He lives on a hill overlooking Cardiff Reef with views of six different waves in the morning and in the evening there is a fully equiped shaping bay on the opposite side of his Cardiff home from the side you can see the view from in the morning.
There are palm trees. The look of his home is decidedly Balinese. Reef sandals line every door step and surf trophies line the garden and friends are always dipping in from the East Coast or Australia and most recently Japan – Rip Zinger – a Japanese photographer who Rob and his wife sophie just helped get a visa so that he, Rip, could leave Japan and live and work here, at Rob’s house. Because Rob’s house has guest rooms for friends. Several. Always occupied and always full of laughs and always stocked with surfboards.
There are actually few friends better to have if you weigh 145 pounds and enjoy borrowing surfboards from your friends because Rob’s generosity with his friends borders heroism. The Seaside parking lot just one mile from his home shows many of Rob’s surfboards under the arms of people who are not Rob Machado.
Newly painted lines in the parking lot at Seaside. Photo: Glaser.
There are also many vans in the Seasdie parking lot. Mercedes Sprinters, Dodge Promasters and the like, all livable or at least nappable but there is only one Creeper; a name given to Rob’s boardroom on wheels that predates the birthdates of at least half the people who read this. A van that Rob bought years ago from a friend who needed cash as a favor. A friend who at the time, was living in one of Rob’s guestrooms.
Inside it are Go Fish. A Midas. Several midlenths in development. And the brand new Seaside. Built in Helium he describes its feelings while surfing it as ” Lighter. Faster,flexier… got a little flow to it ” which is exactly what it feels like when you hang with Rob. Right Now. Like a little flow has rubbed off on you. Like your life has become ligher and less serious. As if your limbs are more flexy and loose like the rebounding bend of a Helium surfboard beneath you being sprung from a turn on a shoulder high shoulder at Seaside Reef.