Editorial People — 17 April 2014

It’s with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to the man who helped shape the modern surf culture and revolutionized the sailing industry with the world’s best selling and easy-to-sail catamarans.

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards, and ended up shaping a culture, passed away peacefully at his Palm Desert home on March 29 surrounded by his loving family. Born on October 31, 1933 in Ontario, California, he was 80 at the time of his passing.

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