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20 January 2014

Hobie Alter

image The ocean as a playground.
To celebrate the 20th Hobie 16 World Championships in Jervis Bay Geoff Cater from Surf Research will be presenting a lecture on the role Hobie has played in successfully modernising the ancient Polynesian surfboard, outrigger canoe, and double-hulled sailing canoe, or "catamaran."

The presentation examines the pre-eminent role Hobart ‘Hobie’ Alter, creator of the Hobie Cat, played in the worldwide growth of recreational water sports in the 20th century and how the Polynesian concept of the ocean as a playground has been incorporated into modern Western culture.

Date: Saturday 1st February
Time: 1pm
Location: Lady Denman Theatrette.

In conjunction with the lecture there will be a surf craft exhibition featuring an extensive collection of boards from 1958 – 1984 on display from 10.00AM-12.00PM in the grounds of the Lady Denman Museum.


  1. That should be a great event and evening!
    I've read that he's the Henry Ford of surfing

  2. The boats are down on the edge of the bay at the moment...the event goes for the week,,, I hope they get decent wind...It should be a good spectacle....