Kalani Robb is a few years younger than me, which put him directly in my crosshairs growing up. Like a fly trapped under a glass, the kid buzzed with an absurd amount of energy. Naturally I felt it was my duty to pick on him as much as possible. But honestly, all things considered, we were all pretty easy on him. Any maturity he lacked on land he made up for ten fold in the water. All of Hawaii was very proud of him and I think he knew at a very young age that he was carrying a lot of hopes, and even responsibility, on his shoulders.
Joining the ASP tour at the ripe old age of 18, Robb went head first into his long successful career until it all came to a seemingly sudden stop a couple of years ago. After many good years competing on tour and hundreds of trips with Taylors Steele, he has nothing to be ashamed of looking back at his career, but you can't help wondering what pulled him away from the spotlight?
What have you been up to the last couple of years?
I have been traveling back and forth between Hawaii and California, doing a little bit of surfing, but mostly working for the Mauli Ola Foundation, which helps kids with genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, by taking them surfing. I help set up the tours as well as little bit of marketing for the foundation.
So do you have an office and actually work 9:00 to 5:00?
Yes, I might go for a quick surf in the morning, but then it's off to work where I'll check my emails make some calls, make sure we have everything from donations to tour dates squared away. It's all about the kids. That's why I do this, I love giving back and making a positive contribution for theses kids.
All those years traveling with you on tour you were the biggest kid at heart. Now you have a "real" job, just got married and have a kid on the way, what gives?
It feels like a whole new life. Everything is different now. Pro surfing is definitely on the back burner. I've been invited to go shoot for Taylor Steele's new movie and I may do that, but it's all about my family now, especially with my baby girl due this March.
Looking back on your career is there anything that you are most proud of, least proud of? Anything you would do over or change?
I don't know, I guess I'm proud of a lot of my results on tour, such as finishing in the Top Five one year, and my win at the Backdoor Shootout, but mostly I think we're defined by our work with Taylor Steele. There was a lot of effort put into that and people seemed to really like all the movies, so I'm really proud of that.
Speaking of contests, you are here in Hawaii to compete in the Clash of the Legends Momentum Edition. Are you amped?
I was surprised. There are a lot of really good surfers from the Momentum Generation, so to be chosen, yeah I'm super stoked.
I know you still have a lot of fans out there, is there anything in the future that we can look for, any projects? You seem like you are still healthy and ripping.
I didn't quite do a "Bobby Martinez," but you know, I saw some politics on tour that I didn't like, so that was the main reason I stopped in 2005. I had a few good years with Fox and Hurley, but now with no real support I'm pretty much happy to be where I'm at with my new family and work in California.