About Hobie Polarized

Since 1950, Hobie innovations have been changing the way we live, play and compete on the water. For Hobie Alter it all started with a big dream in a small garage. What followed was a new way of life in Southern California, and a new way of looking at our watery world. Hobie Polarized sunglasses have become an integral part of connecting sport enthusiasts to the water by providing a better kind of vision: clearer, sharper and more precise. Hobie Polarized is the only choice for active water enthusiasts. See the Hobie journey below.

The Hobie Logo History

Hobie Logo History

  • 1950 Hobie Alter shapes his first surfboard
  • 1954 Hobie Alter Opens the First Surf Shop in Dana Point, CA.
  • 1958 Hobie Alter Creates and Introduces the 1st Successful Polyurethane Foam/Fiberglass Surfboard
  • 1964 Hobie Comes Out With a Line of Skateboards
  • 1968 Hobie Christens the First Hobie 14’ Catamaran
  • 1970 Life Magazine publishes a feature titled, “The Cat that Flies” and as another Hobie legend is created – The Hobie 16′
  • 1972 The Hobie Cat Becomes the World’s Best Selling Catamaran
  • 1982 Hobie Polarized is launched by Hobie Alter Jr.
  • 1984 Hobie Power Skiff 15’ Introduced
  • 1986 Tony Laurent & Daniel Pradel cross Atlantic on a Hobie 18’
  • 1987 Hobie Polarized Adds Copper and Sightmaster Lenses to the Collection
  • 1994 Hobie Creates the Float Cat! Pontoon Kick Boat Designed For Fishing.
  • 1995 The TriFoiler is Born! At speeds over 40 miles per hour, it’s the world’s fastest production sailboat.
  • 1996 Hobie Introduces Body Boards, Snowboards and Water Skis
  • 1997 Hobie Creates its First Kayak – The Pursuit
  • 1998 Hobie Mirage Is Born! The world’s first pedaling kayak utilizing Hobie’s new Hydro-Sail Drive
  • 2000 Hobie Surfboards Once Again Handcrafted in Capistrano Beach, CA
  • 2001 Hobie Cat Introduces the Outback Fishing Kayak
  • 2012 Hobie Polarized has it’s 30 Year Anniversary
  • 2013 Hobie Polarized Launches Polarized Sun Readers
  • 2015 Hobie Polarized Launches the Hydro Collection