I joined the surf team and, when I was in 9th grade, I was sponsored by Hobie! It is such a great company to work with and I am so thankful for all their support over the years! At 16, I started working at the Hobie store in Dana Point shop and have been there ever since. Come say hello if you ever see me working! I started this blog in conjunction with the Hobie team to report on women’s surfing and showcase what is happening in the surf world. I hope you enjoy the content I am planning for you all and feel free to contact me, I would love to hear from you!

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