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John Wayne Airport Celebrates Surf Entrepreneur Hobart “Hobie” Alter

  • Dates: November 21, 2018 - March 31, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: John Wayne Airport Vi Smith Concourse Gallery located on the Departure (upper) Level, across from Gates 2 through 5 in Terminal A, Gates 18 through 21 in Terminal C and in the free-standing display cases across from Gate 14
  • Details

    A new exhibition featuring Hobart “Hobie” Alter, a Southern California native known for inventing the “Hobie Cat” catamaran and changing the way people use the water for surfing and sailing is on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA). Ticketed passengers can view the exhibit through Spring 2019. 

    “Hobie Alter had a major impact on the local and worldwide surf and ocean watersport culture of today,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do. “With 42 miles of breathtaking beaches and home to many national surf and watersport competitions, Orange County residents and visitors alike will enjoy this exhibition celebrating the countless ways that modern surf culture reflects Hobie Alter’s influence.”

    The exhibition includes photographs and memorabilia celebrating the lifetime achievements of a watersports pioneer.  Summarized descriptions of some of the displays include:

    • Laguna Beach early 50’s. Hobie and his wife Sharon with friends in a photoshoot for Kodak. This photo would later hang in New York City’s Grand Central station.

    • A young Hobie carries suitable balsa “sticks” to be glued and joined to produce a balsa surfboard blank.

    • The genesis of a surfboard from foam blank to ready for the surf (stages of surfboard production).

    • Hobie stands in front a sign he made for the Hobie Surf Shop in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    • Hundreds of surfers and paddlers gathered around a Hobie Cat catamaran off the shore of Doheny State Beach to celebrate the life of surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer Hobie Alter.