Dominating boardmaking company from the late 1950s to the early '70s, founded by surfer and ocean sports industrialist Hobie Alter, and headquartered in Dana Point, California. Alter started building and selling balsa boards out of his parents' Laguna Beach garage in 1950. In 2010 the company moved its Dana Point store back to Pacific Coast Highway, into a remodeled 4,400-square-foot former post office, just 100 yards up the street from the original store. Original Hobie boards, meanwhile, became highly prized collectables; a well-preserved balsa model can fetch up to $7,500 at auction. At Hobie Surfboards, we continue to build some of the finest handcrafted boards available.