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July 22, 2006 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Rob Machado will remember 2001 as the year his dream of becoming a world champion crumbled like a sand castle drying under the summer sun. But it's also the year he discovered that a surfer with his ability doesn't need to wear a crown to earn the respect of a champion, and that fate sometimes smiles upon those with shattered hopes. He broke his hand and missed the second World Championship Tour contest in 2001. The Sept.
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July 30, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
The U.S. Open of Surfing, the world's largest professional surfing competition, begins its nine-day run Saturday in Huntington Beach, where top surfers will compete for a piece of the $350,000 purse, including the $100,000 first prize in the men's division. Huntington Beach native Brett Simpson, who last year became the first Surf City USA native to win the Open, is back. He faces heavyweights Mick Fanning ( Australia), Taj Burrow (Australia), Andy Irons ( Hawaii), C.J. Hobgood ( Florida)
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August 7, 1995 | ERIK HAMILTON
Close friends Rob Machado and Kelly Slater put their friendship aside in the finals of the U.S. Open of Surfing Sunday before an estimated 49,000 at Huntington Beach. But instead of an intense contest, it turned out to be a final of Machado's great rides and Slater's mistakes as Machado won the title and $14,000 in prize money.
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July 31, 2006 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
If a statement was made on the final day of the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing, it began during the quarterfinals, on a large left-handed wave on which Rob Machado performed the kind of mastery that has made him a favorite among fans as well as today's top pros. It continued through Sunday's semifinals when the goofy-footer from Cardiff-by-the-Sea disposed of one of his biggest admirers, and concluded in the form of a triumph over Roy Powers and an unprecedented third U.S.
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September 25, 1992
The Gulls released seven players to cut their training camp roster from 36 to 29 Thursday. Among those cut was defenseman Alan Legget, who played 55 games with the Gulls last season. Leggett had two goals and 18 assists. The others were defenseman Glen Carvey and forwards Sylvain Naud, Eric Lemarque, Tom Sasso, Brad Vigon and Tamas Dobos. The Gulls will hold a scrimmage at the San Diego Ice Arena in Mira Mesa, free to the public, at 4:15 p.m. Saturday.
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August 6, 1994 | JODY BERGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Competing on a moving surface, surfers have to accept what the ocean gives them. And some days, it gives nothing. Ask Rob Machado. Winner of the Op Pro at Huntington Beach Pier last Sunday, Machado did not catch the waves he needed at the same spot Friday in the third round of the U.S. Open of Surfing, losing to Jeff Deffenbaugh. Machado, of Cardiff, surfs regularly on the world championship tour and was seeded fourth in the U.S. Open.
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June 19, 1992
Six San Diego area surfers survived their heats and Jeff Deffenbaugh of Huntington Beach and George Hulse of San Juan Capistrano proved to be the hottest riders during the second day of qualifying rides in the $22,000 Nissan Open at the Municipal Pier Thursday. Deffenbaugh and Hulse both averaged eight out of a possible 10 points in each of their top four rides, giving them 32 points out of a possible 40 for the day in the Bud Pro Surfing Tour event, which continues through Sunday.
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June 8, 1992 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Rob Machado will tell you, nothing works better in small waves than a small surfer. And Machado found the perfect combination Sunday, winning the $22,000 Body Glove Cup at Huntington State Beach, his second consecutive victory on the Bud Pro Surfing tour. Machado edged San Clemente's Shane Beschen, 32.5 to 32, in the four-man final. Laguna Beach's Jeff Booth was third with 28, followed by Brazil's Renan Rocha at 27.5.
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July 29, 2006 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Rob Machado might not win the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing, but on Friday he achieved something few others in the star-studded field will achieve: immortality. Immediately after an electrifying triumph in the round of 48 of the six-star contest at Huntington Beach Pier, the slender goofy-footer from Cardiff-by-the-Sea was ushered across the street and inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame. Machado drew laughter when he expressed concern over stepping into the wet cement with sand on his feet.
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June 23, 1990 | JIM LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rob Machado is a surfer, Michael Chang a tennis player. But they are alike in a lot of ways. They are both friendly, unassuming teen-agers with talent already comparable to some of the best in the world, despite bodies that look very much their age. They also were schoolmates--Chang a grade ahead--at both Oak Glen Junior High and San Dieguito High. Chang, of course, moved on after his sophomore year at San Dieguito and has become one of the world's more recognized athletes.
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July 29, 2006 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Rob Machado might not win the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing, but on Friday he achieved something few others in the star-studded field will achieve: immortality. Immediately after an electrifying triumph in the round of 48 of the six-star contest at Huntington Beach Pier, the slender goofy-footer from Cardiff-by-the-Sea was ushered across the street and inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame. Machado drew laughter when he expressed concern over stepping into the wet cement with sand on his feet.
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July 22, 2006 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Rob Machado will remember 2001 as the year his dream of becoming a world champion crumbled like a sand castle drying under the summer sun. But it's also the year he discovered that a surfer with his ability doesn't need to wear a crown to earn the respect of a champion, and that fate sometimes smiles upon those with shattered hopes. He broke his hand and missed the second World Championship Tour contest in 2001. The Sept.
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August 1, 2003 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Rob Machado is a former world championship runner-up and is among the most popular veteran surfers on the professional tour, but at the Honda Element U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach this week he's having to work his way through qualifying heats as if he were a rookie. In normal circumstances, Machado would be seeded among the top half dozen competitors.
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July 28, 2003 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
All eyes were on Rob Machado as he paddled out just south of the Huntington Beach pier Sunday morning. The Honda Element U.S. Open of Surfing doesn't begin until today, so the few spectators on the beach were surprised to see such a familiar face in the pretrial heats. Machado, a two-time winner of the event, had to start at the rear of the field after entering the event too late to be seeded.
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May 3, 1998 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rob Machado, who scored the contest's only perfect 10 score in the final heat Saturday, rode that wave of momentum to the title in the Body Glove Surfbout XI at Lower Trestles near San Clemente. Machado, who took control of the impressive surf early in the 30-minute final, won the event for the first time, defeating Shane Beschen and Shea Lopez, both of San Clemente, and Taylor Knox of Carlsbad. Machado of Cardiff by the Sea finished with 25.90 points.
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August 7, 1995 | ERIK HAMILTON
Close friends Rob Machado and Kelly Slater put their friendship aside in the finals of the U.S. Open of Surfing Sunday before an estimated 49,000 at Huntington Beach. But instead of an intense contest, it turned out to be a final of Machado's great rides and Slater's mistakes as Machado won the title and $14,000 in prize money.
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July 29, 1995 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After less-than-optimum conditions greeted the men Friday at the Op Pro Surfing Championship at Huntington Beach, Rob Machado had a simple assessment. "You've got to be patient," he said. "That's the key in this competition." Machado, 22, and some of the other top surfers in the world competed for the first time in Round 2 of the main event. But after 10 minutes of the 20-minute heat, Machado still had not caught a wave and was fourth and last in his heat.
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July 29, 1995 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After less-than-ideal conditions greeted the men Friday morning at the Op Pro Surfing Championships, Rob Machado had a simple assessment. "You've got to be patient," he said. "That's the key in this competition." Machado, 22, and some of the other top surfers in the world competed for the first time in Round 2 of the main event. But after 10 minutes of the 20-minute heat, he still had not caught a wave and stood fourth and last in his heat.
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