The Machado SEASIDE Review | What It's Like Surfing A 5'2 Quad

Every surfer loves Rob Machado and his approach to surfing. His small wave surfing in recent years has attracted a lot of attention, as his unique surfboard designs look incredibly fun! None more so than the SEASIDE model. In todays video Ryan reviews this board and how it felt for him, and if you should get one too!

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Every surfer loves Rob Machado and his approach to surfing. His small wave surfing in recent years has attracted a lot of attention, as his unique surfboard designs look incredibly fun! None more so than the SEASIDE model. In todays video Ryan reviews this board and how it felt for him, and if you should get one too!

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Michael Lavings
Michael Lavings - 1 year ago
The first ever proper surfboard i got was a 5,10 fish(thruster) except for smashing the middle fin box at Fairy Bower reef next to Shellys, after 2 years the boards still great, in fact i think it was a smart choice my tutor getting me a a board that exactly my matched my small Celtic body size, better than learning on a foame at the time (dw i used a foamie latter on ) best choice ever teaching myself again to surf properly on a fish(when i was a kid i was a stand up bogie boarder!) so in relation to what you said in the beginning i think fish's are the best boards or people to learn on
Graham Allen
Graham Allen - 1 year ago
Great review , that tip on paddling position was really insightful. I understand why you focussed on feel but there are some features that could be highlighted so that your viewers have a better understanding of its advantages. Was really sad to read the comment that said the concave was too deep and should be avoided. We both know that it is the main reason for the great speed it generates. Also a mention of the thinned out tail would be helpful as it allows the board to bite in turns and stops that fish 'slide' that forces so many surfers into grab rail to control the board in cutbacks . Keep up the good work mate.
Matt Clem
Matt Clem - 1 year ago
Nice video. How about discussing the differences between riding a quads, thrusters and twin-fins. Thrusters and twin-fins, although very different, feel intuitive to me. I've never been a quad guy and bought this board to figure out what quads are about. Apparently Machado never rode quads either and then came out with this as a quad only board. Seeing the reviews, it looked drivey and performance capable. I've only had one surf on it so far in shitty waves but I struggled to figure it out.


Some points where I'd like to hear your opinion on Quad vs Tri vs twin:


1. Speed pump (I couldn't find that initial speed burst on my pumps like i do on my tri-fin)
2. Laying it on rail (I feel like tri-fins offer a better pivot and vertical approach in the pocket and i struggled to do the turns i wanted to do, i see quads as more of an open face cutback approach, unless you're riding quads for a barrel like Teahupoo)
3. Speed/drive (other fish style quad/twin boards I've ridden would increase in speed when cutting back towards the white water, i haven't felt that in this board YET.


As I said, I've only had one surf on this board in very shitty conditions so I'm still going into it with an open mind, but I definitely noticed some big differences and my initial impression was that its not as user friendly as i had imagined.
I had to change my approach a lot, more like a twin fin. Use a lot of compression in your core to get the board up and down the wave face. And use your hips and knees to kind of send the board out in front of you. This helped me with my railwork and turns. Also, it seems better to stay near the top of the wave. Don't drop down to the bottom of the wave until you see a section you want to perform a maneuver on. Definitely had a few moments of flare so I'm looking forward to my next session. Would love to hear your thoughts.
Matt Clem
Matt Clem - 1 year ago
More simply what are the differences in body mechanics and approach required for the best performance out of 2, 3, 4 fin boards. And maybe even single.
I know you did a twin fin video a while back but it would be cool to cover them all and get detailed about the differences in the way they perform and the way we should use our body.
Terence Ingram
Terence Ingram - 1 year ago
How tall are you? What size Go Fish do you ride? Which do you prefer?
cillmacd
cillmacd - 1 year ago
You think this is an option for the intermediate surfer? Or better go for something longer/hybrid-y for weaker waves?
lucas fernandez
lucas fernandez - 1 year ago
I would get a 5'10 seaside
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
Yeah definitely! If you get one with the right volume for you in those sort of waves you will be sweet
bodhi tree
bodhi tree - 1 year ago
Have you ridden a firewire spitfire? If so, how does it compare to the Seaside?
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
No bohdi tree I have not
kyle watts
kyle watts - 1 year ago
Appppppreciaaaate it....
kyle watts
kyle watts - 1 year ago
Awesomeness thxxxxxxxxxxx
surfer
surfer - 1 year ago
Great show.
U start to do reviwe on surfboards?
Can u do baby buggy please?
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
We review boards on some occasions for sure! Thanks surfer, will see what we can do!

10. comment for The Machado SEASIDE Review | What It's Like Surfing A 5'2 Quad

Connor Pearson
Connor Pearson - 1 year ago
What about fins? What fins did you use?
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
I used the fins that Rob designed for this board, Machado Seaside Quad set.
The Overstoker
The Overstoker - 1 year ago
I’m wondering why you didn’t talk about concaves...? This board has super exaggerated double concave and my local shop the first thing everyone says about this board is be careful with that one it have super deep concave and is hard to figure out..
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
I guess so, but honestly that means nothing to me. I just think about how it feels in the water, and like I said, it feels great in those small / weak waves. I wouldn't be put off!
The Overstoker
The Overstoker - 1 year ago
How to Rip right on! I wanted it bad but for some reason they kept pulling me away from that board saying the concave was gnarly
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
Kook Slam I wanted to discuss how it felt for me, keeping it simple and not technical. To some people a 'super deep concave' means nothing.
Que Dableyou
Que Dableyou - 1 year ago
HEY that's what I'm using : )
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
Yes me too, enjoying this board a lot!
Que Dableyou
Que Dableyou - 1 year ago
@How to Rip Love it, I have a 5'4, paddling is not a problem and the board is ideal for enjoying everyday waves as you point out in the video, I am using the Machado fins in futures, very happy : )
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
How do you find it Que?
Mahomett Torsa
Mahomett Torsa - 1 year ago
Hi , where can we buy one of those ?? is it available in the States ?? thank you
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
Thanks for your support Mahomett!
Mahomett Torsa
Mahomett Torsa - 1 year ago
I love you guys man , you and ur other boy are sick, broo .. let us know if ya on the Southern California side !!
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
Absolutely Mahomett, most surf shops would stock them!
Rich McNabb
Rich McNabb - 1 year ago
I've been riding the seaside since August and after getting used to riding a shorter board I'm having some amazing sessions. Looking forward to seeing what people make of Seaside and Beyond which could be a great option for slower/less powerful days :)
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
Yes it looks like a fun option! Seaside is a great board Rich!
jimjams121
jimjams121 - 1 year ago
Would love your take on the Firewire Midas.
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
Maybe in the future JimJams!
Jeff Sauers
Jeff Sauers - 1 year ago
Looking forward to the comparison. In a not too distant future I’m planning on the seaside or go fish. Leaning towards the seaside though.
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
Coming soon Jeff, both are awesome options, it's a win win!
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
Thanks Thomas, I still haven't had a chance to get the Seaside in some fun waves, hopefully soon!
Yoan /
Yoan / - 1 year ago
Bough it in Marsh. My favorite board for small / mellow waves. Easy paddling, fun and soooo fast
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
Agreed Yoan, fast!
Solace Macmillan-Ord
Solace Macmillan-Ord - 1 year ago
Can i have it please
How to Rip
How to Rip - 1 year ago
Christmas is coming

20. comment for The Machado SEASIDE Review | What It's Like Surfing A 5'2 Quad

WorkForAvocados
WorkForAvocados - 1 year ago
Great review. It really does look like it carries you through some tough sections. I was a little worried being 6'0, but I guess being 5'8 isn't too far off of it. Is it available in different sizes? Love that it's a quad setup compared to the Go fish. Looking forward to the comparison review of that. Cheers!
Garnt Fab
Garnt Fab - 1 year ago
go on the firewire website

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