With support from the City of Dana Point and generous donors like you, the memorial statue of Hobie Alter is completed and stands at the foot of the welcome bridge of Dana Point, Ca. on Pacific Coast Highway across from the Dana Point Harbor. It is a magnificent display of shimmering bronze with a life-size Hobie Alter ripping through the waves on his iconic Hobie 14 Catamaran with a visually stunning full sail reaching over 15 feet tall. There is no statue like Hobie’s in the world.
Development of the park continues and will soon be open to the public. The Hobie Memorial Foundation will continue to carry out Hobie’s mission in life which is to celebrate an active, outdoor lifestyle on the ocean and at the beach, accessible to all who crave adventure.
See our feature in Latitude38 Magazine, February 2019 Issue, p. 58: https://www.latitude38.com/magazine/
In his lifetime, Hobie Alter was a creative pioneer in the evolution of the sport and lifestyle of surfing, skate-boarding, and sailing in Southern California which has reached international proportions and helped define beach culture. Starting in the 1950s and 1960s, he helped transform the sleepy coastal town of Dana Point into the epicenter of the budding surf industry. After Hobie passed away in 2014, the city and citizens of Dana Point have mobilized to pay homage to this true California original.
Below are pictures of the statue fitting.
There are several ways you can help support the memorial and the larger goals of the Hobie Memorial Foundation, which is to provide outreach to the community by providing opportunities for young folks in the form of scholarships, mentorship, and internships.
Here is how you can help honor Hobie’s memory.
Limited Edition Phil Edwards Balsa Board Surfboards $5,000 (inquire for availability)
Own a piece of history! Only 50 of these gorgeous, impeccable balsa Hobie Phil Edwards models are being produced to honor Hobie Alter and raise funds for his memorial in the Dana Point Harbor. The balsa is from Papua New Guinea and is among some of the best wood in the world. Shaped and glassed locally, numbered and signed by Edwards, own a piece of surfboard history. These are being built exclusively for the Hobie Memorial Foundation by Hobie Surfboards. There is limited availability so please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
100% of proceeds go to the development of the Hobie Alter Memorial Foundation and the memorial bronze sculpture in Dana Point.
You can mail check donations to the address below in any amount. Please make your check out to “Hobie Memorial Foundation.” All donations are tax deductible. For a receipt, please email email@example.com and we will get back to you in 7-10 days.
Hobie Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 195, Dana Point, CA 92629
See the amazing construction of the life-size bronze statue:
Watch Hobie’s inspiring story below.
(Permission courtesy of Hobie Cat Company)
For an in-depth understanding of the surfing and sailing culture in Dana Point beginning in the 1930’s, and how Hobie Alter was intrinsic to the shaping of its history, see Bruce Beal’s manuscript, “Oceanic Heritage Paper & Projects, Surfing and Sailing,” which includes revealing oral history accounts.
Dennis Olsen (1941-2019), also known as “Captain Dennis,” was Hobie’s second employee at Hobie Surfboards and you can make a donation to the foundation in his name. For more information about Captain Dennis, please see “Events.”