In 1968 Paulo’s grandmother brought Paulo and Pedro a surfboard made of styrofoam from Brazil. This was the begining for them, when they start ‘catching’ some waves. In the 70’s they start surfing with their older friend’s surfboards, like the Gavazzo brothers, the Deffence brothers, Pedro Melo and Carlos Vieira. In 1975 Paulo inherits his first surfboard from his older brother Pedro, and together they represent the family in Portugal’s first surf competition, in Ribeira d’Ilhas, Ericeira. The year was 1977.
Pedro Machado, Paulo’s older brother, had the first Twin fin in Portugal, a “Spirit” that had to be commissioned and which took a whole year to arrive! This was revolutionary for surfing. The boards were getting smaller, allowing better performances. They were lucky enough to get to know a lot of travelers, who told them great stories about foreign waves and always left behind some boards or wetsuits that didn’t exist in Portugal back then.
In 1978, the two brothers founded the Surfing Clube de Portugal, the Portugal’s first surfing club and which still lasts.
In the early 80’s, their young brother Nuno also starts surfing. Today not only Nuno but also his children, Kiko and Nuno, surf with us.