Rob Machado

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Rob Machado
Robert Machado, Professional Surfer.jpg
Machado in 2009
Personal information
Birth nameRobert Edward Machado
BornOctober 16, 1973 (1973-10-16) (age 49)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight140 lb (64 kg)
Machado performing a cutback at Lower Trestles in Southern California

Robert Edward Machado (born October 16, 1973) is an Australian-born American professional surfer.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Machado attended San Dieguito High School. He describes himself in interviews, vlogs and social media as a "soul surfer," or freesurfer,.[3] He was largely active in the competitive surfing scene from 1993 to 2000, and was still competing in World Surf League events until 2012.[4]


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.[5]

Machado is a 2011 inductee into the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, California in the surf champion category.[6]

On December 31, 2019, Machado announced he would no longer be associated with Hurley International after having been sponsored by the surf company for nearly 20 years, due to the new ownership group's desire to cut spending.[7] He is now sponsored by Vuori, Reef, Dragon and Firewire.[citation needed]

Environmental activism[edit]

Machado formed the Rob Machado Foundation, an organization focused on environmental causes.[8][9]

Career highlights[edit]

Machado has won the Hawaii's Pipeline Masters (Triple Crown of Surfing),[10] and the U.S. Open of Surfing,[11] the largest surfing event held on the U.S. mainland.


  1. ^ "Rob Machado |". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Rob Machado Foundation". Rob Machado Foundation. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  3. ^ Saatsaz, Cyrus. "An Interview with Rob Machado". The Inertia. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Rob Machado Surfer Bio | Age, Height, Videos & Results".
  5. ^ "The Drifter (2009)". 3 November 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  6. ^ Carroll, Corky (9 June 2011). "Walk of Fame inductee list one of the best ever". The Orange County Register.
  7. ^ Heyden, Dylan. "Rob Machado and Hurley Part Ways After Nearly 20 Years". The Inertia. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  8. ^ Tucker, Kelly (6 November 2015). "Rob Machado Foundation Works to Protect the Environment - The Surfers View". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  9. ^ Varga, George (8 November 2013). "Rob Machado rides waves of change". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  10. ^ Arritt, Dan (1 August 2003). "Machado Is Left With Nowhere to Look but Up". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  11. ^ Thomas, Pete (31 July 2006). "Machado Rules Pier – and Peers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 September 2010.

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