Hobie Alter

Posted by on Oct 25, 2007 in Surfing Heritage | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Oct 25, 2007 in Surfing Heritage | 0 comments

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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Early Surfing at Dana Cove

Posted by on Oct 26, 2006 in Surfing Heritage | 0 comments

The Early Days of Surfing at Dana Cove by Bruce Beal Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing, brought the sport here to Orange County in the 1920s. Sidney Woodruff, the developer of Hollywood(land) and later, the lantern street area of Dana Point, invited “the Duke” to Dana Cove to teach children here to surf during his visit, according to Alice Davis, Woodruff’s daughter. The US Post Office has just issued a Duke...

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Surfing and Sailing Heritage

Posted by on Oct 25, 2006 in Sailing Heritage, Surfing Heritage | 0 comments

Surfing & Sailing Heritage Projects The Society has discovered that there are at least 68 historical first and bests discovered and listed to date in the Oceanic Historical Outline for Dana Point. This document dramatically points out that Dana Point truly is historically unique. Dana Point is where the modern surfing lifestyle originated, as well as where surfing industries as the world now knows them started. From Dana Point came the...

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