Rob Machado is not just one of the world’s greatest surfers; he’s one of the sport’s most recognizable characters, a living icon who continues to expand the definition of what professional surfing is all about. Known for his Zen-like flow both on land and in the water, Machado was consistently amongst the top seeded competitors while on the ASP World Tour. With 12 career WCT victories, Machado has been among the elite top ten most popular surfers since 1996 on Surfer Magazine’s Surfer Poll and was inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame in 2000 and re-inducted in 2006. “In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious honor of Waterman’s of the Year by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) and in 20011 the City of Huntington Beach California awarded him with a star on the Surfing Walk of Fame.” In 2004 Rob established The Rob Machado Foundation, which in partnership with the Cardiff SEA develops and financially supports the “greening” of Machado’s hometown’s elementary school district. Since inception, the collaboration initiatives have included onsite recycling, organic gardening and healthy lunch programs. More information on programs can be found at www.RobMachadoFoundation.org.
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The new SuperFreak 4/3 chest zip wetsuit for O’Neill is a great PERFORMANCE minded suit. It comes with O’Neill’s new FUZE zip technology which locks the bad water out and keeps you nice and toasty. The thing I love about the chest zip is the added flexibility in the back. Plus, without the hard zipper on the back, the neck is smooth when looking up and you don’t get that bulge on your neck. The flexibility on the top half of the suit is great but in the legs it is less flexible. This does not matter much though. This suit has no fancy stitching or gluing, its pretty straight forward. There are minimal panels on the suit for added flex and performance. This is a decent suit that is worth the 200 bucks.
This board has a new flex system that gives it more drive. The black V’s on it give it more rigidity to allow it to project through turns and fly down the line. My board has a very flat rocker which allows it to go even faster. Almost all Vernor boards are made with this I-Beam suspension tech. The way it is made is like this, after the board is shaped, two deep cuts are made in the blank and carbon fiber bars are placed into them. After that the fin boxes are drilled and after that the glassing stage comes in. Two carbon fiber strips 2 inches wide are placed over the rods and then normal glassing commences. Get a Vernor at a local surf shop or order one at this website, vernorsurfboards.com.
The use and the way some people post is good, but the best system to use is CARS. This stands for Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness and Support. Credibility, you should site your sources. I got all of my info off of this site, check it out! You should be on point with your words and the way you use them. so use sources to get the correct info. Support your ideas by siting your sources. Using support gives you Credibility and the circle goes around again.
- At the latest Event in the ASP lineup. The Telstra Drug Aware Pro contest is on. The event is located at Margaret River with 6-8 ft waves rolling through. The long lulls and strong wind was a big factor in the first day of surf but many pulled through with a win.
- Many viewers crowded the cliffs to watch 11x world champion Kelly Slater paddle out and get the highest total score of the day.
- A 16.60 was awarded to the champ in a heat against, Tom Innes (AUS) 10.50, Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 5.93, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 4.97.
- Also the number 5. in the world Owen Wright explains, “It’s a touch bigger out there so I took out my 6’5 board,” Wright said. “I was going for an air on the end section and I saw a rock right there, but I thought I could do it. Then when I landed I was almost on dry reef, I’m lucky I didn’t knock the fins out of my board.” A wave that sucks water with an outgoing tide is pretty fun because it gets faster and bowls up. But the scary reef will make some think twice about punting an air or pulling into a barrel.
- Local pro surfer Nat Young was beaten by 1 point by two of the the most famous surfers on tour. Props to Nat for all the hard work he’s been doing for Santa Cruz.
- Kelly Slater was eliminated the next day by Tom Whitaker in a hard fought battle only winning by .12 points.
- Check out more of the ASP action here
““Challenging different fun keeps a smile on my face interesting,” Rob had to say about the board. “I’ve been calling it ‘board eat board’. My fish got hungry and ate my round tail and my alaia. I think it’s 5’4 x 19″ x 1 3/4″” This board seems very fun to ride. The bottom has the pin tail gun type of outline but the top is like a really wide funky looking fish. It seems as if Machado had taken two boards and shoved them together. Put Dane in a blue room with a block of foam, throw out the measuring tools, freehand the outline, eyeball your fin placement, and you have the ingredients for something completely different from CI. While the “Sperm Whale” is not for everyone, those with some wave knowledge and a penchant for challenge can find an entirely different groove. Check it out
The new and improved Epic II CT is a great wetsuit for a great price. The Epic II CT has many new features some retaining to the award winning Psycho Series with its FluidFlex Firewall Chest. This wind and water whipping system is great for those windy sessions and also is an extreme upper on the warmth scale. Also the blackout zip closure system locks out water with dual layered teeth. The double seal neck closure is a very good water lock but can give some gnarly rashes if your out for more than a couple hours. Pros and Cons of this suite; Pros: Very warm and pretty flexible. The knee pads work awesome for duck diving and don’t hinder the suits flexibility. Cons: The suite has almost zero flex through the back and the wrist and ankle seals are not the best. Also the suites seams wear very fast so be prepared to sew if you get this suite. I would give this suite a 7/10 overall.
A local profesional surfer Anthony Ruffo was sentenced to 2 years in prison, 2 years in sheriff’s custody program, and 1 year in mandatory supervision. This news has struck friends and family hard. Because Ruffo entered a “no contest” plea, the judge gave him only 1 year in county instead of 2. Yet this is not his first run in with the law. All of which on meth charges first in 2005 for selling methamphetamine and being under the influence of the drug. Now, a raid was set on his home on the Westside of Santa Cruz came up with an ounce of the drug.
The waves are coming out of the WNW again! This means most of the beaches will be closed out. Best bet is to go up to the Eastside or West of Santa Cruz. There is going to be a lot of kooks out on Saturday so get out there early. There will be a slight bump to the surface during most of the day. Get out early or go out late.