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Eight Bells: Hobart "Hobie" Alter

by John Casey, Posted May 22, 2014

Hobie Alter began playing games in the Pacific Ocean in his teens. At 18, he started competing in surfing competitions, and in 1953 opened his first surfboard shop in Dana Point, California. He quickly developed ways to improve balsa core surfboard production, and it didn’t take him long to invent the foam-core surfboard, which revolutionized the sport by giving surfers a lighter, more agile toy to play with.


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In winning the second leg of the Atlantic Cup, Jeff MacFarlane and Jake Arcand aboard the Class 40 #116–JeffreyMacFarlane.com not only set a new record for the New York-to-Newport leg, they also won by the smallest delta in Atlantic Cup history over second-place Dragon.


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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