Surf SC Grows in San Diego With Strong Presence in Point Loma
San Diego based Surf Soccer Club expands, welcoming Riptide SC to its family. More than 20,000 youth soccer players proudly wear the Surf Crest on their jersey and the Surf SC’s affiliate program reaches coast to coast with over 15 Affiliates. Surf SC has also earned recognition as the club with the most recruited D1 players in the 2016 season, winning the prestigious girls IMG Top 150 class.
Youth Soccer News: Surf Soccer Club is an internationally acclaimed youth soccer club based in Southern California’s finest city, San Diego. The club has developed countless youth players who have been called on for national team training camps and play — including Mia Fishel to Catarina Marcario as well as many others.
Proud of earning 11 National Championship titles, developing world-class, FIFA Women’s World Cup winner Rachel Buehler Van Hollebeke, a mainstay with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Surf SC takes the greatest pride in positively impacting the community. Surf Cup Sports holds the famed annual Surf Cup and Manchester City Cup soccer tournaments attended by nearly 500 thousand people annually. Surf also donates $7 million in charitable contributions — and helps hold clinics for organizations such as TOPSoccer.
Being a good neighbor and helping grow the beautiful game locally as well as nationally has always been integral to the Surf philosophy kicked off by Mike Connerley so many years ago. Connerly, one of the first to create a professional level of standards for youth tournaments, strongly believes in providing opportunities to youth players.
Now, Surf SC is welcoming Riptide SC to its soccer family. A recreational and competitive youth soccer club in Point Loma, Riptide has a long history of wanting what is best for its players and reached out to Surf to explore options a few months ago.
“The idea of merging with Surf San Diego from the perspective of Riptide SC is that we could never have asked for a better match,” said Paul A. Neves, President of Riptide SC.
“We are thrilled to welcome everyone from Riptide to our Surf family,” said Jeremy McDonald. “Riptide is becoming part of San Diego Surf SC and we are really proud to work with a club in our local community. We look forward to providing our new Surf SC Point Loma players with new opportunities and resources.”
“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to join the Surf Soccer Family. We believe that our Riptide families will benefit tremendously from the successful legacy that Surf has provided the San Diego Soccer Community,” said Todd Curran is the new Director of Coaching for Surf Soccer in Point Loma.
“Our families will be able to utilize the multitudes of support services that Surf provides including a full-time college coordinator, a strength and conditioning coach as well as opportunities for our elite players to have an outlet to train and play with the highest caliber of players at Surf,” said Curran.
“Everyone on the Executive Team at Surf has been a pleasure to work with. They have been amazing and very responsive. Their administrative team has gone above and beyond our expectations — and with the severe time crunch we’ve faced with the upcoming tryout season, Surf’s been able to meet our timelines with exceptional accuracy,” said Neves.
“The idea of Surf expanding into various areas of San Diego County is a new concept that will help the development and promotion of soccer in our community,” said Curran who was one of the founders of PLSA Riptide Soccer Club. “We are looking forward to our tryouts next week. We are excited to provide an additional outlet of quality soccer that will follow the Surf tradition of developing players to be technically and tactically savvy while enjoying the beautiful game.”
“We are truly looking forward to the future of Surf Point Loma and the opportunities that this merger provides our families and players in our community. The prestige that comes with being affiliated with such a fine program as Surf San Diego is not being taken lightly. When we made the announcement to the families and players of the Riptide SC Club, the response and feedback have been overwhelmingly positive,” said Neves. “There are so many new opportunities that will become available to our existing families and players that on our own we could have never provided.”
Riptide has changed its name to Surf SC effective immediately and its new website will be Surf SC Point Loma.