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                               Have a Hobie day !                                                                                  2019 Hobie Europeans & MultiWorlds                                                                                           

In memory of our Hobie friend Alberto Torné Vásquez



Written by John Dinsdale (former CEO of Hobie Cat Europe and IHCA Life member).

I first met Alberto in early 1980’s.

He was at that time the commercial guy for our Spanish distributor, always smiling, and very popular with customers, with Optimist, Lasers, and of course Hobies.

When our importer fell thru, Alberto with partner came to the rescue.  

This was just before the Hobie 16 Europeans and all the entry were in the hands of our "ex importer"!

We scrambled to keep the event going, but without Alberto, it would have been literally impossible.

At Hobie Cat Europe, we loaded up the Hobie truck, drove down to the event site, near Barcelona, and just made the event happened!

Then the Hobie 17 and 18 Worlds in Castelldefels and Sotogrande, in which organization left the IHCA, without paying their bills!

Thanks to Alberto, he brokered deals with Sotogrande, which allowed the IHCA to reconsider Spain!

Then at the Tiger/Dragoon Worlds in Cangas, once again, Alberto was there to the rescue, when we had issues with the local town/organization who had supplied and sold the boat insurance, but somehow had not really been covered by the insurance company.

This was just a few of the many events, where Alberto was the " Hobie guy" but in whatever experience, situation, or problem, Alberto was always smiling, often working through the night at events to make sure the sailors had their boats repaired in time... always smiling!

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News 2014 Hobie MultiEuropean Championship

News 2014 Hobie MultiEuropean Championships in Castelldefels, Barcelona , Spain from 27 June – 5 July 2014

• WildCat & Tiger European training with Gerard Loos

The EHCA will provide a training for Tiger and WildCat’s with
long time Hobie expert Gerard Loos.
This training will be held on Monday 30th June and Tuesday 1rst July.

• Hobie 16 European clinic with Marco Iazzetta (to be confirmed)

The EHCA will also provide a Hobie 16 clinic with multiple European Champion Marco Iazzetta on Saturday 28th June and Sunday 29th June.

VSR France, as being a class sponsor, will provide for both training sessions a coach boat.

• GPS tracking system powered by Seesailing®

This year will be the first Europeans that we want to introduce tracking devices onboard of boats. At this time we can’t tell you how many trackers we will have but our goal is give the audience a nice and clear overview of live racing over the web and broadcasted on big TV screen at the Club house. More details to be announced soon.

• Lots of FUN GUARANTEED with daily Hobie Beach Games

We want to make sure that you don’t miss out of FUN during the Europeans while being on the beach and waiting for the wind. Therefore we will re-introduce our Hobie Beach Games such as tug- of-war, beach soccer, mainsheet contest and many other great activities for kids and older grown up’s ;)

• Charter boats available for overseas teams supplied by Hobie Cat Europe®
As every year, Hobie Cat Europe® is proposing a limited number of available charter boats for overseas teams.

For any requests or reservations please send your email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Charter boat fees:
HC16 = 1 450 € (with or without spinnaker) transport and tax


Wild Cat / Tiger = 1.650 € without spi or 1.800 with spi transport and tax included

Promotional price for the HC16 spinnaker kit:

An offer at 1.005 Euros ex-Vat per spi kit.
Also offer a special price of 639 Euros ex-Vat per replacement spinnaker.
Please address demand to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Rest in Peace Hobie Alter - The Passing of a Legend

San Juan Capistrano, CA - March 30, 2014
Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards, and ended up shaping a culture, passed away peacefully at his Palm Desert home on March 29 surrounded by his loving family. Born on October 31, 1933 in Ontario, California, he was 80 at the time of his passing.
The recently published biography “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves”reveals the story of this true Renaissance man. The son of a second-generation orange farmer, Hobie flourished spending time at his family’s Laguna Beach summer home. And it was here in the family’s garage back in 1950 where he began his somewhat accidental career by combining his two loves, wood shop and water, crafting handmade 9 foot balsawood surfboards for his friends. Business was good, and his father had grown tired of the sawdust, so in 1954 Hobie would open the area’s first surf shop in Dana Point. But as demand continued to grow, balsawood was becoming scarce, and even with Hobie’s creative assembly line, the wooden board building process was cumbersome. This is where Hobie’s extraordinary gift for self-taught, “outside the box” engineering rose to the challenge. Through a top-secret trial and error process, and along with friend and employee Gordon “Grubby” Clark, Hobie pioneered the development of the foam surfboard. With the lighter and more responsive boards, and his gift for design and commitment to uncompromising quality, Hobie quickly became the number one surfboard brand in the world. The list of legendary surfers and shapers that worked or rode for Hobie is a virtual Hall of Fame and his success is seen as the launch point for California’s iconic surf industry. Hobie himself was a top surfing competitor.
Hobie Alter

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20th Hobie 16 Worlds numbers

Member for the South Coast, Shelley Hancock, has announced that Huskisson, Jervis Bay, New South Wales, will welcome a record number of entrants for the world’s largest Hobie 16 World Championships, held from Friday 31 January to Saturday 15 February 2014. The Hobie 16 World Championships is the pinnacle competition for the largest and most popular catamaran class in the world.

More than 365 teams, comprising almost 500 competitors from 27 countries will battle it out during the 16-day sailing regatta on the idyllic waters of Jervis Bay.

A single class, multi-hull event, the regatta ensures a level playing field for competitors, where all will be sailing in identical Hobie catamarans.

“This is great news for our community, and we look forward to welcoming the competitors and visitors to our beautiful region for the 20th Hobie 16 World Championships,” Ms Hancock said.

“With previous World Championships hosted in Canada, Mexico, New Caledonia, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates and The Virgin Islands, Jervis Bay is in good company hosting this truly global event.”

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