This Is Rob Machado
Surfer Rob Machado Playlist & Interview Last Updated: Jan 12 2022
I'm a wave rider. Born in Australia, residing in Cardiff-by-the-Sea since 1978. I surfed contests for a while and now I don't. Now I design and shape surfboards for my friends and myself.
Based now: Cardiff-by-the-Sea
What do you like about where you live now?
Fun waves, good food, family.
When and how did you start surfing?
I started riding moving water when I was 7 or 8 yrs old. First on a Morey boogie or with no board at all sometimes. Started standing when I was 9. Got my first surfboard (6'0 SNI stinger single fin) on my 10th birthday. My Dad surfed, and I always wanted to be like him.
Where is your go-to surf spot?
Seaside Reef. Seems like it always has something to ride.
Please tell us about the surfboard you usually ride. Brand, shaper, dimentions, fin setup, etc.
I design and shape all of my own boards and am always looking for new feelings. So that means that I always have at least 4 or 5 sleds in the van ready for just about anything. Single fins, twins, thrusters, quads... no fins?
Where are your favorite surf spots that you've been to?
Where are the surf spots you want to visit in the future that you've never been to?
I always enjoy going to Indonesia. I know there are waves there that I have yet to surf.
Which do you like more, Air or Tube?
Which do you like more, Noseride or Maneuver?
Is a high line a Maneuver? Those are my favorite.
Which one video would you highlight in this playlist and why?
Rob Machado unseen alaia footage from CASTLES IN THE SKY (The Momentum Files). Such a good memory of an amazing trip. Finding this wave and having my alaia with me was a blessing. The perfect wave to ride this piece of equipment at a time when I was most dialed in for this session.
Who are the surfers that inspire you?
I'm inspired every day. The spot I surf has such a deep pool of talent. Every day I paddle out I see great surfing all around me.
What are the surf films/videos that inspire you?
Other than surfing, what are you passionate about?
Shaping crafts that my friends ride... and seeing them stoked.
Who are your favorite bands and musicians?
Bob Marley, Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Jack Johnson, Beck, Neil young.