Head Surf Coach – Intermediate to Advanced Surfers
Rodrigo Machado – Founder of POWER SURF
Rodrigo is a Brazilian surfer and founder of the POWER SURF method. Throughout his 25-years of surfing experience, he has deepened his teachings in the art of ‘Surf Hacks’ throughout 4 major pillars that are Physical, Technical, Tactical and Psychological. The POWER SURF is born from his practices of yoga and self-knowledge, the art of breathing and meditating, natural gymnastic and capoeira acrobatic movements. Rodrigo teaches surfers looking to perform better from intermediate to advanced levels of surfing. The POWER SURF method is now practiced internationally supporting thousands of surf athletes in achieving their full potential.
Our Longboard Coaches
Each of our Cosmic Cross Step longboard retreats are led by a highly skilled, talented, professional, and passionate coach. We have a few different coaches we work with, each with years of experience coaching, unique coaching styles, video analysis experience, and fun and encouraging vibes in and out of the water. Our coaches all see the value of practicing body movement on land to help the body create new neural pathways and body awareness in the water. We love our coaches and are grateful for all of the wisdom, knowledge, and good vibes they bring to each retreat. We also work with local surf guides in the area who know the waves and tides better than anyone else and are grateful for their support in the water!
We are stoked to be working with the Indonesian legend, Akaa, as one of our longboard coaches! Born in Java, living in Bali, Akaa is a highly experienced surfer and well respected instructor. He has been teaching for years in an accredited surf school in Bali before creating his own dream: Dawn Patrol Bali. He is motivated by and passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with everyone who wants to learn how to surf while they have as much fun as possible! From cross-stepping to nose riding, he does it all with style and grace. His friendly smile and vibe will leave you feeling inspired and at ease in and out of the water and we can’t wait for you to meet him!
A fitness extraordinaire, personal trainer, qigong instructor, and level 1 & 2 ISA surf coach, Lena is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the body and movement. Lena has participated in surf competitions since 2010 and has been a winner and prize holder in multiple National championships.
As co-owner and head coach at an international surf school in Bali with over a decade of surf coaching under her belt, she has worked with people of all levels to develop customized training programs to improve surf skills and maximize endurance.
Being a longtime Tai Chi practitioner and certified Qigong instructor Lena is also very aware of the mind body connection in and out of the water and the importance of becoming a master of your mind. She believes ‘Surfing teaches us patience, balance, and self-confidence and is probably the best way to express yourself and stay healthy while communing with Nature.’
When it comes to longboarding, she shares ‘I see longboarding as a true ‘men and ocean’ connection. If we look at the history of surfing it started from riding longboards. Longboarding is a way of expressing our inner power, strength, and grace!’