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Reef Warrior DNA?

Lou’s Blog:

   2018 marks the 50 year anniversary of the Hobie Cat 14 and if it were not for the Hobie Cat and it’s influences on many of us Reef long timers, our little corner of Lake Erie may not have become the great sailing spot we know today.

You may be asking yourself, why should I be interested in the Hobie Cat’s 50 year anniversary?

taken from “Hobie Master of water,wind, & waves”

In the mid-twentieth century, the beach cat became a widespread category of sailing catamarans, owing to their ease of launching and mass production. In California, a maker of surfboards, Hobie Alter, produced the 250-pound (110 kg) Hobie 14 in 1967, {1st sold in the fall of 1968} and two years later the larger and even more successful Hobie 16. As of 2016, the Hobie 16 was still being produced with more than 100,000 having been manufactured. (from Wikipedia)

Hobie Cats are not the fastest cats around, Tornado’s and Nacra’s may hold that distinction. Hobies are the most fun cat around though, easy to pull off or onto the beach, sailing single-handed or with a crew on the trapeze, the wind in your face, these boats created a life style, a sense of community rarely shared in the sailing world at the time. Have a Hobie Day! was the greeting, a secret password, and the motto to many sailors. It was a promise of a fun day. You felt you were part of something special, a brethren who spoke a language all their own, yet welcoming to anyone who showed any interest in sailing, crewing, or just had a question to ask. This time honored way of life thrives here at Da’ Reef. While there are not the great number of Hobie sailors there used to be, the waterman culture has grown and spawned its own version of community.

The sherkston originals

Back in the late  ’70’s through the early ’90’s many Hobies  came to the shore of Lake  Erie to sail. Most weekends we had between  10 – 15 regulars and this number could double on any given weekend, but that story is for another post.

With all the interest in DNA self testing,  finding out family history and searching one’s family tree, I wish to share my DNA with you all, and I believe you will soon see how we are all related!

I once wrote these words: We live the hang loose life style of Hawaii. We have a reggae groove, with some Caribbean soul.

https://reefwarriors.wordpress.com/the-legend-of-the-reef-warriors/about-the-reef-warriors/ 

But in retrospect our true DNA comes from the shores of southern California.  We are the offspring of Hobie Alter.    

Hobie Alter passed away in March of 2014, leaving behind a legacy  that few truly knew or appreciated. From surfboards to skateboards, catamarans to  kayaks, Hobie impacted all who consider themselves watermen or waterwomen in some way.

So pour a rum, sit back, learn a little history, and help me celebrate 50 years of Hobie Cats, and Have A Hobie Day!

In 1968 the Hobie cat 14 was set free upon the waters of North America and soon “The cat that flies” would be seen worldwide.

Hobie Alter “flies” his invention, the Hobie Cat sail boat. The boat was one of Alter’s many creations that helped to change the face of surfing, sailing and other action sports.

Hobie Alter was more than a builder of sailboats, he was an innovator in the world of surfing, as a board builder, shaper, and visionary. Yes, the late 1950’s had many surf legends but Hobie may have had the biggest impact on the watermen of then as well as the watermen of today.

Robert August, Corkey Carroll, Greg Noll, Gerry Lopez, Mickey Munoz, Phil Edwards, Joyce Hoffman are a few of the better known surfers of the time and all rode for team Hobie during their careers.

 

Hobie Alter had a simple motto, “If it’s fun, it’s never work. And if it isn’t fun, it’ll never work.”

 

If you have surfed on a fiberglass board, you have Hobie DNA!

Hobie glass board
Balsa wood boards

Hobie was among the 1st to switch from heavy balsa wood boards to  the use  of fiberglass wrap with foam blanks.

Hobie logo on balsa board

 

Hobie’s surf shop

 

 

If you ever had a board with a through the hull fin screw, you have Hobie in your DNA!

taken from “Hobie Master of water,wind, & waves”

 

taken from “Hobie Master of water,wind, & waves”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hobie was the 1st surf board maker to implement the through the board fin screw.

 

Watched “Endless Summer”? Hobie DNA!
A Hobie  surfboard was used in the original movie, and Hobie along with Bruce Brown & the cast drove a motor home around the country to promote the film. Hobie helped arrange an east coast tour for the Endless Summer. Pictured left to right: Mike Hynson, Bruce Brown, Joey Cabell, Pat Brown, Corky Carroll, Hobie Alter, Susan Alter, Heidi Edwards, and Phil Edwards. (from http://www.surfingheritage.org/2014/02/the-endless-summer-photos.html )

Later Bruce Brown help Hobie with promo videos for the Hobie cat line of products


Alpha sailboard?  Hobie  DNA!The Hobie cat company owned Alpha sailboards in the mid 1980’s. Scroll down to page 64 in this link to The Hobie Hotline for some Alpha board knowledge.   Hotline 1987.

 

Alpha sailboards and a Hobie 17

 

 

 

 

 

Love Robbie Naish & all his contributions to watersports? Hobie DNA.

While his path into the National Sailing Hall of Fame may have been far from traditional, Robby has always considered himself a sailor with his childhood roots in racing Hobie Cats before transitioning his skills to windsurfing.
“I was a sailor at heart. I loved tactics, I loved feeling the shifts and reading the wind and catching the bumps, that feeling that you get from sailing that you don’t find anywhere else in life. As sailors, we’re very lucky to be out there in the wind and the waves,” said Robby during his acceptance speech during the ceremony.

 

Robbie grew up sailing Hobie cats with his family, (Dad Rick Naish was the 1st Hobie dealer in Hawaii).  As legend has it Robbie used an old hobie trapeze harness to secure him to the boom of his sailboard, which led the way to today’s modern windsurf/kite surf harnesses.

hobie skateboard

Have you ever ridden a  Skateboard?  You may have Hobie DNA!Hobie was a leader in the growth of the skateboard industry during the mid 1960’s.

How many beer drinking folks were inspired to learn to sail because of these 2 beer ads & how many sailors were inspired to drink more beer due these 2 sailing ads!?!?

Hobie history time line

 

I have been part of the Hobie way of Life for over 40 years and have owned or sailed  just about every boat in the Hobie family. The lessons I learned while sailing and the people I shared them with helped make me who I am today. I am happy to know I share my DNA with such a wonderful group of friends, both past,  present, and future. The Reef Warriors would not be who we are today with out each and every one of you.

Thank you readers, for helping me wish Happy Anniversary  to the Hobie 14. My hope is to create a series of posts to honor the heritage and legacy which brings us to where we are today.

Please check some other Hobie links I have listed below.

 

 

 other hobie links
Hobie, Master of Water , Wind and Waves
the hobie way of life
tribute to hobie alter
Hobie hotline magazine archive
Hobie History
Sharing the wind
https://www.hobie.com/about-us/
Hobie Alters obit
Cat sailor hall of fame
Hobie Kayaks
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Once Around the Wreck/Labor Day Weekend

Thanks to everyone who braved the chill to participate/help out/ and share  photos for the  Once around the Wreck Paddle.
Even though the morning was a bit cold with a very uncommon east wind we still had a great turn out for this event. 70 +  paddlers braved the elements.  Give yourselves a round of applause!
The magic of the Reef was apparent the whole weekend, as the early morning chill made way to a warm day with a nice east wind that created a breezy, flat water, fun Hobie day. Then the remains of Hurricane Harvey cleared the beach in record time and left us with a Sunday Funday.
Waking up to waves for breakfast, a 2+ hr surf session turned into a great day for the sailors lucky enough to be here.
Big winds were forecast for Labor day Monday although they never materialized, it was an outstanding day,  the warmth and sunshine provided a perfect day at the Reef.
Here is a video recap of the paddle and funday Sunday.
Enjoy

Waves for Breakfast or Another Sunday fun day!

Here at Da’ Reef we have had a string of Sunday fun days, but this past Sunday was one of the “fun-est.”

party wave drop in
party wave drop in

It started with waves for breakfast, a real treat since paddle surfing days on the reef have been few and far between this year.DSCN1540

Perfect conditions of warm 77 degree water, light offshore wind and nice knee to shoulder high waves awaited as the 3 of us started out at 7:30am and with in and hour we had a full line up of 15 paddle surfers, with plenty of waves and smiles to go around.

party wave
party wave
Jim rides a dandy
Jim rides a dandy

 

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all smiles
all smiles
Sandro gets a ride
Sandro gets a ride

A couple newbies to the reef got their 1st rides. 2 year old Mackenzie, and new Ken. (the 2 yr old shredded, new Ken, not so much),

kenzies 1st ride
kenzies 1st ride

After a late breakfast and all the waves were used up, the trusty south west wind kicked in for a perfect hobie day. I sailed another 3 hours after the 2 1/2 hr sup session.

Meanwhile Casey was working on his own Sunday fun day marathon, stay tuned for more about Sunday Fun day.

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Did somebody say “Rubber”?

Casey and I are happy to announce the The Reef Warriors have teamed up with  Wetsuit Wearhouse to help you, our loyal followers get some great gear, from a great shop, at low $.

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By using coupon code REEFWARRIORS15 at check out Wetsuit Wearhouse will discount your purchase by 15%.

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Here are a few words from the staff at Wetsuit Wearhouse.

Hey all! We are stoked to be teaming up with The Reef Warriors! Just to get a little familiar with us, we are a wetsuit specialty shop located in Maryland. Not only do we offer 25,000 wetsuits in stock daily, we’ve also got an amazing group of knowledgeable and helpful folks here. We offer FREE U.S. shipping and our return policy is super easy. For all things wetsuits, check us out here: https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/

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Wetsuit Wearhouse  is a great resource for the gear we need to stay warm throughout the year as we stretch out the season here in the Great Lakes.

 I have purchased hats, booties, gloves and a wet suit for Gail from Wetsuit Wearhouse.

I have missed many a late season sup surf session due to the lack of a good wetsuit.

             Since I am hard to fit body type, I am short for my weight, Wetsuit Wearhouse will be helping me with a custom made suit. https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/wetsuits/category/custom-wetsuits.html

The custom design page comes with an order form where you supply your measurements and the pros at Wetsuit Wearhouse will build you a suit to fit.

I will keep you all posted as to the progress of my custom suit, and let you all know how well it fits and how warm and comfy it is. Stay tuned!

Please check them out at, https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/. You can live chat with an expert or call toll free at (866)906 SUIT (7848)

You will be happy you did !

 

 

The Night before Christmas………Reef Warrior style

beach-sceneT’was the night before Christmas and all along the beach,

not a sail was fluttering, not from luff to leach.

 

The Reef Warriors were all snug in their beds,

while visions of new gear danced in their heads.

 

Our boards were all stacked up safe from a storm,

while inside we were all cozy and warm.

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MoonDoggie and Possum sitting comfy on their bums

were enjoying the taste of some really fine rums.

 

When out on the Reef the wind rose in a clatter.

I looked to the wreck to see what was the matter.

 
Flash

Out on the lake I saw in disbelief,

Waterman Santa surfing the reef.

 

He sailed like Naish, like Laird he did surf,

making Lake Erie seem like his home turf.

 

He smacked the lip with such authority and grace.

He even put a smile on MoonDoggie’s face.

 

hobie santa

He came through the shore break an old Hobie for a sleigh

so loaded with goodies it filled up the bay.

 

His toes were all gnarly

his nose bent and broke

despite all his scars

his eyes showed pure stoke.

 

Some call him “St Nick”

Some call him “Kris Kringle”

Possum thought to herself

“I wonder if he is single?”

 

Then what to my wondering eyes did appear,

were 8 new boards and lots of new gear.

Super SUP (5)

 

A twin fin

a quad

a SUP board or two

a skinny mast

a folding boom

a quiver of sails 

all brand spankin’ new.

 

On to the deck he unloaded the swag,

a harness, a paddle, a brand new board bag.sup santa

 

When he finished his task he grabbed up his rig

 and caught a great ramp that was real freakin’ big.wind surf santa

(alternate verse for our kite friends)kitesanta2

With a pat on his head I helped launch his kite,

as he sailed away he got a jump of tremendous height.

 

The winter swell brought the Christmas Yule tide

And over the white caps Waterman Santa did ride.

I heard him exclaim as he sailed out of sight,christmas_beach_picture

Merry Christmas,

Hit the Lip

and

to All a Good Night!

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Happy Holidays from Casey and Lou