Beach Road Surfing Brotherhood

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The Beach Road Surfing Brotherhood Beach Road and its Capistrano Beach was the focal point of the so-called “Dana Point Mafia”*, so named (perhaps inappropriately) by the Los Angeles Times, and others associated with developing the surfing industry. Brief descriptions of these men in alphabetical order follow: Alter, Hobie: surfer, tandem surfer, skier, motorcyclist, swimmer and all-around waterman in his youth; became synonymous with the...

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The Outrigger Canoe

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Lorrin “Whitey” Harrison and the Outrigger Canoe “Lorrin ‘Whitey’ Harrison lived life totally for the moment. All of those moments were steeped in tradition. They ranged from his wife Cecelia’s family adobe dating back to the late 1700’s, where she was raised and where they resided together from 1946 to Lorrin’s death in 1993. Another tradition was Lorrin’s early surfing along the California coast beginning...

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Home of the Catamaran

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Dana Point/Capistrano Beach: Home of Catamaran and Sailing Champions Alter, Hobie: Designer/Manufacturer of the Hobie Cat; Catamaran Sailor Magazine’s National Hall of Fame Schafer, Wayne: two Hobie 14 National Championships, two Hobie 16 Southern California Divisionals, retired the Ancient Mariner Series trophy at Newport Beach after winning it three times, and won the McCullock Trophy for best all-around sailor in a Hobie 16 at Lake Havasu...

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Hobie Alter

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Hobie Alter and the Rise of Modern Surfboards Hobie Alter revolutionized surfing through innovative tools, materials, techniques and finishes for surfboards, including: First building constructed for the purpose of manufacturing and retailing surfboards. Hobie’s Dana Point surf shop was built in 1953 and opened early in 19541 First to perfect shaped foam boards2 (1958) First commercially successful polyurethane foam surfboard design3...

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Surfing Firsts and Bests

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Most popular and widely seen surf film in the world: “The Endless Summer”: Bruce Brown1 First & most influential surfing publication in the world: Surfer Magazine, John Severson)2 First commercially successful polyurethane foam surfboard: Hobie Alter3 Most produced catamaran in the world, the Hobie Cat: Hobie Alter4 Best surfer in the world in the early 1960s: Phil Edwards5,6 First winner of a professional surf contest: Mickey...

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