Club Highlight: Walnut Creek Surf
Surf Nation is comprised of like-minded coaches and administrators dedicated to our Surf mission to provide the best experiences and opportunities for their athletes. Since 2018, Walnut Creek Surf has been a proud partner of Surf Nation, and we have thoroughly enjoyed the partnership, watching their amazing club grow and seeing them take full advantage of being under the Surf brand.
We sat down with Walnut Creek Surf Soccer Club’s General Manager, Steve Chappell, to find out more about how Surf has helped his club, players, coaches, and administrators and their upcoming season goals:
What is the biggest value Surf brings to the Walnut Creek community?
There isn’t just one – Surf Nation offers so much value to our club and the Surf Nation community. The Surf brand by itself stands at the top of the list as it’s a national brand, and we have successfully implemented and leveraged the brand in our club since 2018. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Surf Select program and the experiences it’s provided to our players here in NorCal, the nation, and worldwide. Further, the coaching resources and education are of huge value to our coaching staff!
What are some of the Goals laid out by the Walnut Creek leadership team for this 2022/2023 Season?
Expanded player development – we focus on value add programs and tools to improve the player experience, including performance training, soccer assessments, and video analysis.
Coaching staff education and licensing – we are focused on developing within and externally with professional development on and off the field. Since we are a youth soccer provider, child development is an area we want to improve our educational services to our coaches, improve communication and development and keep kids safe.
Private/Public partnership with our city for field fundraising. The turf field project is our major project that will result in additional programming time for our teams to train later in the evening with lights and an all-weather surface. This is a game changer for our club and community – to have two new turf fields to support our club.
Please share an achievement this Fall Walnut Creek Surf is proud of?
One of our community outreach programs is TOPSoccer ( The Outreach Program for Soccer ), which supports athletes with intellectual, emotional, or physical disabilities. In our fifth year now, this past Fall season, we hosted 50 athletes, supported by 40+ youth and parent volunteers!
GIRLS – 2009GB – 1st in NPL and 1st in DPL in 2009 age group have outscored opponents 93-6.
Learn more about Walnut Creek Surf Soccer club at www.wcsc.org