Rob Machado

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Rob Machado
Robert Machado, Professional Surfer.jpg
Rob Machado, 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 (born October 16, 1973, Sydney, Australia) is an American professional surfer and environmental activist.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Machado attended San Dieguito High School. He is considered[by whom?] a "soul surfer," or Freesurfer,[3] largely because he does not compete, or is not considered 'professionally' active in the sport.


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.[citation needed]

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.[4]

Machado is a 2011 inductee into the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, California in the surf champion category.[5]

Environmental activism[edit]

Machado formed the Rob Machado Foundation, an organization focused on environmental causes.[6][7]

Career highlights[edit]

Machado has won the Hawaii's Pipeline Masters (Triple Crown of Surfing),[8] and the U.S. Open of Surfing,[9] the largest surfing event held on the U.S. mainland.


  1. ^ "Rob Machado". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  2. ^ "Rob Machado Foundation". Rob Machado Foundation. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  3. ^ Saatsaz, Cyrus. "An Interview with Rob Machado". The Inertia. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  4. ^ "The Drifter (2009)". Retrieved 2015-10-04.
  5. ^ Carroll, Corky (June 9, 2011). "Walk of Fame inductee list one of the best ever". The Orange County Register.
  6. ^ Tucker, Kelly. "Rob Machado Foundation Works to Protect the Environment - The Surfers View". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  7. ^ Varga, George. "Rob Machado rides waves of change". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  8. ^ Arritt, Dan (2003-08-01). "Machado Is Left With Nowhere to Look but Up". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
  9. ^ 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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