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Guide to the
Whether you are just learning or a seasoned surfer spending time in the “green room,”
San Diego has a wealth of world-famous surf breaks for neophytes, groms and pros.
Grew Up Surfing: At Swami’s in
Encinitas. It’s one of the best
waves in San Diego, and draws
all of the best surfers in the
area when it’s good.
Favorite Breaks: I love surfing
in what I refer to as the bubble
around my house. It spans
about a mile in either direction
and contains numerous waves:
Swami’s, Cardiff, Seaside,
Pipes and more.
Surf Shop: Hansen’s. Don
Hansen is my neighbor, and I
like to support the locals.
Advice to Young Surfers:
Respect the beaches and surf
because you love it.
When He’s Not Surfing: Nothing wrong with a nice stand-up
paddle or heading inland to one
of the many beautiful hikes.
Always Takes Visitors To: See a
good band at the Belly Up Tavern.
Passion Project: My nonprofit,
Rob Machado Foundation, that
supports and initiates educational programs focused on
helping children understand their
contribution to a healthy earth.
Iconic surfer and
Sea local, Rob
the world chasing
waves and photo-
graphing surf culture, along
with serving as an environ-
mental steward through
his foundations. LA JOLLA SHORES
This pristine stretch of beach
just south of the famous
Scripps Pier offers soft waves
and a slew of surf schools,
making this one of the most
beginner-friendly beaches in
the city. There’s also a park
for kids and picnic areas all
around, making it a stellar
place to spend the day with
the entire family. Head south
to nearby La Jolla Cove, where
seals frolic and lounge in the
protected Children’s Pool.
Home to San Diego’s most famous surfer Rob Machado, Cardiff-by-the-Sea boasts longboarders,
standup paddlers and surfers riding every kind of board made from the ’60s to present day. Check
out the infamous Cardiff Kook statue, often dressed in costume or decorated for an occasion.
A mecca for advanced surfers seeking the best waves off San Diego’s coast, this iconic spot is also
known as San Diego’s unofficial “clothing optional” beach, so brace yourselves for some birthday
suit sightings. The most popular route to the beach is down the bluffs at Torrey Pines Gliderport.
It’s a steep climb and trails can be unsteady, so be cautious.
Rob Machado surfing