Rob Machado: cool facts about the surfer-environmentalist

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Rob Machado: the most famous surfer-environmentalist on the planet | Photo: Four Seasons Maldives

Rob Machado is one of the most popular surfers on the face of the Earth.

Although people can instantly recognize him by his exotic hairstyle, it's his zen-like style in the waves and laid-back attitude out of the water that characterizes him best.

Machado is a surf legend, and he uses his notoriety to draw attention and act when it comes to protecting the natural resources of our planet.

The smoothest-riding surfer of his generation has a busy agenda, but it's in the ocean that he completes himself.

Even though Rob Machado never won a world surfing title - he almost did - the sport and the world we live in are thankful for his actions.

Let's take a snapshot of the most famous free surfer of the modern era:

Eddie Vedder and Rob Machado: when music and surfing get together | Photo: Sherman/WSL

1. His full name is Robert Edward Machado;

2. He was born on October 16, 1973, in Sydney, Australia;

3. Rob's parents met at a ski lodge - they are both passionate skiers;

4. His family moved to Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, when he was four;

5. At a young age, Machado was "scared to death of the ocean";

Rob Machado: drawing clean and stylish lines | Photo: Creative Commons

6. He is a goofy-footed surfer;

7. Rob won the 1986 US Amateur Surfing Championships in the Menehune category;

8. In 1992, the "soul surfer" won the OP Pro Junior and turned professional;

9. One year later, Machado conquered the Professional Surfing Association of America (PSAA) Tour, joined the ASP World Tour, and was named Rookie of the Year;

10. He remained in the elite of surfing for nine seasons (1993-2001);

Rob Machado: he competed for a decade on the ASP World Tour | Photo: Reef

11. Rob Machado won 12 Championship Tour (CT) events;

12. Machado quit the ASP World Tour abruptly in 2001 after not getting an injury wildcard and became a professional free surfer;

13. He created the Rob Machado Surf Classic and Beach Fair, an annual amateur surfing contest held in San Diego;

14. Rob appears in the computer-animated film "Surf's Up";

15. He is, alongside Kelly Slater, one of the stars of "The Drifter," a surf movie by Taylor Steele;

Rob Machado: his surfing style reminds us of Gerry Lopez | Photo: Reef

16. The title "The Drifter" was chosen after a heartbreaking divorce from his first wife, Patou;

17. He has been inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame (2011) in the category "Surf Champion," and in the Surfer's Hall of Fame (2006);

18. He was named Waterman of the Year in 2011 by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA);

19. Rob has two daughters from the relationship with Patou (Rosé and Macy) and a son with Sophie Vilardo (Jaxton);

20. Sophie and Rob opened Salt Culture, a concept clothing and interior design boutique located in Encinitas, California;

21. In 1995, during the Pipeline Masters, Rob Machado gave Kelly Slater the most famous high-five in the history of surfing, and finished the season in the runner-up position;

22. Rob Machado is 5'10'';

23. The Australian-American surfer won the US Open of Surfing in 1995 and the Pipeline Masters in 2000;

24. He was once called the "New Gerry" for his surfing similarities with Hawaiian legend Gerry Lopez;

25. In 1998, Rob Machado, Kelly Slater, and Peter King formed The Surfers, a surf music band that released "Songs from the Pipe";

Rob Machado Foundation: educating kids and promoting healthy lifestyles | Photo: RMF

26. In that year, he played onstage with Pearl Jam in Queensland;

27. He has also performed with Jack Jackson several times;

28. In 2010, Rob Machado and Blake Lively modeled together for Vogue Magazine;

29. The Rob Machado Foundation aims to educate and encourage children to protect the environment at a local level, adopt healthy lifestyles, and keep the ocean and beaches clean and free from plastics;

30. The surfer-environmentalist is a fan of Jimi Hendrix, Jane's Addiction, Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion, Bob Marley, Beastie Boys, Guns N' Roses, Ben Harper The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Beck, and Mississippi John Hurt;

Rob Machado: he has Mexican blood | Photo: RMF

31. Rob Machado loves to play guitar and has a collection of six-strings that include a 1968 Martin acoustic, a 1973 Fender Strat Blonde, a 1978 Les Paul Classic, a 1950s Fender Lap Steel and a Ben Harper Signature Martin model;

32. Machado says his 1973 Dodge Balboa van is his "ultimate freedom vehicle";

33. You can see Rob Machado in action in the movies "Momentum," "What's Next," "Thicker Than Water," "Shelter," "Drifting: The Rob Machado Chronicles" and "Momentum Generation";

34. Rob Machado believes that "style is the nucleus of surfing" and it should be a part of professional surfing's judging criteria;

35. His great-great-grandfather, Jose Agustín Machado (1794–1865), was one of the first settlers of Los Angeles and the owner of Rancho La Ballona, a 13,920-acre land located near the Santa Monica Bay;

Jose Agustín Machado: Rob Machado's great-great-grandfather | Illustration: Creative Commons

36. The free surfer and environmental activist has his own line of boards - Rob Machado Surfboards;

37. Machado currently resides in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California;

38. Golf, ping-pong, and yoga are some of Rob's favorite hobbies;

39. Rob rides for Reef and Hurley;

40. He despises hotels, likes pizza, Açaí bowls, and all Mexican meals, and loves reading Rolling Stone;

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