Dana Point Artist Memorializes Hobie Alter – Famed Surfing Icon
February 22, 2017
Three years ago, Lance Jost attended Hobie Alter’s memorial at Doheny State Beach. Jost – an acclaimed artist who’s created one-of-a-kind works for Jimi Hendrix, the city of Dana Point, California Baptist University and more – was moved and knew he wanted to craft something special to commemorate Alter, the revered Dana Point resident and creator of the first foam surfboards.
“Although I didn’t know him well, we shared many mutual friends in the surf community,” said Jost. “His friends had a deep respect and admiration for him, which I came to share.”
Today, Jost is working with the Hobie Memorial Foundation to bring a shared vision to life – a 30-foot-bronze Hobie Cat Sailboat that will be on display at Dana Point’s new public park which will pay tribute to the surf culture and celebrated history of the city.
Located just steps from Doheny State Beach, the park borders “South Cove,” Zephyr’s premier, barefoot community.
“We were already working on the memorial when Zephyr approached us about displaying it at the park. They were really excited about the piece and what it meant for Dana Point, and are thrilled to be able to showcase it,” said Jost.
The new park is the result of a partnership between Zephyr and the City of Dana Point. In addition to the Hobie Memorial, Jost created the colorful mosaics on the Pacific Coast Highway Pedestrian Bridge, which connects the park with Doheny State Beach and Dana Point Harbor. The stunning artwork greets visitors as they enter the city with illustrations of a blue whale breaching the harbor and surfers’ silhouettes at sunset.
For more information about Jost and his work, visit his website.