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.

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 polyurethan 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 fasted 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 its 30 Year Anniversary

2013

Hobie Polarized Launches Polarized Sun Readers

2015

Hobie Polzarized Launches the Hydro Collection

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