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Friends and employees of Hobie Alter are proposing the construction of a statue honoring the surf legend in Dana Point. Photo: Courtesy
Friends and employees of Hobie Alter are proposing the construction of a statue honoring the surf legend in Dana Point. Photo: Courtesy

By Jim Shilander

Friends and admirers of the late Hobie Alter are working to provide a permanent memorial to the late surf and outdoor sports icon.

Robbie Roberson, a longtime Dana Point resident and employee of Alter’s told the Dana Point Arts and Culture Commission July 15 that the impact Alter had, not just on the ocean sports world, but on Dana Point, was enough to deserve a tribute in the city.

Lance Jost, the sculptor who hopes to build the project, told the board that his proposed sculpture would include a 6-foot to 6-and-a-half foot tall base, the sides of which would include photographs of Alter’s contributions to different aspects of ocean sports. The sculpture sitting on top of it, he said, would be of Alter riding a Hobie Cat, his world-famous sailboat, on a wave. Jost said the sculpture would be done in bronze but that natural acids would be used to help bring out color. Since the Hobie Cat and other Hobie products were so identified with color, this was important, he said.

Roberson said he and others are currently working to raise funds for the project. During the presentation, the group included three potential locations, including near the current Hobie store on Pacific Coast Highway, near the new Lantern District along Del Prado sign or near the pedestrian bridge on Pacific Coast Highway, in order of preference.

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  • Capo Cares would like to suggest a fourth location. Since Hobie and his work were associated with both Doheny and Capistrano Beach, we’d love to give this sculpture a place of honor in the revitalized Doheny Village — perhaps at the point where PCH meets Doheny Park Road. We’d be thrilled to honor Hobie Alter as an important and revered figure in our history!

  • Capo Cares is spot on regarding the location of a sculpture to honor Hobie. Where better than the Doheny Village in Capistrano Beach? This is the historical birthplace that Hobie and others introduced and fostered the surfing culture to the world. Capistrano Beach is the appropriate location if you were to ask anyone in the surfing community.



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