Rob Machado

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Rob Machado
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Professional Surfer Rob Machado provides live commentary during the Boost Mobile Pro at Lower Trestles, September 2009
Robert Edward Machado

October 16, 1973 (1973-10-16) (age 45)
Home townSan Diego, California
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight140 lb (64 kg)

Robert Edward Machado (aka Rob Machado) (born October 16, 1973, Sydney, Australia)[1] is an American professional surfer and environmental activist.[2][3] He is married to Sophie Vilardo and have a son together. His great-great grandfather, Agustin Machado, was an early Mexican settler in California and owned Rancho La Ballona, located in the present-day Westside region of Los Angeles County.[4]

Early years[edit]

Machado attended San Dieguito High School, and is known for his casual, "laid-back" style both in and out of the water taught. He is still considered a "soul surfer," or Freesurfer,[5] largely because he does not compete, or is not considered 'professionally' active in the sport.

Because of his soft-spoken, humble personality and his disinterest in the spotlight, along with his fluid surfing style, which has earned him the nickname "Mr. Smoothy."

He is one of the best-known goofy-foot (Rides with right foot forward) surfers in the world today. His style influences include Gerry Lopez, California's masters of style duo Oliver Lobdell and Taylor Lobdell, who he saw surfing on soft tops at River Jetties in 1990 and has tried to emulate their styles ever since.


Machado hosts and participates in an annual event held at his home reef called the Rob Machado Surf Classic and Beach Fair, which is an amateur competition for the locals of all ages, and it includes demo sessions with Machado and other pros, as well as a lunchtime break when he talks with kids and gives them pointers. The competition crowns a King and Queen of the Reef for the best overall performances in a combination of surf-related events over the weekend.

Machado is frequently voted in surf magazine polls as readers' favorites, and has had many sponsors, including Hurley, Reef, and Nixon.

Machado is a very good friend of and served as an inspiration to quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer of the Life Rolls On Foundation.[6]

Machado portrayed "himself" in the 2007 animated picture, Surf's Up. Machado also starred in his own feature film released in the late 90s titled "Drifting". Additionally, Rob wrote and starred in the 2009 film, The Drifter.[7]

Machado was featured in Vogue magazine's summer issue (June 2010) with Blake Lively, in photographs which were taken in Cardiff and Encinitas, California.

Machado is a 2011 inductee into the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, California in the surf champion category.[8]

Machado also had a pro-model INT soft board made for him after his experience at River Jetties in 2002.

Environmental Activism[edit]

During 2014, Machado showed his support for environmental causes by taking part in a project that uses recycled surfing foam to create surfboard blanks. Machado has often been outspoken about the impact surfboards have on our environment and this is another step taken toward not only increasing awareness among the general public, but by physically proving that if we use our creative minds there are alternatives out there to the wasteful process that takes place when making and shaping surfboards.

Machado formed the Rob Machado Foundation, an organization focused on environmental causes.[9][10]

Career Highlights[edit]

Machado has won many of pro surfing's most prestigious contests, including Hawaii's Pipeline Masters (Triple Crown of Surfing),[11] and the U.S. Open of Surfing,[12] the largest surfing event held on the U.S. mainland. His 2006 win in that competition was only his latest at Huntington Beach, and it came on the heels of his victory at the 2006 Monster Energy Pro (also held at Pipeline) on Oahu's North Shore. Also, Machado was on the "West" team that won the 2006 Summer X Games surfing competition, called "The Game," held each year in Mexico.


He is now retired from the WCT (World Championship Tour), but was among the top contenders until injuries began plaguing him in the past few years. Nevertheless, he's finished in the top three of the world in the year-end rankings twice. Since retiring, he has concentrated on a select few surfing competitions that are close to his heart. The surfing magazines and his videos and films keep him in the public eye.


  1. ^ "Rob Machado". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  2. ^ "Rob Machado". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  3. ^ "Rob Machado Foundation". Rob Machado Foundation. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
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  5. ^ Saatsaz, Cyrus. "An Interview with Rob Machado". The Inertia. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  6. ^ "Board". Life Rolls On. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  7. ^ "The Drifter (2009)". Retrieved 2015-10-04.
  8. ^ Carroll, Corky (June 9, 2011). "Walk of Fame inductee list one of the best ever". The Orange County Register.
  9. ^ Tucker, Kelly. "Rob Machado Foundation Works to Protect the Environment - The Surfers View". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  10. ^ Varga, George. "Rob Machado rides waves of change". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  11. ^ Arritt, Dan (2003-08-01). "Machado Is Left With Nowhere to Look but Up". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
  12. ^ Thomas, Pete (2006-07-31). "Machado Rules Pier – and Peers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
Professional surfer Rob Machado performs a cutback at Lower Trestles in Southern California.

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