Hobie Alter, whose surfboards and catamarans helped launch California beach culture, dies

  • by: JOHN ROGERS , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 31, 2014 - 9:20 PM

LOS ANGELES — Two words — surfboards and Hobie — were all but synonymous in the early 1960s, when teenagers who saw movies such as "Gidget" and "Beach Party" rushed to the shores of Southern California to try a mesmerizing new water sport.

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