My name is Brian Hovnanian. I am the founder of Hovie SUP. I come from Newport Beach CA, been living a surfer’s waterman lifestyle my whole life. Being on the water has been my passion my whole life, along with raising my children, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I started building surfboards when I was about 16 years old. That was in 1973. I really wanted to build boards that were very fast for large powerful waves, but, still were very maneuverable at high speed. I loved creating those boards. Surfed a little pro from 75 to 81, then settled back in Newport Beach CA after spending 5 years in Hawaii. I started designing and building hand crafted surfboard in my own factory. I have years of experience surfing waves all around the world, and still like to surf my 6’0” Retro Quad Egg, 6’4″ quad fish, short boards, to performance long boards. I just love to surf!
Back in 2007 I started to get into Stand Up Paddle Surfing. Well, next thing was to build SUP boards. After building thousands of boards here in the USA, and overseas, Hovie SUP thrives to keep moving forward in a positive way to developed lighter, stronger, faster Stand Up Paddle Boards.
After spending most of 2014 and 2015 SUP racing, I took the liberty to design a new race board, the Comet GT, with the principles of comfort while you race. Our new GT is as fast as any race board we have ever built, but, with an inedible new stability factor. Bingo…
I have also spent the last nine years refining our Performance Surf SUP boards, and we are proud to build them just like real normal surfboards, with our new Pure Surf Construction.
I really feel that SUP is an extinction of the true waterman’s lifestyle. If it’s Paddle Surfing, SUP racing, touring with friends, of even SUP fishing, I’m happy to have been here to create our great line up of boards over the years to bring so much Stoke to so many paddlers.
“Paddle For Life”