Published by Croul Publications and designed by SDA Creative, Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves was produced as a tribute to Hobie Alter, the legendary surfboard master craftsman, who created a model for everything the surf lifestyle and industry stand for today – doing exactly what he wanted to do – having a great time, in, on, and around the ocean.
In the early 1950’s, Hobie Alter forged ahead, ignoring the advice of friends and family, shaping surfboards from balsa and fiberglass for himself and a few friends in the garage of his family’s summer house. By the end of 1953, he had made some 80 boards and become proficient in doing so. His parents fed up with the mess in their garage, helped Hobie move to a small workshop near Dana Point that was on Pacific Coast Highway, a well-traveled road by surfers looking for waves along the Southern California coastline.
By the 1960’s Hobie had developed polyurethane foam core surfboard blanks that modernized the business at the time when surfing became a youth culture sensation with the release of the movie Gidget. Not long thereafter, Hobie also impacted the surf lifestyle industry by developing skateboarding, which offered sidewalk surfing to landlocked middle America, and the Hobie 14 catamaran, which democratized sailing, making it an affordable sport.
To capture the Hobie Alter lifestyle and the colorful images of the ocean, sails, and sky, this 296-page smyth sewn case bound book is wrapped with a bright blue linen cloth, decorated with satin gold foil stamping on the cover and spine and a colorful tipped-on image of a Hobie Cat tacking across the bay.
The deluxe edition of Hobie is encased in a matching bright blue linen clamshell adorned with a 3D replica badge of the Hobie Cat Worldwide logo on the face and lined with bright yellow wood-free paper on the inside to evoke the sun.