Without Hobie there would be no a foam blank as we know it today. Whithout Hobie we wouldn't associate the name Phil Edwards with the Hobie diamond. Without Hobie there would be no a Honolua Surf Shop chain or Brand. Without Hobie there wouldn't have been any foil logo/lams. In surfing alone you could go on and on. Naming models and innovations. Shapers, glassers etc. Henry Ford and Allen Seymour had some good stories the few times I ran into them at the San-O Contest. He was there one year. No pretense or god complex. I followed him around the "shack" looking at the old boards on display. He made comments about the history of each. Munoz, LJ Richards, Phil, Bruce Brown(heavy smoker) guess those guys are still around. Back in the 90's I had two Phil Edwards and a couple of early 60's Stock Hobies. Though I only rode one of the Phils occasionally in the right conditions; I still had a Hobie diamond in the back window of my old Chevy truck. If you want to remember Hobie; Put the Hobie diamond in your back window. That's a nice tribute to a man who did it his way. Lowel
That which can be assorted without evidence was read in an illegal magazine.
Had a couple of roommates back in the early 70's that worked for Hobie. They had to end all conversations with customers with, "Have a Hobie day".
Drove everyone nuts with that saying at the time.
Hobie was not just an innovator, but what a marketing genius.
A true legend.
"Have a Hobie day"
mako224 wrote: Surfline should be ashamed.
Surfline has been pretty lame from the get-go. Would you expect anything of substance from that website?
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may he live in our memories.................forever!
Hobies last personal boat was a unique one of a kind gem that checked all the boxes. Seaworthiness, speed, comfort and economy. He often said the years he spent cruising on this self-designed beauty were some of the best of his life. Here's his boat docked in front of his house on Orca island up in the San Juan's. His next door neighbor for many years was Warren Miller. Hobie split his time between there, his home in California, and his place on the east cape of Baja.
Some acts are hard to follow. Other, like Hobie's, just never will be.
Hobie, what else can I say but thanks. There would have been foam surfboard blanks without him, and plenty of surfboards made, but wow, what a life, and what a guy. A trip to Domingo St. when I was a grom was like seeing the promised land, and the characters that worked there through the years were the best in their time and what they did, and that had to do with him. He changed the meaning of recreation, and lifestyle. Shalom! Compared to him we are all a bunch of wannabees.
Read it carefully Sammy, GR said there would have still been foam. Dave Sweet= South Bay correct?
Not trying to be somebody here but out of respect to the man could we please keep it focused on Hobie and avoid junk between us.