February 11th, 2016
SCHS Surf Team Spotlight: Al Brandenburg
Judging by is immense amount of career wins, intense training schedule, heavy involvement as a city lifeguard-not to mention his dedication to San Clemente High’s varsity surfing, swimming and water polo teams-you’d think there were actually two Scott Brandenburgs.
As it turns out there is, sort of. Scott has a twin named Steve, and while we’re not exactly sure of his lookalike’s super powers, we’re pretty sure he’s equally competitive. That sort of thing seems to be the norm with twins.
But whether it’s intense sibling rivalry, personal ambition or some other driving force, Scotty has it in spades. His career highlights are nothing short of amazing, with titles such as the 2009 NSSA Open Longboard Points Champ, 2009 NSSA West Coast Champ, 2009 South Coast League Longboard Champ, 2008 WSA Longboard Champ, and 2008 NSSA Explorer Longboard Points Champ. (Actually that’s less than half the wins Scotty mentioned, but we stopped typing when we began to feel bad about ourselves.)
With so much gold on his shelves you’d think he’d have stars in his eyes for life on the pro circuit. But once again his aspirations go beyond the norm. Way beyond. Should Scotty’s career path pan out as well as the rest of his goals he’ll soon be serving in the U.S. Coast Guard as a rescue swimmer. Talk about your everyday heroes.
Hit the jump for more insider information on one of SCHS greatest athletes of all time.
FULL NAME: Scott Brandenburg
SIBLINGS: Twin brother, Steve
DOES YOUR FAMILY SURF? Yes
SPONSORS: Stewart Surfboards, Bodyglove, O’fishl Fins
LIFE MOTTO: Get over it
SURFING INJURIES: Center fin sliced a hug gash in my forearm; dislocated my shoulder; fracture a vertebrae.
AGE YOU BEGAN SURFING: 8 years old
WHO GOT YOU STARTED? My dad durin early trips to Sano and Doheny
FIRST BOARD: Rocky 8’0
CURRENT BOARDS AND SETUP: 2 Colin McPhillips 9’0 Pro, 1 Colin Nose Rider
AGE DID YOU BEGAN COMPETING: 12 years old
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 09 NSSA Open Longboard Points Champ, 09 NSSA West Coast Champ, 09 South Coast League Longboard Champ, 08 WSA Longboard Champ, 08 NSSA Explorer Longboard Points Champ, 08 Second Open Longboard NSSA Nationals, 08 Third Explorer Longboard NSSA Nationals, 05 NSSA Jr. High School National Longboard Champ.
GOALS FOR THE SEASON: Win NSSA Open Longboard Championship & NSSA High School National Championship
OTHER SPORTS OR HOBBIES: San Clemente City Lifeguards, San Clement HS Water Polo and Swim Teams
WORKOUT / PRACTICE ROUTINE: Swim or water polo work-outs and surfing in the a.m. and p.m.
TALENTS OUTSIDE OF SURFING: Beach lifeguarding, life saving
FAVORITE PROS: Taylor Jensen and Ned Snow for their progressive surf styles and personalities
FAVORITE BREAK: Church
HOME BREAK: T-street, Church and Sano
PLACES TRAVELED: Mexico, Costa Rica, Hawaii
JOB: City of San Clemente Beach and Pool Lifeguard
3 WORDS YOUR FRIENDS WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE YOU: Intense, competitive, cool
3 WORDS YOU WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF: Competitive, friendly, fun
COLLEGE / PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: Enroll at Saddleback JC, then Coast Guard
POSSIBLE CAREER INTERESTS: U S Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer
WHEN YOU’RE NOT SURFING OR IN SCHOOL, YOU’RE MOST LIKELY DOING WHAT: Chillin’ with friends or lifeguarding
FAVORITE MUSIC / BANDS: Andra Nickatina, Lil Wayne, Reggae
RANDOM THINGS PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU: I cut my own hair, I snowboard, I mountain bike
ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU’RE MOST PROUD OF: I have participated in three sports all four years of high schoolThank you for visiting the Swell blog. Visit us on www.facebook.com/swell for more exclusive fan offers, giveaways and more.