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Hobart "Hobie" Alter

Inventor Hobart "Hobie" Alter

Profession: Inventor

United States of America

Biography: A surfing and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer, Hobart Alter is considered the Henry Ford of the surfboard industry for his manufacturing innovations.

He also created the popular Hobie Cat, a lightweight sailboat that skims the waves like a surfboard to give surfers something to do when the wind blows.

Born: October 31, 1933
Birthplace: Ontario, California, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: March 29, 2014 (aged 80)
Cause of Death: Cancer

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