It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Hobart “Hobie” Alter, the pioneer of the Hobie brand of water-sport products on March 29, 2014. He was 80.
Strictly Sail Inc. has carried Hobie products since our inaugural year of 1978. Without this pioneer, our business here in Cincinnati and the sport of sailing as a whole would not be what they are today.
Using cutting-edge engineering, Hobie Alter began manufacturing surfboards using the revolutionary technique of using foam to core his surfboards. Widely regarded as the innovator of surfing and sailing technologies, he went on to create the Hobie Cat brand of catamarans and kayaks.
He is survived by his beloved wife Susan, daughter Paula, sons Hobie Jr. and Jeff, and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.