February 11, 2014

How I Got Started: Hobie Alter… founding father of the surfing industry

Posted in Business at 1:30 am by dinaheng

Foam and fiberglass. If you’re not a surfer, that combination means little to you. But if you like to ride the waves, you can thank Hobie Alter, the man who combined those two materials. That breakthrough made boards 20 pounds lighter and easier to use, as well as simpler to manufacture. It helped transform board-making from expensive balsa and fiberglass projects that you shaped and sanded in your garage into an economical, mass-production process in the 1950s.

To read the complete story in Fortune magazine, click here.

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