By Andrea Swayne
Age: 17, San Clemente High School
Kevin Schulz’ senior year at San Clemente High School has been full of accomplishments sure to propel him into a bright future as a professional surfer and a college graduate. And thanks to a mixture of work ethic and talent, he won’t have to choose to pursue these goals separately.
Kevin will be one of the first students to attend Boston’s Northeastern University via a pilot online degree program created specifically for professional athletes.
“I’m super excited to have this opportunity to pursue a college along with pro surfing and I plan to study sports medicine and also become a physical therapist or trainer,” he said.
Kevin’s recent successes in surfing include winning the Airshow competition at the NSSA West Coast Regionals, May 16-19 in Huntington Beach, and being chosen MVP at the school surf team awards on Tuesday.
Right now Kevin is concentrating his efforts on finishing up school and spending plenty of time in the water practicing for the upcoming Surfing America USA championships and NSSA Nationals. As a member of the Surfing America PacSun USA Surf Team travel squad he is also preparing to compete at the ISA World Junior Championship in Nicaragua in a few weeks.
“I really love how so many different cultures and countries are represented at the event,” Kevin said. “I’ve actually been to Rancho Santana in Nicaragua. It’s a left wedge that kind of bounces off a rock. It has a good hollow wave and I’m excited to surf on my forehand.”—