Scavenger hunts, staying hydrated, good music and getting weird on Rob Machado's boards. It was yet another successful year for the Switchfoot Bro-Am. The weather exceeded iPhone forecasts with temperatures in the high 70s, a perfect little swell showed up, the Hurley H2O booth was working hard to keep the crowd hydrated and thousands of people enjoyed live music from San Diego favorite, Switchfoot. In the end, Team Dragon (Sean Marceron, Ted Navarro, Taylor Clark and Andrew Jacobson, headed up by coach Sean Taylor) had the best switch stance performance, taking home first place. A close second was the Hurley A team: Rob Machado, Josh Benjoya, Dane Zaun and Ethan Carlston. Thank you to Moonlight Beach and to the people of Encinitas for being such a great crowd — we can't wait for next year! To see the pledges from the H2O station, head to our Facebook.
Bro-Junior contestants had the pick of the litter — or in this case Rob's personal quiver.
Bro-Junior contestant enjoying a solo strategizing session.
Big, happy crowd.
Rob definitely brought a varied selection of boards to the beach.
A decent swell showed up out of nowhere. We were pleasantly surprised.
Dane Zaun and Rob getting the paparazzi treatment.
See what we mean about that swell?
Shaggy ombre hair: Who wore it better?
Jake Marshall, oldest Marshall brother heads out for h
Hurley B-team riders Nick Marshall and Stevie Pittman awaiting their turns in the team relay.
Kalani Robb surfing for the Channel Islands team.
Bro-Junior contestants assessing the playing field.
Pandas like beach days too.
The weather betrayed the iPhone forecast — thank goodness.
Pat O'Connell's still got it.
High fives all around for Hurley's A-team.
Riding for Channel Islands, Tim Curran.
Men in black.
The jousting was a crowd favorite.
Hiroto Ohara; a study in aerodynamics.
We might have to invite him back for Mustache March next year.
The H2O tent was poppin bottles all day.
Coming in from a successful Bro-Junior heat.
Pledges to be more water conscious were happening all day at the H2O tent.
Despite what one may think, the hair does not weigh Rob down while surfing. Case in point.
Switchfoot fans are a happy awesome bunch of people.
Justin Cote from TransWorld Surf feeling patriotic in his short shorts and homemade jousting stick.
Courtney Conlogue wins the battle, but Justin Cote went on to win the war.
A-teamers Rob and Dane.
Things got medieval in the jousting heat.
The jousting competition is intense, good thing proper head gear was supplied.
Bro-Junior contestant on one of Robs aforementioned boards.
We might go as far to say the event was a mini US Open.
Even though the Switchfoot Bro-Am was a light hearted contest, the surfing was anything but.
Josh Benjoya, Hurley A-team surfer coming up the beach from a successful heat. Hurley A-team came in second behind Dragon.
Rob and the Bro-Junior finalists.
Switchfoot gives a warm hello to the crowd.
This photo will make for a good caption contest later on.
Bro-Junior hopefuls brave the morning fog.
When Rob wasn't surfing he could be found talking to everyone on the beach.
Missing a tooth, but not missing out on the fun.
Rob was willing and ready to share his quiver.
Rob Machado always giving out free shakas.
Hurley B Team giving their A game.
Some brotherly love.
Three varying haircuts from three varying legends.
Rob pulling the magic stick out of his quiver of many.
Switchfoot team studying the line-up.
H2O pledges make us happy.
Water stations, grommet height approved.
H2O booth spreading the message: 1 in 6 people do not have access to clean water.
Not a bad turnout for a Saturday afternoon in Encinitas.
Switchfoot style watch.
Front man Foreman.
Jon Foreman and friends... AKA Rob Machado and Tom Curren.
8th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am 2012.