Written by John Dinsdale (former CEO of Hobie Cat Europe and IHCA Life member).
I first met Alberto in early 1980’s.
He was at that time the commercial guy for our Spanish distributor, always smiling, and very popular with customers, with Optimist, Lasers, and of course Hobies.
When our importer fell thru, Alberto with partner came to the rescue.
This was just before the Hobie 16 Europeans and all the entry were in the hands of our "ex importer"!
We scrambled to keep the event going, but without Alberto, it would have been literally impossible.
At Hobie Cat Europe, we loaded up the Hobie truck, drove down to the event site, near Barcelona, and just made the event happened!
Then the Hobie 17 and 18 Worlds in Castelldefels and Sotogrande, in which organization left the IHCA, without paying their bills!
Thanks to Alberto, he brokered deals with Sotogrande, which allowed the IHCA to reconsider Spain!
Then at the Tiger/Dragoon Worlds in Cangas, once again, Alberto was there to the rescue, when we had issues with the local town/organization who had supplied and sold the boat insurance, but somehow had not really been covered by the insurance company.
This was just a few of the many events, where Alberto was the " Hobie guy" but in whatever experience, situation, or problem, Alberto was always smiling, often working through the night at events to make sure the sailors had their boats repaired in time... always smiling!