Four champions will be honored at the eighth annual California Beach Volleyball Association Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday in Hermosa Beach.

Sean Scott, Mike Lambert and Jenny Johnson Jordan are the new inductees. Steve O'Bradovich, who was inducted in 2005, will also be formally honored.

The event begins with a reception at 5 p.m. and the ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Hermosa Beach Community Center.

The CBVA has been keeping a hall of fame list since 1992, but only began honoring players with a formal ceremony since 2011. The Hermosa Beach Historical Society and museum began housing the list along with beach volleyball memorabilia at that time also.

Sean Scott

Sean Scott of Redondo Beach is a two-time Manhattan Beach Open champion, who attended Punahou High School in Honolulu.

Scott said he was honored to have his name added along with some of the great players. His naming was completely unexpected.

“I am just kind of honored and humbled that someone would think that much about my career to put me in the hall with some of those great names,” said Scott.

Scott won 24 times as a professional, including back-to-back Manhattan Beach Open titles with John Hyden in 2011 and 2012.

When he decided to play beach volleyball professionally following his college days at Hawaii, he decided to move to the South Bay. He lived in San Diego as well, but it eventually landed him locally.

“I definitely moved... thinking that is where all the best players are so if you want to do it you need to be here. It is sort of the mecca,” said Scott.

Albert Hanneman, who also played at Hawaii, was one who helped Scott get his start locally by meeting other players.

“That’s really where I started to learn the game and pick it up,” Scott said of his early days in the South Bay.

Scott would watch videotape of the top players such as Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes and watch them over and over to pick up some tips.

Mike Dodd and Jose Loiola are some of the top players that he has become good friends with.

He remembers winning his first professional tournament with Todd Rogers in Tempe, Arizona over Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert 18-16 in the third game.

“That was always special to me because it was my first,” Scott said.

Scott is still involved with volleyball. He works for USA Volleyball as director of the beach national teams in Torrance.

Scott is definitely one person whose whole life has revolved around the sport. He played it at all levels, still works in it, met his wife in it, traveled the whole world playing it.

“I’ve gotten a lot from the sport,” Scott said.

He is proud of his two Manhattan Beach Open victories with Hyden.

“We both got dumped by our partners and by default started playing together (again),” Scott recalled, “But it worked out.”

“He was more disciplined about his training than anyone I’d ever known,” said his wife Rachel Scott, who won a number of professional titles as Rachel Wacholder. “He knew what he needed to do to be his best and he never slacked, even when he was tired.”

His wife said she learned a lot from him even during her career.

“I am so proud of Sean,” said Rachel Scott. “Not only for being an amazing volleyball player and being the best role model I could hope for but for being a wonderful father and husband.”

Scott also played alongside another inductee, Mike Lambert at Punahou High School, both of them winning the Manhattan Beach Open.

Scott and Lambert went their separate ways, but are back together being inducted into the Hall of Fame in the same year.

Mike Lambert

Lambert was thrilled to be honored at the same time as Scott.

“So stoked to see Sean honored with this year's HOF,” said Lambert from Italy where he currently lives. “He is so deserving of it. I admired him for having such a strong work ethic and he was always a warrior on the court, never backing down from anyone.”

Lambert won 16 times professionally. He won the Manhattan Beach Open in 2004 with legend Karch Kiraly.

“What an honor.” Lambert said. “Pretty humbling to be inducted into the CBVA HOF because I have so much respect for the players before me who were my idols, who built the sport up, who are the foundation for this awesome lifestyle. To think that I made an impact during my time on tour, enough so to be inducted into the HOF is special and fills me with pride and humility.”

He also is “proud to be in there representing Hawaii and the strong tradition of world-class volleyball players that our island continues to produce.”

Jenny Johnson Jordan

Johnson Jordan, of Tarzana, won 10 professional titles, including a Manhattan Beach Open title in 2002 with Annett Davis. She grew up in Sherman Oaks, played at Windward High School and attended UCLA where she played.

Johnson Jordan played against some of the best including local legend Holly McPeak, Misty May and Kerri Walsh Jennings.

“The game of beach volleyball gave me the opportunity to continue my competitive career in volleyball,” said Johnson Jordan, who is an assistant coach with the UCLA beach volleyball team. “It was a big transition from only playing indoor my whole life and then graduating college and delving right into the pros.”

“This game has allowed me to play a sport for a living, to compete at the highest level and to live a lifestyle that gave me ample quality time with my family and also the opportunity to travel the world.”

It made numerous friendships.

“I think that Jenny is one of the most deserving athletes to receive the honor of being named to the CBVA Hall of Fame,” said her father Rafer Johnson, who was an extraordinary athlete winning an Olympic gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Italy in the decathlon. “I admire her talents, her competitive spirit and her dedication to the sport of volleyball. As a player and now as a coach she continues to inspire people to be the very best they can be.”

Steve O’Bradovich

O’Bradovich, who attended El Segundo High School, has called Laguna Beach home since 1996. He was inducted in 2005, before the Hall of Fame had a brick and mortar home. This year, it's his turn to be formally honored in front of his peers.

“I’m honored to be that guy this year,” O’Bradovich said.

It all started at 16 when he saw Ron Von Hagen play in a beach tournament at Rosecrans Avenue. The rest is history.

“I was sold after that,” O’Bradovich said.

He won Manhattan Beach at 21 while attending USC, then played in the 1977 Rose Bowl and later that year was playing on USC’s NCAA championship team in indoor volleyball.

“(I did it) all in a period of 10 months,” O’Bradovich said.

O’Bradovich claims he peaked at 22 although he still won 10 more times after that year.

“I do think the Hall of Fame is a great thing for beach volleyball to continue to grow,” he said. “We seem to get more people every year. The old players show up and it’s great to tell old stories about how good we were.”

O’Bradovich thanked local beach volleyball enthusiast Kevin Cleary and CVBA President Chris Brown who created the Hall of Fame in Hermosa Beach.

“My thanks go to Kevin Cleary and Chris Brown,” O’Bradovich said. “Without them there would be no HOF.”

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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