|From 2003, Rob Machado posing with our old Shaq poster with the first board he shaped shaped, a single fin. Rob did the color lamination and Moonlight did the rest of the work.|
I just stumbled across a lost photo CD from 2003 of Rob Machado and Thomas Campbell making boards for the Costa Rica segment of the surf film Sprout,
Rob Machado-Keep on Truckin’
Rob watches Peter St Pierre tape off a rail.
Filmaker/artist Thomas Campbell and Rob take over the airbrush rack.
Thomas and his signature style.
Gary Stuber gives Rob some last minute advice.
A light orange tint over the airbrush artwork makes for full on groovyness.
“Good job Rob.” sez a watchful Guy Takayama.
The cool thing about surfboards right now is that you can benefit from decades of intense R&D. You can have a Russ Short 1977 Bonzer3 or a Rob Machado 2005 Bonzer5 in the same quiver.
Although Single Fin Fever has tempered some in the last few years these Machado Channel Islands single fins are still some of my favorite boards. The outline, rails and bottom concaves are really bitchin’. For some people the word Retro has morphed into a derogatory term, but I never considered these boards to be a step backwards.
Smooth as butter on a hot skillet, these boards are beyond an exercise in minimalism; the sophisticated details reveal that on close inspection. Providing solid surfing fundamentals the boards were/are a giant leap forward for many surfers.
See Machado’s clean single fin surfing at fun sized Black’s in the Cyrus Sutton film Riding Waves.