Rob Machado: San Diego’s Guide to Surfing and More

Rob Machado - San Diego's Guide to Surfing
Rob Machado - San Diego's Guide to Surfing and More

Pro surfer Rob Machado shares what he loves in San Diego’s Guides to the Good Stuff

Though he was born in Australia, Rob Machado is a San Diegan through and through. This professional surfer has been in the water all over the world, but he still loves surfing San Diego. “I’ve been a lot of places, and there’s not that many places around the world where you have an area that so compact with so many good surf spots,” Rob says.


You’ll probably find Rob catching waves at Swami’s beach or the Cardiff State Beach known as Seaside, but surfing isn’t the only thing that Rob loves about San Diego. Check out Rob Machado’s favorite things around San Diego.

Rob’s Favorite Food Stops

Surfing works up a serious appetite. Fortunately, Rob knows you don’t have to stray far from the beach to find good food in San Diego.

Rob Machado’s Picks for Live Music

One of Rob’s favorite things to do in San Diego is see live music. Try catching a show at one of his three favorite San Diego music venues.

  • Belly Up: According to Rob, the Belly Up is “one of the best venues for music in the world.” He loves the all-wood interior, and says “it’s got a really good vibe.”
  • Spreckels Theater: Rob says one of the best live music performances he’s ever seen was Bon Iver at the Spreckels Theater. “It was a very intimate setting – it was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop.”
  • Copley Symphony Hall: Another one of Rob’s favorite concert going experiences in San Diego was seeing Eddie Vedder play solo at Copley Symphony Hall. “It just gives me the chills thinking about it!”

Catch more of Rob Machado’s San Diego tips, including his advice for beginning surfers, at

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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!). What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day? Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah. What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity? Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter. Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine? Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger. Latest music purchases for my iPod player are… I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately. Follow Candice on Twitter @candicesd

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