By Jake Howard

“You can’t lose in surfing,” says Eryk Brandt.

That, my friends, is a scientific fact. You absolutely cannot lose in surfing, “because how can you lose while doing something you love?”

A 12-year-old shredder from Capistrano Beach, Eryk learned to surf when he was 8 years old. His dad taught him the ropes at Doheny. These days, he’s a hard-charging sixth-grader at Shorecliffs Middle School.

“I’m inspired to surf and catch waves,” he exclaims. “I really enjoy the ocean and having fun while I’m in it.”

Where does he see surfing taking him in the next 10 years?

“I don’t know, maybe I could be a pro surfer, or I’ll be in college studying animals or biology and playing soccer,” he says. “I love anything that has to do with animals no matter how scary or bizarre they may be; I just love being around them. The animal world fascinates me!

“And, by the way, I love dogs! I want to be a dog walker but found out I was too young to participate on the WAGs app for dog walking. That bummed me out.” 

As far as words to live by, Eryk adheres to the surfer code: “If you’re going to do anything in life, have fun doing it!”

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