Total PUBLIC PLACES Impacted
Water STATIONS INSTALLED
Gallons of clean
water for OUR YOUTH
single-use plastic Water bottles Eliminated
The Rob Machado Foundation's primary mission is to educate and empower young people to make sustainable choices. Rob Machado is one of the world's most recognizable surfers as well as a committed environmentalist. In 2004, he established RMF to support environmental programs for youth. Today he is directly involved in the programs run by the foundation, often appearing at schools and volunteer events. Discover more.
The Rob Machado Foundation was founded upon the fundamental belief that our planet needs to be taken care of, and there’s no better place to start than with our local communities and our children. What started out in the early days as the introduction of gardening programs at local schools -- encouraging children to connect with the land they live on and the food they eat -- has evolved into a water filling station program across a growing network of schools and public places that helps deliver clean, filtered water while
encouraging reusables over single-use plastic water bottles. While this is the core focus of our foundation, we supplement our efforts to keep plastic and other trash out of our waterways with trash and recycling solutions at beaches, schools, surf events and local beach clean ups.
We believe our youth are the stewards of our planet. We believe communities can come together to impact change. And we believe the future starts here.
Rob Machado is not just one of the world’s greatest surfers, he’s also one of the sport’s most recognizable characters -- a living icon who continues to expand the definition of what professional surfing is all about. Known for his zen-like flow both on land and in the water, Machado was consistently seeded at the top of the rankings as a competitor on the ASP World Tour. With 12 career WCT victories, Machado was ranked among the top ten surfers for eleven straight years and was inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame in 2000 and re-inducted in 2006 and SIMA Waterman of the Year in 2011.
His contribution to the sport doesn’t end with his accolades in a colored jersey. Since his departure from the ASP tour in 2001, Machado has been one of surfing’s most committed ambassadors, roaming the globe, surfing the world’s best waves and deepening his commitment to various environmental causes. Inspired by becoming a Dad, Machado founded the Rob Machado Foundation in 2004 to educate and empower young people to make sustainable choices.
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