We called Machado on a rainy So-Cal afternoon last week, as images of Central California lineups filled our phones’ screens, and asked about his year, but also about his broader travel philosophy, whether it’s changed over time, and how he channels that Machado magic in ever-crowded zones.
It’s easier in a sense, but it’s not as easy to score good waves without people, because there are people everywhere.
It’s finding the destination, picking the best window of time, blocking it out, building boards, and piecing together the variables.
With his enlightened air and tread-lightly approach, Rob Machado embodies the intelligent, deliberate traveling surfer, one who chooses his missions carefully, evades crowds, and always finds good waves.
It’s a lot of edge work – going edge to edge, holding that edge for long periods of time.
A whole different excitement for me is building boards to take on trips and then going to different places.
But if I know I’m going to surf pointbreaks, say, or if I’m going to surf slabs, building the boards is when the trip becomes more of a reality and more exciting for me.
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