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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.
A bronze sculpture of Hobie riding his famed Hobie Cat 14′ Catamaran is currently being designed and built as a memorial to the Southern California icon. This life-size sculpture will be a visually stunning feature located at the heart of the City of Dana Point across from the Dana Point Harbor.
The memorial is set to be unveiled on Friday, October 26, 2018. We are planning a grand regatta of Hobie Cats in the Dana Point Harbor with over 50 boats from around the world on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
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.
Hobie Phil Edwards Balsa Board: $5,000
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.
In addition to the board, your name will appear on the plaque at the base of the memorial. 100% of proceeds go to the development of the Hobie Alter Memorial Foundation and the memorial bronze sculpture in Dana Point.
For “Gold” members, your name will also appear on the plaque at the base of the memorial.
You can mail check donations to the address below. Please make your check out to “Hobie Memorial Foundation.” All donations are tax deductible.
Hobie Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 195, Dana Point, CA 92629
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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.