I learned to surf in Waikiki on a Phil Edwards Honolulu model when I was 26 years old. 1987!! Would love to have one now. I may start the search soon.I remember riding my friends Hobie Phil Edwards model and it just wasn't my thing. I was wondering why I wasn't surfing as good as Phil Edwards was.
You actually look like you can really handle that thing. I had a 9'10" Jacobs that was more or less a clone of the PE model. I actually liked it a little better, because they brought out the width a tad more. which was my issue with the Hobie PE. Unfortunately, a friend borrowed that board and got busted in a pot dealing crackdown. They impounded his Volkswagen van with my surfboard inside. Both were never to be seen again.
The Hobie PE model was actually cutting edge when they came out. The first time I remember paddling out on one was in the summer of 1965. I had been riding a fairly generic early 60's 9'2" Con at the time and the PE was way more of an advance. It was my first exposure to a signature model surfboard that I hadn't seen prior. My only complaint was that I thought they were a little narrow for me. However, the PE model was an inspiration to other builders to come out with their own version of that clear 3 stringer look like the Harbour Trestle special, the G&S Mike Hynson model, Bing Takayama and numerous others. They all looked like clones or variations of the PE to me.Btw, here's part one, it's 100 percent the 9'10" Hobie PE model. Agin, not particularly user friendly compared to what is available today but a LOT of fun.