Bobby learned kiteboarding in the early 2000s. While on the island of Oahu, Hawai’i, his wife Maria excitedly came home one day and told him that people in Mokuleia were doing something interesting that he as enthusiastic waterman, boater and scuba-diver would really enjoy. At that time, kiteboarding was still in its infancy—the equipment was much more rudimentary, and very few could properly teach the sport. Later on, Bobby combined his background in engineering and business with his long-standing involvement in kiteboarding to take on the US distributorship for both Ozone kites and Moses hydrofoils. When not zipping across the Long Beach Harbor or the waves of Oahu’s North Shore in his tell-tale orange shirt, he keeps fit with yoga and SUPing. On weekends he can be found playing the drums in the Arcadia Blues Club.
Bobby became an IKO-certified instructor in 2015. He is also certified to teach various water sports, including kiteboarding, to children, senior citizens and people with disabilities. Thanks to his precise, patient and encouraging teaching style, he has accumulated many stellar student reviews. His goals for his students are to learn safely, have fun and become an independent rider as soon as possible. His great enthusiasm for teaching—which may even surpass the stoke to get out on the water himself—has been widely acknowledged: He has been featured as the IKO Instructor of the Week a total of four times, and in 2019 he received the Instructor of the Year Award from the Belmont Kite Friends.