Hobie is synonymous with water so much so that David Hasselhoff’s kid on Baywatch was named Hobie. But Hobie was a company launched like many that came before and after it. It all started with a man named Hobie Alter who started shaping surfboards in his parent’s garage back in 1950. Both Hobie, the brand, and surfing, the sport, began to grow. He had his first shop opened eight years later and, with the onslaught of beach movies plaguing the 1960’s thanks to Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, the sport skyrocketed...Read More
By the end of the 1960’s, Hobie started eyeing boats and figuring out a way to best modify them to enhance the sport. Thus was born the Hobie Cat which is one of the most ridden types of sailboats ever made and continues to be one of the best-sellers worldwide, year-after-year.
Now you have the Hobie Kayaks. Some of the Hobie Kayaks include the same Hobie Cat styles to enrich the experience so you can enjoy kayaking but have the same fun as riding the wind with stability and speed.
But Hobie isn’t satisfied with attaching a tried-and-true invention onto just any kayak. Hobie has created inflatable kayaks, fishing kayaks, tandems and additional products which makes transporting your Hobie Kayak’s easier.
Perhaps their biggest accomplishment was the revolutionary Mirage Drive System. This peddle system changed the game for Hobie when it was first introduced and adds a new element to your kayaking experience. The Mirage Drive simply removed the paddle from kayaking. This couldn’t have been an easy feat but Hobie figured out a way to do it. Hobie Mirage Drive uses your legs to steer and move with greater efficiency and less effort. The Mirage Drive system can be found in a variety of Hobie Kayaks which include their angler and inflatable models.
What was once a dream inside a southern California garage has grown into one of the most recognizable brands when it comes to water sports worldwide. Hobie Kayaks are durable, reliable and a lot of fun. So, whether you’re cruising on calm rivers, finding that sweet spot for the best schools of fish or sailing on a beautiful summer day, you can be assured that Hobie has a kayak just for you.