PICS: The 2018 Rob Machado Foundation Benefit Concert

The Offspring, Unwritten Law and more dropped in at the Belly Up for the 2018 Rob Machado Foundation Benefit Concert.

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The annual benefit took over the scenic Solana Beach venue on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
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For the unfamiliar, Machado is one of the world's most recognizable and beloved professional surfers. He was born in Australia but grew up near Encinitas. (Shown here performing with his group Sack Lunch)
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Machado's won 12 career World Championship Tour competitions, ranked among the top 10 surfers in the world for 11 straight years and was inducted into the Surfer's Hall of Fame in 2000 (and re-inducted in 2006). (Machado is shown here auctioning a hand-shaped surfboard for charity during the show)
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Because of his soft-spoken, humble personality and disinterest in the spotlight, he's earned the nickname "Mr. Smoothy."
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After injuries began sidelining him, he retired from the WCT and has concentrated on philanthropy and environmental causes. (He's shown here auctioning off another surfboard)
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According to its mission statement, the Rob Machado Foundation "was founded upon the fundamental belief that our planet needs to be taken care of, and there’s better place to start than with our local communities and our children." (Machado shown here auctioning off a signed Epiphone guitar)
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"What started out in the early days as the introduction of gardening programs at local schools -- encouraging children to connect with the land they live on and the food they eat -- has evolved into a water filling station program across a growing network of schools and public places that helps deliver clean, filtered water while encouraging reusables over single-use plastic water bottles." (Unwritten Law's Scott Russo pictured performing here)
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"While this is the core focus of our foundation, we supplement our efforts to keep plastic and other trash out of our waterways with trash and recycling solutions at beaches, schools, surf events and local beach clean ups." (Unwritten Law's Chris Lewis shown here)
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"We believe our youth are the stewards of our planet. We believe communities can come together to impact change. And we believe the future starts here." (Another signed Epiphone guitar went up for auction)
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Unwritten Law, who got their start right here in San Diego, were one of the headliners of this year's concert.
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The Offspring were also on-hand for the fun -- playing a stripped down, acoustic set.
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The famed punk-rockers got their start right up the road in Garden Grove, California in 1984. (Frontman Bryan "Dexter" Holland pictured)
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The Offspring is often credited -- alongside fellow California punk bands Green Day, Rancid, Bad Religion, NOFX, Blink-182 and Pennywise -- for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the 1990s. (Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman pictured)
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In August, Noodles told Music Feeds in an interview that the band was working on a bunch of new music that might be split into two separate albums for release in 2019 or 2020. Can't wait!
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The show always has a very communal feel with musicians joining each other onstage -- here, Machado, Russo, and Lewis are pictured singing Pennywise's hit "Bro Hymn." It's always such a wonderful time, bringing people together for a greater good. Bravo to Rob, the performers, and everyone involved -- we'll be seeing you next year!
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