Kemp Aaberg, 1960. Photo: John Severson
Foam "Easter egg" boards. Photo: John Severson
On a slow weekday afternoon in 1957, three years after Hobie Surfboards opened for business, a resin salesman walked into the shop and handed Hobie Alter a small white chunk of synthetic material about the size of a cigarette pack. “It was hard and dense,” Alter recalled. “You could just barely dig your fingernail into the surface.” Polyurethane foam was just then coming onto the commercial marke...