The San Diego Surfers Women’s Rugby Club has been San Diego’s premier women’s rugby team since 1975. Previously known as both OMBUSH and the Rio Grande Surfers, the team applied for non-profit status and officially changed its name to the San Diego Surfers Women’s Rugby Club in 1997. Since then, the Surfers have rapidly matured as a club in terms of talent and experience, thanks to the dedication of the players, coaches, and supporters.
2016 Women’s Premier League National Champions
2016 Club Sevens Nationals, 5th Place
2015 Women’s Premier League National Championships, 5th Place
2015 Club Sevens Nationals, 3rd Place
2014 Women’s Premier League National Championships, 5th Place
2014 Club Sevens National Champions
2013 Club Sevens Nationals, Top 3
2012 Club Sevens National Champions
2012 SCRFU DII Champions
2011 Women’s Premier League National Championships, 4th Place
2011 Club Sevens Nationals, Top 3
City of San Diego, San Diego Surfers Day
2010 Division I National Champions
2010 Club Sevens National Champions
2010 National Invitational Sevens, 2nd Place
2009 Division I National Champions
2009 National Invitational Sevens, 3rd Place
2007 – 2010 SCRFU Division I Champions
In 2007 and 2008, the Surfers won two consecutive Southern California Rugby Football Union (SCRFU) Championships and earned their first set of trips to the USA Rugby National Tournament. Fall of 2009, USA Rugby changed the women’s club competitive structure, and the SCRFU Division I women’s league became part of Competitive Region 1 (West). Subsequently, in both 2009 and 2010, the San Diego Surfers finished first in CR1 and earned two trips to Nationals, where they finished 1st in the nation two years in a row!
In 2010, the Surfers were invited by USA Rugby to join the Women’s Premier League, a national league featuring the top eight women’s club teams in the United States. The Surfers accepted the invitation and, when a challenge match was declined, became the first Division I team to move into WPL since the league’s inception in 2009. The Surfers’ WPL team surprised the league by finishing 4th overall at Nationals their very first year.
In 2011, the Surfers also began a Division II fifteens program. The DII team had immediate success, becoming the DII SCRFU Champions their first year!
In addition to their fifteens teams, the Surfers also have a successful sevens program. In the summer of 2009, the Surfers sent a sevens team to the inaugural women’s National Invitational Sevens Championships in San Francisco, where they finished 3rd. In 2010, the Surfers put in another impressive sevens performance, finishing 2nd in the nation. In 2012, the Surfers defeated the Seattle Breakers in the final to become Sevens National Champions for the first time in the club’s history! The club repeated their championship efforts in 2014, winning the title for a second time.
The addition to their league play, the Surfers are also known for their Champagne Classic tournament. Now entering its 30th year, the spring tournament has served as a showcase for club and college-level teams from the U.S. and abroad who travel to San Diego to play great rugby in America’s Finest City.
The Surfers are a team of friends and competitive athletes from all walks of life and all levels of rugby experience. We are passionate about the game of rugby and enthusiastic about supporting the rugby community in San Diego and as a whole. We invite you to join us as a player or as a supporter, or to just come out and watch one of our games. In any case, we look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into the San Diego Surfers community!