Surf Cup Sports (San Diego, CA) is proud to announce the launch of our newest partner club, South Bay Surf. Based in Chula Vista, CA, BARÇA Academy San Diego will transition immediately to South Bay Surf while maintaining the same staff and programming under the South Bay Surf brand and adding the incredible benefits that Surf Nation offers. South Bay Surf work closely with San Diego Surf to ensure that all athletes in the county have access to the experiences and opportunities that only Surf can uniquely provide. The addition of South Bay Surf is an important step in expanding Surf’s mission in their home market of San Diego. Creating partnerships strategically across the county with the top clubs that fit Surf’s mission and culture allows Surf to help service and support an important and deep talent market in the southern end of San Diego all the way down to Baja California. This partnership will offer South Bay Surf unmatched access to top-level San Diego programming and nationwide network resources.
South Bay Surf will be launching with the support of the San Diego Surf Club, which has a proven track record of developing players and seeing them move through the player pathway into the US National Team Program and the professional and collegiate ranks. Led by a community of experienced coaches and passionate soccer minds in the county, South Bay Surf will provide high-quality programming and a complete pathway for players within the South Bay Community. South Bay Surf will work with and learn from existing Surf Nation affiliates to deliver a holistic approach to player development which will challenge players to learn the game in a positive and encouraging environment.
“We strive to make Surf Nation stronger in talent every single day,” says Brian Enge, Surf CEO. “As our Surf Nation Program continues to expand, it’s important that we partner with clubs and staff run by like-minded coaches and administrators, as they are dedicated to our mission to provide the best of the best experiences and opportunities for their athletes. We are delighted to move into an area with such a deep talent of players and coaches.”
South Bay Surf will strive to provide the best player development experience, pathway, and opportunities in the community. Being part of the Surf Nation network, South Bay Surf players and families will receive additional support both on and off the field to ensure they become the top destination for the area’s top talent.
“We are thrilled to take the foundations, education and style of play we have learned, lived and loved to the next level. Partnering with Surf will provide our athletes and families with the necessary access to showcase their talents among the best of the best, it is a natural and exciting progression.” Scott Waddle, South Bay Surf CEO.
“We are reborn. As part of Surf Nation, we will be able to expand exponentially in the South Bay, offering the same professional experience on and off the field to a broader network of talent. We will now be able to not only offer professional programming and travel opportunities, but a clear pathway to the highest level. We look forward to providing the South Bay with the best of the best.” Manuel Morandi. South Bay Executive Director.
“The South Bay will finally have access to the best soccer opportunities at their home base. We will stay loyal to our playing style and values, while now offering a higher competitive ceiling to take our players as high as they want to go.” Diego Terry, South Bay Director of Coaching
The top players in South Bay Surf will have direct access to Surf Select, an identification program built through Surf Nation. This program offers selected players the opportunity to compete in the best international and domestic events, picking from a player pool that expands from Rhode Island to Hawaii and internationally in Canada.
For over 45 years, Surf has been one of the founding organizations in youth soccer. With over $7 Million in charitable donations, 16 national championships, and countless professional, collegiate, and youth national team players, we are forever striving to be the “Best of the Best.” South Bay Surf joins 48 Surf National Affiliates to comprise what we’re proud to call Surf Nation.