Stab Magazine | Watch: The Unrelenting Relevance of Bobby Martinez

Live now: How Surfers Get Paid, Season Finale


Watch: The Unrelenting Relevance of Bobby Martinez

Four fin Gold Coast decimation and the current state of surfing.

cinema // Aug 10, 2018
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Bobby Martinez is often misunderstood.

While many find it easy to associate the man with 60 seconds of audio 7 years ago, truth is, he’s not jaded; in fact, he’s more vibrant than ever.

Does he hold strong opinions on surf matters? Yes. Does he ram them down the throats of every active scroller? No. In fact Bobby doesn’t care for connecting on social media at all.

According to Bobby, “The best things in life are private, so why share that with the a bunch of people you don’t know?”


Untitled 1.188.4

“I’m not married or anything but it was honestly inspiring to see how much he loved his family,” said filmmaker, Dan Scott. “He has two kids so that was a big part of his routine every morning and day to day if he wasn’t surfing.”

For the two weeks we shot with Bobby at Tugun, on the Gold Coast, Bobby was up at 4:45am every single day. He’s eating well, still training, still psyched on chasing waves.

It was obvious that he takes delight trading the densely-populated hills of Santa Barbara for Queensland’s laid back sandy points.

Bobby’s an intelligent man, holds his friends dear and his family dearer, and despite anything he may have said in the past, still respects and appreciates the various shades of surf.

“When I look at my life and surfing, I wouldn’t change anything,” Bobby told Stab during one of our last passes. “I’ve travelled the world, I’ve met a lot of great people, I met my wife, and we have a daughter together, we have a family.”

Dive in above to ride shotgun with Bobby in the short film by Dan Scott for Stab and Monster Energy, a fine chance to refresh your acquaintance with one of surfing’s most unforgettable personalities.

Untitled 1.20.18

Time and time again Bobby makes a rock solid case for running the four fin setup with his signature spring-loaded backhand strike.


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

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Watch: ‘Haiku’

Scenes From a Remote Reality, by Vans & Karina Rozunko

Mar 25, 2023

Sun Room: The Overnight Success Of A Young Surf Band

What's it like touring the world and living off of McDonald's?

Mar 25, 2023

How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 6

An instructional manual for the modern professional surfer

Mar 23, 2023


Caity Simmers — Extreme Competitive Surf Vlogger

Cool is chemical.

Mar 23, 2023

Globe Pulls Out Of The Apparel Game

…and, Taj Burrow and Dion Agius are now looking for new main sponsors.

Mar 22, 2023

Owen Wright Announces Retirement From Competitive And Heavy-Water Surfing

But will surf final CT event at Bells.

Mar 22, 2023


Fancy An Ale, Some Good Music, And A Bunch Of Tubes?

Ballet's minimalist full-length will satiate your needs.

Mar 22, 2023

João Chianca Spent Seven Years On The QS Without A Sponsor

And look where he is now.

Mar 22, 2023

Take Stab’s 2023 Audience Survey, Win A 3-Board Quiver

Stab towels and Premium subscriptions also up or grabs.

Mar 21, 2023

Jessi Miley Dyer On The New Challenger Series Schedule And More

Did you know that you could miss the mid-year cut and still theoretically win the…

Mar 20, 2023


Don’t Miss The Last Wave Of The First 2023 SEOTY Entry

Jacob Willcox's ‘Into Dust’ just set the bar.

Mar 20, 2023

Warren Smith on New Welcome Rivers Range and Buying Jaguars on Facebook Marketplace  

Now available in the Antipodes...

Mar 20, 2023


Wavegarden Spills How The Sausage Is Made

BTS of their global air wave rollout ft. Yago Dora, Dion Agius, Reef Heazlewood and…

Mar 18, 2023

Minds, Machines, And The Magic Of Hands

How modern shapers split their time between designing files and hand-finishing boards.

Mar 18, 2023


Are Hectic Lefts The Final Finless Frontier?

William Aliotti is on the right-foot-forward fringes.

Mar 17, 2023

Watch: Luke + Eddie

A mostly unknown, on-duty lifeguard won the most prestigious big-wave event in history. How Luke…

Mar 17, 2023


A Pipe Master, Ryan Burch, And Some Pickle Forks On The Eastern Seaboard

This one ticks a lot of boxes

Mar 16, 2023

Brazil Has A Talent Problem

And three other things we learned from the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Mar 16, 2023