Photos: A Morning With Rob Machado

posted by / Photos / February 5, 2014

Photos And Captions: Steve Sherman

Rob Machado cardiff

This is the alleyway behind Rob's house in Cardiff. Always got to have some coffee before a surf check.

Rob Machado's van

Rob's surf van is really old and looks like a little sketchy — some of us joke and call it the kidnapping van — but it's perfect to go surfing. And it's a staple in the Seaside parking lot.

Rob Machado van

Here's Rob in his van getting suited up and deciding which board he'll ride.

Rob Machado portrait

I shot a series of these and this one felt like a cool off-moment. He's kind of got a little Bob Marley thing going right now.

Mother seaside doing her thing. And you can see the Rob Machado foundation poster in the foreground. It's a project he did with the town to put new trashcans all along the beach. It's had a big impact; the beaches are a lot cleaner.

Mother Seaside doing her thing. And you can see the Rob Machado foundation poster in the foreground. It's a project he did with the town to put new trashcans all along the beach. It's had a big impact; the beaches are a lot cleaner.

Rob describes what that last wave did.

Rob describes what that last wave did.

This is Rob's Motorboat Too from Channel Islands. It's a little pocket rocket and he rides it so well.

This is Rob's Motorboat Too from Channel Islands. It's a little pocket rocket and he rides it so well.

Rob's getting ready to paddle out. It's hard to recognize him with the hood on — until the second he pops up.

Rob's getting ready to paddle out. It's hard to recognize him with the hood on — until the second he pops up.

I shot the action with a century 1000 lens from across the highway to get a different perspective of Seaside. I told Rob that I wanted to see some turns and he went out and lit it up!

I shot the action with a century 1000 lens from across the highway to get a different perspective of Seaside. I told Rob that I wanted to see some turns and he went out and lit it up!

He's so strong and so skinny, so he gets into waves absurdly early and just rolls on into them. Then he does this.

He's so strong and so skinny, so he gets into waves absurdly early and just rolls on into them. Then he does this.

There's always someone up and riding at Seaside, but Rob's the boss. It's always fun to watch him surf, but he really lit it up this morning.

There's always someone up and riding at Seaside, but Rob's the boss. It's always fun to watch him surf, but he really lit it up this morning.

I really wanted to document a California winter morning from A-Z. It’s interesting to see all the different routines that people have when the waves are on and I figured Rob Machado would be the perfect guy to follow. Rob and I have been friends for a long time — I’m really comfortable around him and I think he’s comfortable with letting me into his world. So I met up with him early and spent the day [or at least the morning] shooting him. Hope you enjoy! -Steve Sherman

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  • mo

    nice story/picutres… makes me smile that my van looks pretty much the same, even without the world title ;)

    go rob, go sherm!

  • Cheese Breeze

    More of these kinds of articles, Surfing! Good stuff.

  • KC

    This is rad…you should do more of these!!

  • suck my balls

    by kidnapping van i think you mean “rape van”. free candy kids!

  • FBI

    Rob,

    Stay clear of da valley, and manini o wali, boo. We love you, but da natives no like the glare of the spotlight. Bruddah Sig is awesome, but bruddah prices his stuff for the Japanese market. Quite a shame, boo. K-Shoots.

  • Mark Otto

    Machado definitely one of my favourite surfers. Always so smooth and in tune with the ocean. Really carving it up on the Al Merrick Pocket Rocket in Cardiff California. Nice one Shermenator…Aloha

  • willie

    rob is the paul newman looka like and eats more salad sea weed than anyone