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A Hobie Hawk

In March 1974, the Hobie Hawk was released by the Hobie Model Co. of San Juan Capistrano California. Somewhere between 10,000 and 14,000 of these models were sold–many through the Hobie Cat sailboat dealers–not just hobby shops. 

"I did it the way I wanted too - each part used the best materials available for the specific application. It was a complete package and we had the capability to make the Hawk so we did. There was nothing else out there like it at the time, everything else was a balsa build up kit, I wanted to produce something much different, something that could take the punishment and was faster to build for the consumer... and yes, although the wing was complicated it was not difficult for us because of our background in the sailing and surfboard industry, foam core laminating was what we did."

"I feel that out of all my projects the Hawk was one of the better things I did, each part made from the proper materials, it was a quality product and I am proud of it... and it was fun!" —Hobie Alter (excerpted from

We now have a Hobie Hawk in the SHACC collection and it's on display in our showroom!



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Digital Watermarking of our images – Public Notice

As part of our commitment to protecting our image donors, the Surfing Heritage Foundation has begun using digital watermarking on ALL of our images, including those images seen on our website. This watermark is not visible to the eye, but is easily seen by many computer programs such at Photoshop and other image editing programs. In addition, we have also purchased a “watermark spider” that crawls the Internet specifically looking for any images that contain our SHF watermark. The Surfing Heritage Foundation is prepared to take the appropriate action should we find any illegal or unlicensed usage of images from our files.