HOBIE RIDING THE WAVE OF SUCCESS
The title to the memorial will be “Hobie Riding the Wave of Success.” We chose to base the memorial off of this photo because it represents Hobie himself sailing the Hobie Cat 14, the iconic design that turned “Hobie” into an international name. The Hobie memorial will be a bronzed Hobie Alter sailing a full-scale, bronzed Hobie Cat 14 atop a wave and mounted on a 5-ft high, cast concrete base. There will be bronze reliefs depicting Hobie’s surfboard-building days in the 1950’s.
The sculpture is designed by California artist, Lance Jost, known already in Dana Point for two art installations commissioned by the city. In 2008, he created two mosaics for the new pedestrian bridge at Doheny Beach that spans over Pacific Coast Highway, “Surfers at Sunset” and “Breaching Whales.” In 2011, both the City of Dana Point and the estate of Mary Ellen Thomas commissioned Jost and Yvonne English to create the “Mary Ellen Thomas Memorial Fountain,” an illuminating fountain located in La Plaza Park. In addition to Dana Point, Jost has created several California landmarks in Riverside, San Bernadino, San Juan Capistrano, and Laguna Beach.
“Hobie Riding the Wave of Success” will be located on Pacific Coast Highway across from Doheny State Park in Dana Point, California. The linear concrete park will also feature bronze statues of Hobie’s closest friends who have made surfing history; Phil Edwards, Bruce Brown, Mickey Munoz, Walter and Flippy Hoffman, Lorin Harrison, among others, who were responsible for Dana Point’s heritage in water sporting.