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Hobie Alter, Surfing and Sailing Pioneer, Dies at 80

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, whose innovations revolutionized surfing and sailing, died in California on Saturday at the age of 80. Alter died in his home in Palm Desert on Saturday after a long bout with cancer. In 1958, Alter worked with Gordon “Grubby” Clark  to perfect the first polyurethane foam surfboards. Their alternative to the heavier balsa wood model was faster, less expensive, …

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Surfing Innovator Hobie Alter Passes Away At 80

The world of watersports lost a great man on Saturday. Hobart “Hobie” Alter, the man responsible for turning surfing and sailing into popular water activities passed away in his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 80 years old. Alter is best known for making a lightweight and high-performance sailboat, which he named “Hobie Cat”, as well as the mass …

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