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Rob Machado recalls North Shore memories during Triple Crown of Surfing lay day

November 16, 2009 |  1:26 pm

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing remains in a holding pattern as organizers and competitors await more swell on Oahu's North Shore.

Above is a video featuring Rob Machado, recalling his early memories of a magical stretch of Hawaiian coastline referred to by some as "the seven-mile miracle." The Cardiff, Calif., surfer is shown ripping, of course, but he also shares his views on Haleiwa's special characteristics and the region's many iconic breaks.

As for the contest, it's stuck in the middle of the Round of 128, which, when it continues, will feature a heat involving Sunny Garcia, former ASP World Tour surfer and six-time Triple Crown champion. Another heat will feature Dane Gudauskas, of the the San  Clemente Gudauskas trio of brothers, all trying to qualify for the 2010 World Tour.

Pat Gudauskas already has qualified and is seeded in the Round of 64, along with Brett Simpson of Huntington Beach and Austin Ware of Solana Beach. Tanner Gudauskas and Nate Yeomans, also from San Clemente, are in the Round of 96. 

The surf is supposed to pick up at midweek.

-- Pete Thomas

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