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Hobie Alter dies at 80; revolutionized surfing

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In this undated photo provided Monday, March 31, 2014, by Hobie Designs, shows design innovator Hobart "Hobie" Alter. He helped popularize surfing and sailing with the development of the foam surfboard and the "Hobie Cat" sailboat, has died. He was 80. In the late 1960s, Alter turned his focus to sailing and designed a lightweight sailboat inspired by the twin-hulled Polynesian catamaran. 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. (AP Photo/Hobie Designs)

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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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In this undated photo provided Monday, March 31, 2014, by Hobie Designs, shows design innovator Hobart "Hobie" Alter. He helped popularize surfing and sailing with the development of the foam surfboard and the "Hobie Cat" sailboat, has died. He was 80. In the late 1960s, Alter turned his focus to sailing and designed a lightweight sailboat inspired by the twin-hulled Polynesian catamaran. 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. (AP Photo/Hobie Designs)