Weight: 150 lbs.
Hometown: San Clemente, California
Sponsors: …Lost, Smith, Axion, BC Surf Shop
Brandon “Rags” Ragenovich is the best-fed surfer in San Clemente. While the rest of us choke down casseroles, Brandon grinds at the ultimate place to carb load in San Clemente: Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta. His grandpa opened San Clemente’s most notable Italian restaurant, and Brandon helps keep the family business going by hustling tables two nights a week. When he’s not serving up the thin crust or at San Clemente High finishing his senior year, he’s surfing.
A constant figure at Lowers, Brandon’s emerging to forge his own niche among his peers–peers whose names are familiar and whose praise of Brandon is high. Their praise is marked by comments concerning his free-surfing rep and rapid climbing of the competitive hierarchy, as well as his intense focus on improvement. But the rapport goes beyond his patented laybacks at Lowers or the Wardo-inspired punts at the tricky San Clemente beachies. His win at the USSF Championships (the only event he did in the series) sent him to South Africa for the ISA Games and his performance in “The hardest contest I’ve ever been in” garnered an invite to this year’s event in Ecuador. A third-place finish in the Open Men’s division at the NSSA Western Championships sets Ragenovich for a solid chance at the NSSA Nationals at Lowers. His burgeoning pro career fueled by those tasty little bowties smothered in that garlic-laced marinara is one to watch. –Timmy Dowell