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4 Apr 2014 Hobie Alter Service celebrating and honouring Hobie
31 Mar 2014 Rest in Peace Hobie Alter The Passing of a Legend
24 Mar 2014 16th South African Hobie 16 Championships to Blaine Dodds
18 Mar 2014 Blaine Dodds wins South African Hobie 14 Championships
15 Mar 2014 3rd South American Hobie 16 Championships
18 Feb 2014 2014 Hobie North American Championships announced
31 Oct 2013 Hobie MultiEuropeans announced Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain 27th June -5th July 2014
 

Hobie Alter Service celebrating and honouring Hobie


Hobie Alter
Hobie Designs Inc, Friday, 4 April 2014
Dear Friends,
 
I'm sure that most of you have heard the sad news, my father passed away last Saturday at home with his family by his side.
Hobie had been battling cancer for the last 5 years and it finally got the best of him.  
He had a great positive attitude and a strong will to live the entire time.
I'll miss him very much.  He was such a nice person, a wonderful father, an inspiration to so many people.
 
Please see the invitation to Celebrate the Life of Hobie Alter.    
 
I hope you can come celebrate his life with us,
 
Hobie P. Alter   (Jr to some of you)
 
PS – You may forward this Invitation to your friends who knew my dad and would want to attend the memorial.

 

Celebrating and Honoring the Life of Hobie Alter

April 10th - Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course (formerly Ben Brown’s)
Service will be on the 9th Fairway from 4:30-6pm

Please do not arrive before 3:30 you will not be able to access the property.¨In honor of Hobie, preferred dress attire is beach casual; coats & ties not necessary
(This time of year it can be cold in Aliso Canyon)

Laguna Beach Trolley shuttle service provided from South PCH - Salt Creek to Aliso Creek Inn. Shuttle will pick up at all bus stops between Salt Creek and Aliso Creek.¨Free parking available at Aliso Creek Inn, South Coast Mission Hospital.Metered parking at Aliso Beach and Salt Creek Parking Lot

Aliso Creek Inn
31106 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 499-2271

April 18th, 2014 - Public Paddle Out and Remembrance
“Ride them if you have them”

Boats and Boards Welcome
Doheny State Beach 4-7pm.

On the water ceremony to begin approximately at 4.30pm

Doheny State Beach has graciously opened its gates free of charge from 4pm - 7pm. Please come and join us on the water to celebrate¨Hobie’s life and legacy doing what he wanted us all to do

“Have a Hobie Day”.

** No beach boat launching permitted for this event all boat launching to take place in Dana Point Harbor. All vessels must adhere to local boating rules and regulations

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation to one of the following organizations

Orcas Island Volunteer Firefighters Association
In memory of Hobie Alter’. Mail donations to: Barbara Bedell c/o Fire Station 24, PO Box 370 ,Deer Harbor, WA 98243

Surfing Heritage Culture Center
Hobie Alter Scholarship Fund
http://www.surfingheritage.org

Sport of Kings Foundation
In Memory of Hobie Alter PO Box 2499 Capistrano Beach, CA 92624
http://sportofkingsfoundation.org

 

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 Memorial service

 

Rest in Peace Hobie Alter The Passing of a Legend


Hobie Alter tribute
Hobie.com, Monday, 31 March 2014
San Juan Capistrano, CA - March 30, 2014
Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards, and ended up shaping a culture, passed away peacefully at his Palm Desert home on March 29 surrounded by his loving family. Born on October 31, 1933 in Ontario, California, he was 80 at the time of his passing.
 
The recently published biography “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves”reveals the story of this true Renaissance man. The son of a second-generation orange farmer, Hobie flourished spending time at his family’s Laguna Beach summer home. And it was here in the family’s garage back in 1950 where he began his somewhat accidental career by combining his two loves, wood shop and water, crafting handmade 9 foot balsawood surfboards for his friends. Business was good, and his father had grown tired of the sawdust, so in 1954 Hobie would open the area’s first surf shop in Dana Point. But as demand continued to grow, balsawood was becoming scarce, and even with Hobie’s creative assembly line, the wooden board building process was cumbersome. This is where Hobie’s extraordinary gift for self-taught, “outside the box” engineering rose to the challenge. Through a top-secret trial and error process, and along with friend and employee Gordon “Grubby” Clark, Hobie pioneered the development of the foam surfboard. With the lighter and more responsive boards, and his gift for design and commitment to uncompromising quality, Hobie quickly became the number one surfboard brand in the world. The list of legendary surfers and shapers that worked or rode for Hobie is a virtual Hall of Fame and his success is seen as the launch point for California’s iconic surf industry. Hobie himself was a top surfing competitor.
 
Having success with surfing, Hobie turned his attention to his other water-based passion, and after another series of tireless design testing, Hobie unveiled his namesake “Hobie Cat” which is credited with bringing high-performance sailing from the yacht club to the masses. “The Cat that Can Fly” could be launched off any beach and soon became one of the world’s top selling sailboats. But his curious mind and constant tinkering didn’t stop there. A few of his other inventions include creating the “Hobie Hawk” a high-performance remote controlled glider (another of his lifetime passions). He also designed the hugely successful Hobie Super Surfer skateboard, sculpted a revolutionary 33-foot mono-hull sailboat, pioneered a “Float Cat” for fly-fishing and built the “Katie Sue” (named for his mother Katie and his wife Susan), an awe-inspiring 60-foot power catamaran from scratch.
 
As the result of this serial innovation, the name Hobie has come to mean a great deal to the world. But it is the integrity of the person behind the name that has meant so much more to family and friends. A humble man of incomparable character, he made it clear that the one thing of which he was most proud, was his family. His sister recently recalled that their father taught Hobie early on to always tell the truth, no matter the consequence, and that any deal worth doing could be done with a handshake. It was a lesson that Hobie incorporated into every aspect of his personal and professional life, and one that he passed on to his own children as well as those that interacted with him in his various enterprises. He was incredibly giving of his love, his time, his resources and his expertise. Always the first to do whatever was necessary to help those in need. Yet he never wanted any accolades or recognition. His kindness, sage counsel and generosity literally transformed countless lives. But as he was quick to say, “A lot of people helped me along the way, I’m just trying to return the favor”.
 
In discussing the future with friends as a young man Hobie declared that he wanted to make a living without having to wear hard-soled shoes or work east of California’s Pacific Coast Highway. By “Making people a toy and giving them a game to play with it” he was able to realize this dream. And in the process, he introduced the world to an outdoor lifestyle and collection of products that made things just a bit more fun for all of us. Hobie’s passing will leave an incredible void in the world of surfing, sailing and watersports. But as with any great author, actor or artist, the legacy of his work, and the strong wake of his innovations will live on forever. And for his family and friends, the lessons he taught, the quiet, moral and ethical example he set and the lingering warmth of his abiding love will comfort them as long as they live.
 
With his loving wife Susan at his side, Hobie lived life as an adventure spending years on the lakes and ski slopes of McCall, Idaho, navigating the Katie Sue through the channels near their home in Orcas Island, Washington and hitting the links at Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, California. In addition to Susan, he is survived by his sisters Carolyn and Lillian, his daughter Paula and her partner Ian, son Hobie Jr. and his wife Stephanie, son Jeff and his wife Laurie, grandchildren Cortnie and husband Dylan, Brittany, Scotty, Cody, Ashlyn, Tyler, Noelle and Justin, great-granddaughter Serena, and many close friends that were always made to feel like they were immediate family.
 
Hobie received the Waterman Achievement award from the Surfing Industry Manufacturers Association in 1993, was inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame in 1997 and admitted as an inaugural member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2011 alongside Dennis Connor and Ted Turner.
 
Details of Memorial Services are pending, and in keeping with the tradition of the Waterman, there will also be a surfer’s “Paddle Out” in front of the family’s Oak Street home in Laguna Beach, where it all began. Date/time TBD.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation to either:
 
Sport of Kings Foundation – in Memory of Hobie Alter
PO Box 2499 Capistrano Beach, CA 92624
 
Surfing Heritage Culture Center – Hobie Alter Scholarship Fund
 
Orcas Island Community Foundation – Deer Harbor Volunteer Fire Department– in Memory of Hobie Alter
www.oicf.us


Hobie Alter

Hobie Alter

Hobie Alter

Ted Turner and Hobie Alter
 

16th South African Hobie 16 Championships to Blaine Dodds


Blaine and Roxanne Dodds
David Brookes, Monday, 24 March 2014

It has been a busy month for Blaine Dodds. First taking out the South African Hobie 14 National Championships. Now taking out winning the South African Hobie 16 Championships at Port Elizabeth with his daughter Roxanne. Blaine has won the South African Hobie 16 National Championships an incredible 16 times.

It was a hard fought battle at the front with husband and wife team William and Lucinda Edwards.

Full results to come 

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 Results


Blaine and Roxanne Dodds

Colin's Hobie van

Repairs to be made

Fergie offering the Hobie support
 

Blaine Dodds wins South African Hobie 14 Championships


Blaine Dodds
John Ryall, Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Surprise, surprise the winner was none other than Blaine Dodds back on his home waters. The good thing was that we had another Hobie 14 Nationals which is fantastic for the future especially with the younger generation coming to the fore. Peter Blaine Dodds didn’t feature in the results but was seen out on a 14 on the Saturday. Four out of the first six came from Knysna Yacht Club !

 East London was its normal self with big seas and exciting sailing as you have to tack inshore in the big surf to get the advantage – exciting in a Hobie 14 when you are not sure if you will make a clean tack each time – 

 

Position

Name

Surname

Club

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Race 6

Race 7

Race 8

Race 9

Race 10

Total

Nett

1

Blaine

Dodds

KYC

3.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

12.0

8.0

2

Don

Tait

KYC

1.0

2.0

2.0

5.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

3.0

23.0

15.0

3

John

McGillivray

ABYC

7.0

6.0

6.0

3.0

3.0

6.0

4.0

3.0

4.0

4.0

46.0

33.0

4

Declan

Nurse

KYC

2.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

5.0

10.0

9.0

5.0

6.0

DNC

61.0

36.0

5

Peter

Hall

PYC

8.0

4.0

3.0

7.0

DNC

4.0

DNC

4.0

2.0

6.0

68.0

38.0

6

Don

Brink

KYC

5.0

7.0

10.0

4.0

8.0

3.0

6.0

10.0

5.0

3.0

61.0

41.0

7

John

Ryall

FBSC

12.0

5.0

5.0

11.0

6.0

9.0

5.0

7.0

7.0

5.0

72.0

49.0

8

Charles

Girard

LDYC

11.0

11.0

9.0

8.0

8.0

4.0

5.0

3.0

DNC

DNC

93.0

63.0

9

Douglas

White

TCC

6.0

10.0

9.0

10.0

10.0

7.0

DNC

6.0

8.0

7.0

88.0

63.0

10

Klaas

de Rooy

TSC

4.0

DNF

DNC

6.0

9.0

8.0

7.0

8.0

9.0

DNC

96.0

66.0

11

Phillip

Miller

TCC

10.0

8.0

7.0

DNC

11.0

12.0

11.0

9.0

10.0

8.0

101.0

74.0

12

Gary

Hubach

PYC

DNC

DNC

DNC

9.0

7.0

DNC

8.0

DNC

DNC

DNC

129.0

99.0

13

Mark

Gale

ELYC

9.0

DNC

DNC

12.0

12.0

11.0

10.0

DNC

DNC

DNC

129.0

99.0

14

Nic

Ryall

ZVYC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

150.0

120.0

 

 

 

3rd South American Hobie 16 Championships


Maria Farinha
David Brookes, Saturday, 15 March 2014

Pan Am Games Qualifier for the Hobie 16

The 3rd South American Championship Hobie Cat 16 will take place from 6 -9 November  2014. The races take place in  Maria Farinha, north coast of the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. The event will be the qualifying event to the appropriate countries for the Hobie 16 to compete in the upcoming Pan American Games.

Other Links
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 Notice of Race
 Notice of Race with English

 

2014 Hobie North American Championships announced


HCANA logo
HCANA, Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Hobie 17 North American's
North Cape Yacht Club, Michigan
June 15-20, 2014
 
Hobie 18 Women's and Hobie 16 Trapseat North American's
COSA, BC Canada
June 26-29, 2014
 
Hobie 14, Wave and Hobie 16 Youth North American's
Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club
Atlantic Highlands, NJ
July 10-12, 2014
 
Hobie 18, 20, Tiger and Wildcat North American's
Huntington Lake, CA
August 4-8, 2014
Scott Erwin wscotterwin@yahoo.com  or (805) 610-7812
 
Hobie 16 North American's
Lewes Yacht Club, Lewes, DE
September 22-26, 2014
 

Hobie MultiEuropeans announced Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain 27th June -5th July 2014


2014 Hobie MultiEuropeans
David Brookes, Thursday, 31 October 2013

The next Hobie MultiEuropeans will be at Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain from 27th June until 5th July 2014.

Following classes will be sailing: Hobie Dragoon, Hobie 14, Hobie 16, Hobie Tiger and Hobie Wild Cat.

• WildCat & Tiger European training with Gerard Loos

The EHCA will provide a training for Tiger and WildCat’s with
long time Hobie expert Gerard Loos.
This training will be held on Monday 30th June and Tuesday 1rst July.

• Hobie 16 European clinic with Marco Iazzetta (to be confirmed)

The EHCA will also provide a Hobie 16 clinic with multiple European Champion Marco Iazzetta on Saturday 28th June and Sunday 29th June.

VSR France, as being a class sponsor, will provide for both training sessions a coach boat.

• GPS tracking system powered by Seesailing®

This year will be the first Europeans that we want to introduce tracking devices onboard of boats. At this time we can’t tell you how many trackers we will have but our goal is give the audience a nice and clear overview of live racing over the web and broadcasted on big TV screen at the Club house. More details to be announced soon.

• Lots of FUN GUARANTEED with daily Hobie Beach Games

We want to make sure that you don’t miss out of FUN during the Europeans while being on the beach and waiting for the wind. Therefore we will re-introduce our Hobie Beach Games such as tug- of-war, beach soccer, mainsheet contest and many other great activities for kids and older grown up’s ;)

• Charter boats available for overseas teams supplied by Hobie Cat Europe®
As every year, Hobie Cat Europe® is proposing a limited number of available charter boats for overseas teams.

For any requests or reservations please send your email to: hobiecat@hobie-cat.net

Charter boat fees:
HC16 = 1 450 € (with or without spinnaker) transport and tax

included

Wild Cat / Tiger = 1.650 € without spi or 1.800 with spi transport and tax included

Promotional price for the HC16 spinnaker kit:

An offer at 1.005 Euros ex-Vat per spi kit.
Also offer a special price of 639 Euros ex-Vat per replacement spinnaker.
Please address demand to: alberto.hobie@gmail.com 

Other Links
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 Notice of Race