Rob Machado is no stranger to traveling the planet in search of waves. In his calendar, which is generally left open to chase swells, he has a rendezvous each year that he never misses. This is when he heads to France to catch up with his teenage daughter, Macy. They live oceans apart. Macy in Reunion Island on the Indian Ocean; Rob on the Pacific.
On his last trip to Europe, Rob’s campervan rolled through the lush Basque mountainside in north Spain and into our private demo center, with Macy in the passenger’s seat. “Macy was supposed to be training with the Reunion Island surf team in Hossegor. But I wanted to bring her here instead, so we could hang out and surf together”, said Rob with a smile.
Macy was obviously pleased to be spending some quality time with her father. “We only see each other once a year. Surfing, just the both of us, is so much fun”. And when asked what it’s like to be the daughter of a surfing icon, Macy replied. “For me, he’s the king of style. I try to copy him all the time. He’s my favorite surfer”.
It was Rob’s first visit to Wavegarden’s demo center and he was pleasantly suprised. “It’s amazing how much the wave can change and how diverse it is with all the different options. There are so many choices. Do I want to get barreled; do I want to do turns? It’s tough to make the right call. But every call is the right call”.