The challenge was put forth by Tom Morey, USC engineering graduate and partner of More-Pope Surfboards. A contest that would test the limits of ability and design for one purpose; the noseride. In earlier years, the act of noseriding was reserved for the most adept of surfers. No manufacturer prior had dreamt of building a board for the sole ambition of riding the tip. In an effort to test the capabilities of his “Snub Nose,” Morey invited other surfboard giants to a July 4th contest placed at Ventura’s distinguished “C-Street.” The year was 1965.
Immediately, Hobie Alter set to work. His analytical mind dissecting the design features that would allow a board to plane, in consistent trim, while riding the forward third. Alter, eventually, turned to his best surfers and shapers, Phil Edwards and Mickey Munoz. The concept was to build a “backwards speed boat”; a wide, parallel, outline with generous concave and tail rocker. The combination providing sufficient lift and drag for the ultimate noseride. The endeavor was so classified that Edwards, Munoz, and Corky Carroll tested the prototypes in the early hours before sunrise. On the day of the contest, Munoz and Carroll swept the Men’s and Junior Men’s divisions respectively. The Noserider Model was born!
In celebration of our 70th anniversary, Hobie Surfboards is offering a limited-edition replica of the Edwards design. Each model is shaped by Phil disciple, Mark Johnson, and glassed, with traditional isophthalic resin, via Adam Davenport. Finally, consummating the unique collaboration, John Gianelli, has replicated the three-way color panels of the original prototypes. There are three combinations available: Phil (Yellow-Black-Light Blue), Corky (Maroon-Black-Medium Blue), and Munoz (Yellow-Black-Purple). The series is limited to 20 and includes a custom fin from Sunrise Boardworks. A fitting way to celebrate our 70th lap around the sun!