Surfing with Vogue and Rob Machado in Encinitas

Photo Credit to Vogue and Mario Testino

Have you seen the June 2010 issue of Vogue?

There is a great article featuring Gossip Girl hottie Blake Lively and San Diego’s own surf god, Rob Machado.  In it, they take to the waves right here in San Diego.

Below is a quick review of the surf breaks and beaches mentioned in the Vogue article – you can always check out the full scoop on our surfing options with our beach guide.

Encinitas’ Swami’s is named for the Indian-styled Self Realization Fellowship complex on the bluff, is another San Diego surf spot with a well defined peak and a crowd beyond its capacity. Swami’s makes just enough of a bend in the coast to pick up a little extra swell energy, so it’s always a bit bigger and better than its neighboring breaks.

Cardiff-by-the-Sea’s break is a short cobblestone beach with reefs at either end. Tabletops to the south and Cardiff Reef to the north are both fun shouldery waves, best on southwest swells and ideal for cutbacks and action in the lip. In these nurturing conditions, pros like Rob Machado and Taylor Knox honed their trade.

La Jolla Shores is one of San Diego’s best and most popular beaches. Somewhat protected from the prevailing southwest wind, it’s a safe, gentle spot to learn and enjoy surfing. There are year-round lifeguard services, good beach facilities and decent parking. Most of the formal surf schools operate here for this reason, and a lot of local kids practice their basics at the Shores before graduating to bigger and better breaks.

Are you itching to get out on the waves?

Submit a comment and one lucky winner will receive a 1.5 hour surfing lesson from Surf Diva at La Jolla Shores – recognized world-wide as one of the best surfing schools.

Photo Credit to Vogue and Mario Testino

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About Suzzanne

I love to buy books, but seldom actually finish one. I like african violets, my iPhone, and everything that smells like lavender.  I am seriously adverse to the cold and am known to bring a sweatshirt to the beach in the summer.  I have two kids – a boy whose 10 and a girl 12.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

It would start by having breakfast somewhere near the ocean – either Pannikin in Encinitas or Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach.  Then we would head to the beach hang out for a few hours, head home and then catch a concert in the park in Balboa Park.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

We love riding our bikes around town.  There are great places to ride in San Diego that kids can handle – Coronado Island, Point Loma or the boardwalk in Pacific Beach are just a few.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Depends on the day, a good burger and craft brew can really hit the spot, but I would probably end up ordering linguine and white wine.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Snow Patrol, O.A.R., Mike Moran, Eric Hutchinson

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15 thoughts on “Surfing with Vogue and Rob Machado in Encinitas

  1. Having taken a surf lesson in LA, I can atest to a) how much fun it is and b) what a big difference even a single lesson can make. I love that this is being promoted in beautiful San Diego as well!

  2. I love how hamish describes the whole experience. Very entertaining. Been wanting to learn how to surf ever since me and my friend watched Point Break at the movie theater. Recently watched North Shore for the millionth time. I’m totally down to go out there and get my fins wet! And I love the wet “suit” pic. Fantastic! Peace….

  3. Thanks for the reviews on the great SD beaches. With summer coming up, I’m sure I’ll be checking out this site for fun ideas to enjoy this wonderful city of ours. And maybe even try surfing this year!

  4. I have 2 “land-sharks” from Phoenix, AZ that would love to give surfing a go. My 4 and 6 year old boys have watched surfers with great trepidation from the safety of the shoreline and yet they share an eagerness to try their hand at hangin’ 10. La Jolla Shores sounds like the place for these two rookies.

  5. You bring back lots of good SD memories for me! 🙂 I used to live in Cardiff and spent many hours watching the surfers We’ll be out for a vacay this summer, so please throw my name into the hat!

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