As I’ve said before, I think Rob Machado is becoming a kind of mystic guru of surfing. One day, surfers will seek him out at secret surf spots for nuggets of surf wisdom. He’s not surfing on the world circuit anymore, but he does show up as select contests. Today in his heat, he really seemed to be surfing just for fun of it. The waves he took and the way he rode them did not seem to be for the judges, just himself. Yet, he still took second and moved on to the next round. He’s definitely super graceful in his surfing style compared to the other competitors. He glides into turns and peaks, rather that crashing them or snapping into them like the others. Cool to watch.