Bob began surfing in Long Beach, NY in 1965 and had his first experience leading a successful effort for surf beach access in 1970. He graduated from Fordham University before moving to Sunset Beach, Hawai'i. A full-time position with Surfing magazine led to a 30-year career (1974-2003), mostly as publisher. Bob was instrumental in launching SIMA, the Surf Industry Members Association, and continues to serve as Sr. Advisor, while also serving on the Boards of the SIMA Environmental Fund, San Onofre Parks Foundation, East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame, and as Sr. Advisor at the ISA.
In 2008, Bob received Surfrider’s “Wavemaker Award” for outstanding contributions during the successful “Save Trestles” campaign. He has served on Surfrider’s Advisory Board since the early days of the organization, and presently supports corporate partnerships through the Surf Industry Coastal Defender program, which allows surf brands to connect their goals for environmental stewardship and community engagement with an investment in Surfrider’s ability to achieve its mission.