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Machado Creations Single Fins

Surfy Surfy shop rat and team rider Rob Machado has been secretly shaping surfboards for years now.

Rob has finally started his own surfboard label, Machado Creations.

Classic outlines for classic clean surfing.

The logo is the branding mark that was used by Rob’s great, great grandfather, Agustin Machado, who was one of the first settlers in the Los Angeles area in the 1800s.

Rob has definitely caught Single Fin Fever, for which their is no cure.

The shapes are really clean and well done. Impressive work. 

5’11” x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/2″

We took a deposit on this one the other day.

Here is Rob learning how to glass under the watchful eye of Gary Stuber at Moonlight Glassing, late 1990’s. 

Rob recently got the cover of Surfer Magazine. Photo by Grant Ellis. 

The 5’11” is called the Tom/Taylor model.
5’11” X 18 3/4″ X 2 1/2″
It’s available for scrutiny here at the shop,
or purchase via our fancy online store: clicky clicky 
Rob shaped his first board in 2003. Here is a photo: click
Keep your eyes peeled for more single fins by Rob in stock in the near future. 

Case Study Surfboard #2: 5’11” Chile Bonzer Replica

Shaped in 2009 by Malcolm Campbell for Justin Phillips. This board is a replica of what is now known as the Chile Bonzer, a board shaped for Rob Machado in 2004. Rob took it on a trip to Chile in 2005 and some cool footage of Rob smoothly surfing nice back lit waves began to circulate on the Internet (see video clip below).

5’11” x 19″ x 2 1/2″

The Chile Bonzer is kind of a hybrid of the Shelter model and the Mini-Merk model. Interestingly we have never made this board as a production model despite that almost everyone who borrows it orders one.

The beak nose allows for more foam, this bucks the trend of standard performance shortboards which have had thin low volume noses since the early 90’s. I personally prefer my shortboards to have this beak nose, better paddle and a more balanced feeling surfboard in my opinion.

Currently running it with a True Ames 6″ Bonzer fin.

Justin rode it mostly with a 7″ Rusty fin by Rainbow Fin Co.

Bamboo Bonzer siderunners by Marlin Bacon of 101 Fin Co. Bamboo fins are light and classy looking. The bead does require a little maintenance from time to time from nicking rocks.  The rear foreground fin needs a dab of Solarez.

The iconic “TV Heads” Campbell Brothers logo and the classy Moonlight Glassing logo.

Justin Phillips on this board late evening winter Swami’s.

Frame grab Rob Machado highlining in Chile.
Machado’s Chile Bonzer had a full resin tint. Rob had generously left this board at Moonlight and  I used to ride this board all the time until he showed a few months ago and finally grabbed it back.
The most tubed man on the planet, Jon Roseman also has a replica of the Machado Chile Bonzer. Jon rides his in Fiji. Photo courtesy of the Frog Master.
4 oz s-cloth w/airbrush

Ando & Friends “Birdfish” sticker. Andy Davis is a local artist/bro. His company Ando & Friends may be defunct but this sticker lives on. Andy currently has a line with Billabong.

Resin leash loops are rad.

This board always seems to have various incarnations of Franken Pads (different traction pads cobbled together).

Justin’s Chile Bonzer as it is today, in the hands of Surfy Surfy and needing an oil change, but water tight and still shreddy.


Footage of Rob Machado surfing his “Chile Bonzer”. Video courtesy of the Campbell Bros. Filmed by Cyrus Sutton.

Custom orders are possible. Inquire at surfysurfy@gmail.com or call 760-452-7687

thanks,

JP St Pierre