When professional surfer Rob Machado rolled into the Corona del Mar High School gym Friday morning, he brought a message with him.
"World Water Day," he said after hopping off a skateboard. "We're here to honor what keeps us alive."
To mark the United Nations-designated day, the surfing superstar spoke at a CdM assembly about the importance of clean water, noting the lack of access to it in many parts of the world.
"We're spoiled. We live in Southern California. You can drink tap water here," he said. Recalling one of the many surf spots where he's taken note of a lack of drinking water, he added, "You do that in Bali and you might be in the hospital. It's a little sketchy."
Machado, his eponymous philanthropic foundation and Costa Mesa-based surf apparel company Hurley are partnering to tour school campuses where he can talk about water and give students a way to improve the dire conditions some people live under.