Hobie Alter, whose innovations helped thousands of people go surfing and sailing, died in California on Saturday at age 80. In the 1950s, Alter helped perfect a foam-core surfboard that revolutionized the sport. A decade later, his iconic Hobie Cat catamaran design opened the world of sailing to a wider audience.
Alter died after a long fight with cancer, according to the . Reflecting his legacy in two sports, his name is included in both the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame and the National Sailing Hall of Fame.