After starting on the Hobie 16, and meeting my wife. I moved over to the 18. We raced the 18 in Canada on our Honeymoon.
I then had the pleasure of teaching my 11 year old son to crew for me. We teamed up for 3 great seasons in Division 3 and Division 4 for one race. After which my son started to ask, "when am I able to race my own boat?" The youth movement being strong in the Northwest, and, being the Hobie Dad that I am, I sold the 18 to a nice young lady in the area who said she intends to race. I bought my now 13 year old son a Wave. He's only been solo in two regattas, but he's loving it, and this is due in a large part to the support of the Hobie Community.
But, I've had to endure the beach for most of last year, and up to now for all of this season.
None to soon, my lovely wife is bringing up to our home a '99 Hobie 17 Sport. I've already got the conversion kit coming. (Thanks Dan @ Kirkland).
I'll see you all at the Sudden Valley Regatta!
It pays to be a good Hobie Dad.