Stab Magazine | Photolyfe: Robb Wilson

Photolyfe: Robb Wilson

Long Beach’s winner of a Jordy Smith Stab in the Dark board! 

full frame // Sep 28, 2018
Words by stab
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Seven months ago we embarked on our #FeelsLikeFreedom photo contest with O’NeillAfter thousands of submissions, we landed on six winners. These six winners–over the course of the next few weeks–will be highlighted and bio’d in Photolyfes.

For those unfamiliar with Photolyfe, it’s an attempt to paint a portrait of a photographer through their images. You know, that old picture’s worth a thousand words chestnut.

Second on our list of photographers to highlight from this Instagram competition is Long Beach’s Robb Wilson. 

Robb was originally born in the Philippines and works as a part-time longshoreman at the Port of Los Angeles and as a father.

“I moved to Long Beach when I was about four-years-old,” Robb tells Stab. “My pops was in the service and was stationed in Manilla when I was born. I’ve lived in LB for most of my life.

“I started shooting around 2009 after I had a back surgery that went wrong, resulting in a long painful recovery where I wasn’t able to surf. My friend Jason Hoffman recommended I purchase a water camera and start taking surf photos. That’s what I did, and it changed my life for the better.

“My friend Kyle Buthman recently directed and produced a short documentary about my story called ‘Still Here,’ which you guys at Stab were kind enough to run on your site.”

1. Describe yourself.

2. Where are you from?

2 Where am I from The eastside of Long Beach. jpg

3. What got you into photography?

3. What got you into photography?

3 What got you into photography Surfing

4. Where do you wish you were right now?

4. Where do you wish you were right now?

4 Where do i wish I was right now In the ocean taking surf photos. jpg

5. What inspires you?

5. What inspires you?

5 What inspires me. My son Dynomite inspires me

6. Who is your favourite person to photograph?

6. Who is your favourite person to photograph?

6 Whos your favorite person to shoot. Matti Passqundici

7. What makes the best photograph? 

7. What makes the best photograph? 

7 What makes the best photograph Great lighting

8. What’s your favourite weapon?

8. What’s your favourite weapon?

9. Describe your mood right now?

9. Describe your mood right now?

9 Describe your mood right now2. Excited and ready to show you what I got jpg

10. What else should we know about you?

10. What else should we know about you?

10 What else should we know about you.I love shooting water portraits


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

“Airlines Hate Me:” Bad Boy RyRy’s Guide To Surf Travel

Want to get pampered at the pointy end of the plane for free?

Aug 17, 2022


What Happens When You Borrow A Pro’s Board?

Joyride: The Shrizz from PANDA surfboards.

Aug 16, 2022


Mick Fanning Samples California’s Finest Local Produce

Mayhem at Lowers.

Aug 16, 2022

Mountains Died So You Could Surf

The value of sand.

Aug 15, 2022


UPDATE: People Are Still Surfing ‘La Jetee’ in Reunion Island

Returning to the best & sharkiest air wave in the world, as seen in Mod…

Aug 14, 2022

These Are Your Favorite (Female) Surfers

What the Stab reader survey teaches us about taste.

Aug 14, 2022


Kelly and Local Gal to Win Teahupo’o?

Local insights and a firing forecast.

Aug 13, 2022

These Are Your Favorite (Male) Surfers

Insights from the 2022 Stab Reader survey.

Aug 13, 2022


Fear And Loathing in Mainland Mex

Parker Coffin, Harry Roach, and the Roark crew embark on an authentic Oaxacan (surf) trip.

Aug 13, 2022

Tahiti Preview: The End Of The Road For 72% Of The CT

And hello there, blob of swell.

Aug 12, 2022


While Everyone Flocked To Tahiti, Kelly Stayed in Jbay

...And proceeded to rip the hell out of it on a "borrowed" 5-finned Tomo.

Aug 11, 2022


Can A GQ Cover Boy Take Out Teahupo’o?

Kauli Vaast is your incredibly handsome Tahiti trials winner.

Aug 11, 2022

Watch: Ramble On With Caity Simmers 

An action-rich tour behind the scenes of her triumphant first voyage to Oz.

Aug 11, 2022

PSA: Surf Filmers Not Welcome In Nicaragua

Cameras and drones are being seized on arrival, Stab spoke with two recent visitors.

Aug 11, 2022

Inside The Alternative Surfboard Marketing Machine 

Two of the biz's best — Matt Parker and Blake Peters — spill many beans.

Aug 10, 2022

The Tragic Parallels Between The Murder Of Ricardo Dos Santos & 8x World Jiu Jitsu Champion Leandro Lo

Two Brazilian sporting icons killed brazenly by off-duty police officers.

Aug 9, 2022

The Pick-Up, Vans US Open: In The Belly Of The Beast

Finger flips, shaping with Zion Wright, slurpees, Hawaiian takeovers, and the king of Surfline rewinds.

Aug 8, 2022

Albee Layer Discusses His Not-So-Budding Acting Career And The Upcoming Film “Sweet Adventure”

"Matt and Nora were tripping a little harder than I was just because they weren't…

Aug 8, 2022