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Hobie Alter

Laguna Beach, California, 2013
My dad encouraged me to go into the surfboard business. He didn’t think I was going anywhere in school.

The quotes below are from Paul Holmes’ 2013 biography Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves. Holmes and Alter recorded their conversations in the winter of 2012-2013. 

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BROOKS STREET, LAGUNA, 1950
I’d been wanting a surfboard, and my dad bought me a 12-foot Catalina paddleboard, a skinny board with a pointed nose and no fin that weighed about 55 pounds. At low tide when there were one- or two-foot waves, my little group of friends would ride our paddleboards, standing up. We’d neve...