About Us

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.

In 2016, the San Diego Surfers held a 5-1 in-season record and went on to defeat the Twin City Amazons and Glendale Raptors in order to be named WPL Champions for the first time in club history!

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!






6 thoughts on “About Us

  1. In the last few weeks of August I will be moving to San Diego from Michigan to live wth my husband who is stationed out there. I recently fell in love with the game and want to continue playing. I played for Ferris State University for the previous spring semester. I just finished my freshman year there. I am planning on continuing school in SD but not sure where at yet. Therefore I need to find a team that isn’t college club. From reading through all of your teams achievements I feel that I have A LOT to learn from you guys and would love to join when I move out there & meet new people. I have played mostly as a flank but like I said I am still pretty new to the game.

    Thank you,
    Sidney Amsdill

    Cell: 517-260-5190

  2. I would like more information on how to sign up too play rugby. My personal cell is 619-341-5709. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

  3. My daughter and I are relocating. She has played rugby in college and leagues during the summer. He formal athletic training should be better. Do you have workouts -strength/cardio etc? How good does she have to be? Is there a try out and if so is there anythings she should do to prepare?”


  4. Hi Jill,

    Our 15s season started a couple weeks ago- She is welcome to come play for us, there aren’t formal tryouts for the team. Skill & fitness will be the determining factors on if she’ll get to play in our league games or B-side matches. Practice is Tuesday & Thursday 7-9pm at Robb Field in Ocean Beach. The website calendar should be updated in the next week to show practice & game schedules. If you have any more questions check out the contact us page and email Caitlin!


  5. Hi Elizabeth,

    Our 15s season has started we have practice Tuesday & Thursdays at Robb Field in Ocean Beach from 7-9pm. If you have any other questions go to the contact us tab and shoot Caitlin an email.


  6. Hi Sidney,

    Apologies as the website is not managed as frequently as our FB page! We are always looking for new players and you are welcome to attend practice: Tuesday & Thursday night 7-9pm at Robb Field in Ocean Beach. Go to the Contact Us page on the site and shoot Caitlin the VP an email she should be able to help you out with any questions! You can also look up the fb page.


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