Birth place of the surf industry

January 03, 2017

By Erika I. Ritchie, Orange County Register

City officials in November voted to approve plans for two plazas and a sculpture to promote Dana Point as the birthplace of the surf industry.

Dana Point was where Hobie Alter first shaped and sold boards, where Surfer magazine was born and was the home of Killer Dana, a right-breaking wave just off the headlands that was famous for producing huge surf until construction of the Dana Point Harbor in 1966 stopped the break.

On Dec. 6, the City Council agreed to work with the Hobie Memorial Foundation and to match funds up to $200,000 to pay for a bronze sculpture of Alter.

One plaza will focus on surf history and will include an outdoor museum that features artwork designed to celebrate the history of Dana Point’s surfing heritage and will acknowledge the commencement of Pacific Coast Highway/Highway 1 along the eastern boundary of the park site.

The city plans to break ground on the surf plaza Jan. 26.

A second plaza along Pacific Coast Highway will present early Dana Point and California history.

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