Since 1950, Hobie innovations have been changing the way we live, play and compete on the water. For Hobie Alter it all started with a big dream in a small garage. What followed was a new way of life in Southern California, and a new way of looking at our watery world. Hobie Polarized sunglasses have become an integral part of connecting sport enthusiasts to the water by providing a better kind of vision: clearer, sharper and more precise. Hobie Polarized is the only choice for active water enthusiasts. See the Hobie journey below.
Hobie Alter shapes his first surfboard
Hobie Alter opens the first surf shop in Dana Point, CA
Hobie Alter creates and introduces the 1st successful polyurethan foam/fiberglass surfboard
Hobie comes out with a line of skateboards
Hobie christens the first Hobie 14' Catamaran
Life magazine publishes a feature titled, "The Cat that Flies" and as another Hobie legend is created - The Hobie 16'
The Hobie Cat becomes the world's best selling Catamaran
Hobie Polarized is launched by Hobie Alter Jr.
Hobie Power Skiff 15' introduced
Tony Laurent & Daniel Pradel cross Atlantic on a Hobie 18'
Hobie Polarized adds copper and sightmaster lenses to the collection
Hobie creates the Float Cat! Pontoon Kick boat designed for fishing
The TriFoiler is Born! At speeds over 40 miles per hour, it's the world's fasted production sailboat
Hobie Introduces Body Boards, Snowboards and Water Skis
Hobie creates its First Kayak - The Pursuit
Hobie Mirage is born! The world's first pedaling kayak utilizing Hobie's new Hydro-Sail Drive
Hobie Surfboards Once Again Handcrafted in Capistrano Beach, CA
Hobie Cat Introduces the Outback Fishing Kayak
Hobie Polarized has its 30 Year Anniversary
Hobie Polarized Launches Polarized Sun Readers
Hobie Polzarized Launches the Hydro Collection
The Hobie Logo History