Hundreds of surfers and rowers have honored Hobie Alter's request by paddling out in the Pacific off Dana Point in his memory.

Alter, who died in March at 80, revolutionized surfing by devising a lightweight, maneuverable foam board. He was also credited with bringing masses to the water with his "Hobie Cat" sailboat.

Friday, his family released bowls of soil from Hawaii, ocean water and sand from Waikiki Beach, and rock salt.

During the Hawaiian paddle-out ceremony, surfers splashed water to the sky. The Orange County Harbor Patrol boat sprayed water, creating a rainbow. - AP