From his friends...
Jose L. Chegüi Capre By 76’-77’ we were getting our driving license and every time we went to Aviones we use to stop at WaterWorld Surfshop at isla Verde to get some wax or only for the excuse to invite Jorge to come along with us. Jorge use to work there along with Lester Camp. We were younger than him but Georgie Fernandez knew him because of his older brothers Wachy and Mundi. Jorge will ask “do you really will take me” what a humble guy. We were just stoked to get to Aviones with Jorge and see him surf. We learned more than just surfing from Machuca, that guy was super cool, he never offended us from being kooks and always encourage us to get better. Once time before paddling out he stopped and watched a young reaper riding a wave and he told me “he always do the same pump, pump and turn back” that still goes thru my mind went I am riding a wave. I think that there was he creative force; never do the same moves wave after wave. The guy made the transition from longboard to short board and shredded. After a session with Jorge Machuca at Aviones we will offer him a ride to his house and always said “really are you goanna take me” never expecting more or demanding anything; we were just stoked of what we had witnessed a moment ago at the lineup.
And fellow competitors...
Mundi Fernandez Hello Boys, Jorge did his thing... He had no one to learn anything from until he was challenged by many...... Wachi, Darell, Wilito, Rogelio, Tommy Harding, Ricky Blomquist, I was around too..... AND THEN HE GOT BETTER. Wilito Julia would give him a hard time at every final heat and when Jorge felt the heat, he would go, go. go. Notice how he is feeling the wave with his right hand, this gives you an extra pivot, I had a needle fish pierce my hand doing this at the bottom of a bottom turn while surfing in a contest in Aviones.....
Puerto Rico's early surfers...
*Jorge Machuca, invented the floater in the 70s and we didn't have a name for it . I saw him pull off some unreal floaters at Aviones and super radical cutbacks like the 1990s. (by Monty Smith)
* I saw him ripping Crashboat in 68, pulling off maneuvers no one ever dreamed of before.(Barb Roettger)
*One of the best all time. One time at Rincon I just went on the beach and watched. Stunning ripper. Viva Jorge! (Peter Dooley)
*Machuca was the Larry Bertleman of P.R. amazing... D.Gomez was also ahead of his time in P.R. (Jon Damm)
*Jorge Machuca and John Damm were the two Surfers that Inspire my lifestyle till today...I am blessed to know them and to have surfed with these extraordinary human beings! Only a surfer knows the Feeling!!! (Michael Gutierrez)
*Viva Jorge ... my good friend from so long ago. In Fl and Hatteras we would surf with him. He was awe inspiring every day (Greg Loehr)
* I think Jorge out surfed Fred Hemmings at the world contest in 68 !! He was the best surfer in the world, period.(Scott King)
*he was all so know for his complete 360 turn.unherd of back in 1968 (Timothy C Sullivan)
* Jorge freaked me out with his surfing ability.
A true natural.
He made surfing switch look easy. (Peter Major)
*Jorgito!!! my hero!! el llegaba al lineup y empezaba a decir "no me agiten, no me agiten!!!" "mira lampi, mira lampi"
Hay que encontrarlo y darle el reconocimiento publico que el se merece! (Omar Foglia)
*Yes, I had the pleasure of surfing with Jorge on many occasions! I lived there from 1969 - 1973 and was good friends of Jorge, Darrel & Mila Gomez, Doug Friedman and many more!!
Jorge was a dominant regular foot, but could switch stance anywhere and anytime on the wave, incredible surfer. (Marc Theriault)
*MACHUCA was D BEST!!!! I still think he had the sickes tubes rides at INDICATORS that I ever seen, so far back in
d tubes, to come out, just before the last rock, & he will give that big smile of his... a very beautiful person...(Pepe Surf Sira)
*I remember sitting on the dunes of Hatteras of all places and Jorge (who rode for Ted James at Fox) was out on this perfect tubing day at the lighthouse. He would pull so deep in the tube and would come out standing backwards looking into the barrel... looked cool as ANYTHING. Got to surf with Jorge and Darryl Gomez at Marias (Darryl was at Indicators) what a day.. Mike Oppenheimer was riping on a fish as well. Jorge would hit the lip so hard he was embedded himself in it THEN he let himself pitch out INSIDE the lip... He would land it and drive up the face and DO IT AGAIN. Ave Maria! (Pete Dooley)
LA ULTIMA VEZ QUE TUBE EL HONOR DE SURFEAR CON JORGE FUE UN DIA PEQUEñO DE VERANO EN AVIONES (MID 80's). TODOVIA SE PARABA Y COGIA OLAS... :)
ME ACUERDO QUE LO UNICO QUE DIJO (CANTANDO) DURANTE TODO EL SESSION FUE... SURFIN' USA DE LOS BEACH BOYS!!!
GOOSE BUMPS BRAH!!! (Edgar Hernandez, el Chief)
Jorge's legend lives on....
Stephanie Cabrera When Pete used the word "embedded" for Machuca, it gave me a flashback of Machuca's little habit of [jump in, everyone that remembers this:] liking to stick his afro- head tilted sideways, I see it so clearly in my mind's eye!- into the spray of the curl as he cruised tight into it.... also, yes- those 360's! I remember them at Sheraton, you'd be talking to someone that would stop the conversation dead and point to the water- invariably Machuca, doing another 360. He liked doing them here and there, out of the blue, swiftly, unexpectedly. For a few seconds, you stopped anything you were doing and gasped. If you missed it, which was likely at some point, you'd hear about it for the rest of the day from everyone else that saw it. Yet his celebrity would never go to his head. It stayed firmly planted on the ground.
In Puerto Rico and around the world....
Wayne Rabbit Bartholomew After the 1970 World Championships at Bells Beach some of the international guys surfed their way up the east coast of Oz. Jorge Machuca came and surfed my home break, and he surfed incredibly well, really fast and fluid, he had a great style. My home break was Kirra point and Jorge surfed it better then anyone except Peter Drouyn. I was so impressed I used to watch him surf on my way to school. I didn't know who he was and Terry Fitzgerald told me his name was Jorge Machuca.
Jorge Machuca gave everything to the sport of surfing.
Omar H Foglia En Hawaii 1975, Butch Van Artsdalen tenia unas cervezas en la mano, se sento cerca de donde yo estaba frente a Pipeline me miro y me pregunto si queria una cerveza, (no podia creer que me estaba dando una fria con Butch!) me dijo que se le habia muerto su perro que era su mejor amigo, me pregunto de donde yo era , le dije de Puerto Ricoy me pregunto "Do you know Jorge Machuca? That guy is really good!" Senti tanto orgullo!! le dije "Yes!! he is my hero and the best friend you can have!!