MISSION STATEMENT: The Hobie Memorial Foundation is dedicated to creating a landmark featuring Hobie Alter, whose legacy is a large part of the cultural and industrial history of Dana Point through his innovations in surfing, boating, and skateboarding. Upon completion of the memorial, the Foundation will continue to work to keep Hobie’s flame alive through scholarships and active community engagement.
Meet the Board of Directors
Robbie Roberson, President
Owner, Spartan Marine Inc.
“It was a fantastic opportunity for me to work for Hobie; from the surfboard factory, to building all of his boats. It would be a great honor to supervise the construction of a memorial that will keep his flame alive so that future generations can see what an iconic entrepreneur, first-class craftsman, and a genuine good friend he was to all who know him.”
– Robbie Roberson
Bruce Beal, Vice President
Attorney at Law, Dana Point Historical Society
“As the originator and Director of the Surfing Heritage Projects of the Dana Point Historical Society, the producer of a manuscript, “Oceanic Heritage Paper & Projects, Surfing and Sailing,” which describes the unique modern surf culture and industry which originated in Dana Point, and a promoter of a bronze statue in Dana Point of Hobie for years, it is my honor and pleasure to serve on the Hobie Memorial Committee.”
– Bruce Beal
Nancy Jenkins, Treasurer
Corresponding Secretary of the Dana Point Historical Society
“I have a passion for Arts & Culture! What a wonderful opportunity to support both the arts for Dana Point, as well as our surfing and boating culture through the Hobie Alter Memorial.”
– Nancy Jenkins
Barbara Force Johannes, Board Member
President of the Dana Point Historical Society
“Surfing has been part of Dana Point’s culture since the 1930s when teens who surfed Dana Cove and the Strand, were taught to surf by Lorrin “Whitey” Harrison on surfboards made in his garage, and were amazed when he surfed “Killer Dana.”
Hobie Alter and friends carried on the tradition beginning in the 1950s-1960s when he opened the first surf shop in Dana Point, created the Hobie Cat in Capistrano Beach, and employed many of the famous surfers of the day.
The Hobie Alter Memorial offers us the opportunity to acknowledge his impressive contributions to the surfing industry and the lifestyle enjoyed by today’s watermen and waterwomen.”
– Barbara Force Johannes
Wayne Schafer was a longtime friend of Hobie, fellow surfer, and co-worker (design and development of the Hobie Cat). He is a world-renowned catamaran sailor and was inducted into the National Hall of Fame, Catamaran Sailor Magazine alongside Hobie in 1996-97.
“I was just getting into surfing and some friends told me Hobie was the guy to go to for a board. I went to his garage and we struck up a 60-year friendship. Every board I’ve ever had has been a Hobie.”
Bob Minty, Board Member
1st Vice President of Programs, Dana Point Historical Society
“It has been a thrill to research and acquire exhibits featuring Hobie’s milestones (located at the Dana Point Historical Society Museum). These exhibits feature Hobie from the sidewalks and streets balancing on his clay wheel Vita-Pakt Skateboard and motorized Surf Rider, to the sky in the magical Hobie Glider, and to the water on his beautiful custom surfboards and Hobie Cats. What a ride it has created!”
You can visit the museum at Dana Point City Hall, Suite 104, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 1:00-3:00 pm, and by appointment for groups.
Artists of the Hobie Memorial Foundation
“Hobie Alter was bigger than life for those of us that followed in his wake. I saw how gracious he was to extend opportunities to many of my close friends in the surf community. Many otherwise aimless surf bums found direction and dignity in the sports industry.
When I learned of his passing, along with my sadness I realized that he and his accomplishments must be commemorated in a public and permanent fashion. Serendipitously, the City of Dana Point recognized the importance and value of supporting the creation of a monumental bronze sculpture of Hobie, and provided an excellent, fitting, and very visible public location at the entryway to Dana Point.
I am honored and pleased to be able to design and sculpt this memorial for Hobie Alter.”
We deeply appreciate Donna Jost for her work on the Hobie Memorial website and Hobie Memorial Newsletter. Donna was integral to the launch of the Hobie Memorial project and we are grateful for her time and contribution to the Foundation.