Under a microscope

What does Rob Machado's Reef Sweetwater Pro win say about East Coast pro surfing?

Updated: July 25, 2011, 8:27 PM ET
By Matt Pruett | ESPN Action Sports

"Who's gonna be the next East Coaster to make the ASP World Tour?"

Every so often a surf writer gets asked that question, or in Eastern Surf Magazine alumni case, every week. We're pretty quick to want to evacuate our favorite surfers from their local beach to the sport's Colosseum, aren't we? Some might think it doesn't matter anyway, as today's basement-level blogophiles and overly stylized surf mags try to make us believe there's some hyper-hip, avant-garde movement taking ...

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