Robert Wintner is the nom de plume (et de la guerre) of Snorkel Bob, Hawaii’s biggest reef outfitter and only mask, fin and snorkel manufacturer. Snorkel Bob designs, develops and engineers the optimal reef experience.
As Executive Director of the Snorkel Bob Foundation, Wintner works for reef recovery and the global campaign to ban the aquarium trade; “It’s all one reef.”
Wintner’s fiction and memoir spans decades above and below sea level and is recognized for excellence. The Modern Outlaws, a motorcycle adventure, was optioned for film rights, and so was Whirlaway, which is still a cult classic on Maui. Wintner’s short fiction has appeared in Hawaii Review (University of Hawaii) and Sports Illustrated. His historical novel, In a Sweet Magnolia Time was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a PEN/Faulkner Award.
Reef photography rounds out the opus with four volumes on reef culture and characters of Palau, Hawaii, the Great Reef, the Virgins, Fiji, the Tahiti and Cuba. A fifth volume, Dragon Walk will link reef health and politics in Indonesia, the Philippines and Hawaii.
The sum of these parts comprises a reef conservationist with a gift for composition, focus and insight. Wintner is heard across the Hawaiian Islands and around the world.
Robert Wintner lives on Maui with Anita, Cookie, Sambo, Buck, Rocky, Yoyo, Elizabeth, Inez, Tootsie and Larry. His writing draws on real time experience, combining decades on the high seas and below the surface with a literary style honed to efficiency. A California Closing, Where market value looks moxie in the eye, and all parties sign off, is a little slice of California living. And Reefdog is an adventure romance of Hawaii and Polynesia with fishy values. Reefdog is Robert Wintner’s sixteenth novel.
Wintner has worked against the aquarium trade in Hawaii and around the world for years. He is known in Hawaii business for media substance that entertains, and he uses his professional skills to conserve Hawaii reefs.