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Club Highlight: Bay Area Surf


Club Highlight: Bay Area 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 2021, Bay Area 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 Bay Area Surf’s Director Heath Piper to learn more about how Surf has helped his club, players, coaches, and administrators and their upcoming season goals:

What has been the biggest value to Bay Area Surf being part of the Surf Nation Community?

The most significant value for Bay Area Surf within the Surf Nation Community is the abundance of resources and knowledge shared among leaders, administrators, and coaches. The community provides a wealth of insights and expertise. With Surf evolving into an international brand, the available resources have expanded even further. Surf’s forward-thinking approach to enhancing value and resources for clubs and the overall brand adds another layer of significance to our involvement.

Reflecting on 2023, what defined the Club’s year?

The defining aspect of the club in 2023 was the remarkable growth, nearly 70% increase from 2022. This growth, while overwhelming, is a testament to the hard work of our dedicated staff, players, and supportive families. The synergy among our staff, administrators, players, and families is evident both on and off the field, extending even to academic excellence in the classroom. Our commitment to supporting players in every aspect of their development, coupled with a focus on the details in the training, has lead to the clubs success.

As you move into 2024, what are some key performance indicators for the Club?

Our primary goal for 2024 is player development, prioritizing it over winning, and instilling our distinctive style of play across all teams. While reaching the playoffs is a target, we believe that staying true to our game model and curriculum will naturally lead to success. In ECNL and MLS Next, we aim to send a minimum of 5 teams to the playoffs in their prospective leagues, building on the success of previous years. We strive to have 2-3 players in every age group playing on National teams and to builb on our success playing players in top D1 college programs. We had multiple former female college player sign NWSL and European Pro contracts in 2023. On the boys’ side, working closely with SJ Quakes to promote top players into the MLS pro academy is a key focus, in 2023 we had our first boys player sign a pro contract with the Quakes at age 15.

The Club is creating a proven track record of developing players with exposure to various international training centers – what do you attribute this to?

Our success in developing players with exposure to international training centers stems from strong relationships with US Soccer and federations in CONCACAF and Europe. The emphasis on individual development, including cross-age group and gender challenges like integrating girls into MLS Next games and trainings with boys, has set us apart. Our commitment to constant assessment and evolution of training methods, utilizing available resources, contributes to a track record of developing well-rounded players sought after by federations, colleges, and pro clubs globally.

The Club enters its 2nd year in ECNL Girls and is a member of MLS on the boys’ side – can you share your player development pathway from Grassroots to the Elite tier?

Our player development pathway begins with the pre-academy program covering 5v5, progressing through the academy program with 7v7 and 9v9 ages, and culminating in the elite program with 11v11 for ages U13-U19. What makes us unique is our personalized approach, considering the maturation process of each player. We make adjustments, moving players to appropriate levels based on development needs, even if it means playing with older age groups or integrating girls with boys. The individual development plan is central to our approach. Additionally, top U17/19 club players and our current college players have the option to play for one of the most successful USL-W semi-pro teams, which finished 3rd in the National Playoffs last season.

Learn more about Bay Area Surf at  https://www.bayareasurf.org

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Club Highlight: New England Surf


Club Highlight: New England 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 2019, New England 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 New England Surf’s Director Tommaso Trevisan to learn more about how Surf has helped his club, players, coaches, and administrators and their upcoming season goals:

What are some of the biggest values to New England Surf being part of the Surf Nation Community?

NES values the sense of community the most. Being part of a network of like-minded clubs from all over the country helps us discover best practices and better our club.

Surf Select is also a key component for both our players and coaches. The ability to experience international soccer opportunities is a big plus in our coaches’ and players’ development.

As we start to close out 2023, what are some of the key indicators that define the year?

  • 2 DPL National Championships this year establish our girl’s program as one of the best in New England and beyond.
  • 95% retention on the coaching staff is a testament to a healthy environment, where coaches are supported through their development and licensing (12D License completed)
  • 30+ college commits in the calendar year for the 3rd year in a row, despite us being only a 3.5-year-old club, which is an incredible achievement. Full list here: https://newenglandsurf.com/college-alumni/
  • Incredible growth at the U8-U12 level, which set the foundation for a bright future.

The future looks bright as we continuously look for ways to strengthen our coaches, teams, players, and families!

New England Surf has a really interesting player development model; what have been some of the key points and education for players, coaches & families that keep the club aligned?

Style of play,

Playing through the Thirds:

✔ Attack Minded

✔ Dominate Possession

✔ Press from the Front

✔ Dominate 1v1s

✔ Compact and Together

Coaching Philosophy: With the Ball: CONSTRUCT-CREATE-COMPLETE, Progression – Destabilize – Finish

✔ Without the ball: DENY-DELAY-DISRUPT, Impede – Reorganize – Protect

✔ We lose the ball  –Win it back as quickly as possible

✔ We win the ball–Attack as quickly as possible

✔ Set Plays and Restarts

How is the Club continuing to focus on coach education, development, and recruitment?

We aim to have every single coach in the club with at least a D license in 2024. We have a system for which we sponsor the cost of the coaching courses, reimbursing 50% at completion and 50% a year after. This incentivizes our coaches to be aggressive with their coaching education. We also offer support in terms of shared methodology and best practices. We have a club-wide technical framework with weekly phases, team concepts, behaviors, and objectives to be trained. As for next year, we expect to continue to recruit new and good coaches via word of mouth, as the quality of the product on and off the field for players and coaches will attract the best staff in New England.

Now you look at 2024, what are some of the KPI’s, goals, and challenges you have set for the Club and need to overcome as a whole?

We will continue to work towards being the best club in the Boston metropolitan area. We want to test our teams at the highest level of competition we have access to (tournaments and leagues). And continue to push to improve it. We will fulfill our mission and support the most kids in their dreams of playing collegiate soccer. And we will continue to deliver the best value proposition possible to our 1350 (and growing) players and 48 (and growing) coaches in the club.

Learn more about New England Surf at  https://newenglandsurf.com/

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Surf Nation Celebrates National Letter of Intent Day!

Surf Celebrates ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE Players On National Letter of Intent Day!

These are the moments we celebrate as a community. These are the moments where we pause to admire the hours of training, the dedication to their craft, and the commitment to their goal.  These are the moments when we look at the kids who’ve grown up within our club, and we smile and we say, “WAY TO GO!”

These moments are what Surf is all about.  These moments perfectly capture our Mission to Create the Best of the Best Experiences and Opportunities for kids.

“San Diego Surf continues to show its dominance in placing student athletes into elite collegiate programs. We are overjoyed for our student athletes who are taking the next step in their careers and we are excited to see them flourish at the collegiate level,” said Bobby Reiss Director of San Diego Surf.

“Signing Day is an exciting time for our Surf players. Their passion, perseverance, and determination has given them the opportunity to continue their competitive soccer careers at a higher level. We are all excited to watch their continued growth on and off the pitch, and thrive in their college environment,” said Adam Cooper, Director of Coaching Walnut Creek Surf.

“The competition for college soccer roster spots is as competitive as ever. The dream of many becomes reality for only a select few. These players have poured their heart and soul into their own development, parents have sacrificed to afford the investment needed to pursue these opportunities, and signing day is a celebration for everyone involved. LA Surf is proud of the players that have chosen to play at the next level and have found a home for the next 4 years to learn, grow and compete. Congratulations to all the players across Surf Nation signing their Letter and we wish you the very best for the next stage in your journey.” – Barry Ritson, President of Los Angeles Surf.

Today, we officially congratulate our Surf athletes nationwide as they sign their National Letters of Intent. With a total of 125 athletes committing to play collegiate soccer, Surf is truly the #1 brand in the US for developing college players and helping them pursue their dreams. We could not be more proud and excited for these kids.

There will be more major college commitments to come as this is only the first of two National Signing Days for Soccer.  However, please take the time to celebrate and congratulate these kids on pursuing the next step of their athletic dreams.  #SurfProud #WeAreSurf

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2024 Surf Summit

 

2024 Surf Summit

 We are gearing up for our Surf Nation Leadership team to join us in San Diego for our annual #SurfSummit! We’re excited to kick off 2024 by hosting our #SurfNation Leaders for three days of learning & community building this February 14-16th. 

Surf Summit is our annual opportunity to bring our Surf Nation leaders together to demonstrate the power of our community and to learn how to maximize our impact back home in our individual clubs. The collaboration, learning, and support from each of our Surf clubs make Surf the nation’s most incredible youth soccer brand!

We are Surf Nation. 56 Clubs, 35,000 players STRONG. #WeAreSurf

 

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Club Highlight: Utah Surf


Club Highlight: Utah 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 2013, Utah 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 Utah Surf’s Operations Director, Lisa Swenson, to learn more about how Surf has helped his club, players, coaches, and administrators and their upcoming season goals:

What is the biggest value for Utah Surf being part of the Surf Nation Community?

There are massive benefits to our affiliation with Surf Nation at all levels of our organization, from access to best-in-class tools such as Elite Soccer Clubs registration/event management software and premium access to The Coaching Manual coach education database to uniform contract negotiation.

The National Surf Select Program allows our players and coaches opportunities to compete in top national and international events, where they can make connections with players and coaches from around the world. The Surf Nation Community allows us to learn from and associate with coaches from diverse backgrounds through coach education opportunities in the exclusive Surf Nation Development Series.

As you start to reflect on 2023, what are some of the key highlights this year you would like to share?

2023 has been an exciting year at Utah Surf. We’ve had multiple teams compete and perform in high-level events. We’ve also shared in the excitement and success of our younger teams as they learn foundational concepts on the soccer field and in team environments. We had the privilege of watching one of our players who experienced a life-threatening – never walk again diagnosis recently re-enter training with her team this past month. This year, we were able to expand more into a neighboring metro area, creating teams of various age groups that are competing and thriving. We also formed a partnership with another neighboring club to offer additional pathways for our players.

The future looks bright as we continuously look for ways to strengthen our coaches, teams, players, and families!

As you start to plan for 2024, what are some of the Club’s KPI’s and goals you have set for the club?

LA Surf said it best – “We want to see continued growth in all areas of our organization.” We want to ensure that our players have every possible opportunity to grow and excel on the field and in their lives. We’ll continue to look for ways to partner or collaborate with coaches and teams to help our players reach their goals. We want to ensure that our coaches have the opportunities and access they need to advance their coaching portfolios – through continued focus on in-house coach education and other opportunities through Surf Nation. We want to maximize our efforts to add value to the players, coaches, and families in our organizations. We want to see more teams competing at the national level. We want to see more of our players playing at the next level.

Given the Club’s large geographical footprint in the state of Utah, how would you best describe your player development pathway from Grassroots through to your Elite program?

Collaboration is key. We have teams in 4 different metropolitan areas. We strive to help players who need more – whether it be higher-level competition, different types of coaching, increased competition, or just more soccer in general, to get what they need. Collaboration happens within age groups in their respective regions, as well as across regions and across age groups. In keeping with the Surf mission, we are primarily focused on providing the Best of the Best experiences and opportunities for our players.

The club oversees the Mountain Regional Select program; as you move into year 2, what are some of the lessons you have learned in creating additional experiences and opportunities for players wanting to be part of the select program?

This year, we tried to expand and increase visibility for the program in order to give more players the opportunity to participate. The Surf Select Program is a unique opportunity for players to experience a tryout process and be exposed to additional coaching from different coaches as well as different players. This provides players the opportunity to expand their skill set in adapting to various soccer environments. The program is invaluable for the players that are wanting these types of experiences and opportunities. Every player can benefit from the Surf Select program!

 

Learn more about Utah Surf at https://utahsurfsoccer.com/

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Western Washington Surf Joins the Surf Soccer Family

Western Washington Surf Joins the Surf Soccer Family

Launching immediately, Titans FC will transition to become Western Washington Surf, joining the Surf Nation Community.

San Diego, CA., November 1, 2023—  Surf Cup Sports (San Diego, CA) is proud to announce the launch of our newest partner club, Western Washington Surf. In the world of youth sports, the Surf brand is renowned for professionalism, elite event management, high-quality coaching, and, most importantly, a deep commitment to player development. Our mission is to create experiences and opportunities for players, and we’re excited to announce our next step toward achieving this goal in Western Washington.

Effective immediately, Titans FC, one of the fastest-growing clubs on the western side of the state, will transition to the newly formed Western Washington Surf. This partnership now extends the Surf presence across the entire state, with clubs in both Eastern and Western Washington. The newest club will join the Surf Nation community, continuing to build a regional powerhouse through its Elite program and geographical footprint, accelerating additional experiences and opportunities for all players.

The Surf Nation community has a proven track record and rich history of developing players, seeing them move through the player pathway into National Team programs and the professional and collegiate ranks. Led by the most experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate soccer minds, Western Washington Surf will provide high-quality programming and a complete pathway for elite and regional players.

“We strive to make Surf Nation stronger in talent every single day,” says Andy Prosser, Surf Nation Director. “As our Surf Nation Program continues to expand, it’s essential that we partner with clubs and staff run by like-minded, sports management executives, coaches, and administrators, as they are dedicated to our mission to provide the best experiences and opportunities for their athletes. We currently have a superb club and leadership team with our partners at Washington East Surf. The addition of Western Washington Surf shows we are the premium and authentic youth organization throughout the entire state. While both clubs are independent, I am excited to see the opportunity for collaboration while providing our brand and resources to ensure we are the top soccer destination in the Pacific Northwest.”


“This marks a significant milestone in our organization’s history, and we are thrilled to join the Surf Nation family,” says Adam Nowland, President of Western Washington Surf. “Over the past decade, we’ve overcome numerous challenges to grow our club. Now, with the backing and strength of Surf, the possibilities are limitless. Titans FC has always been dedicated to providing quality training and mentorship in a positive environment for players of all levels. Rest assured, this commitment remains unwavering. Our organization’s enhanced capacity to offer more to players and families seeking it is the only change. Western WA Surf embodies the future of youth soccer in this region. We take pride in representing the Surf brand moving forward, ensuring we have exceptional offerings that cater to players of all levels.”


“On behalf of Washington East Surf, we warmly welcome Western Washington Surf to the Surf Nation community,” says Jerry Cardenas, Executive Director of Washington Surf East. “We look forward to working and partnering with Adam Nowland, Marlon Mejia, and the club. Surf Nation just made an awesome addition to the region, and we look forward to a long, successful relationship with plenty of opportunities for collaboration across the Pacific Northwest.”

Western Washington Surf will continue to provide the best player development experience, pathway, and opportunities within the region. Being a part of the Surf Nation network, Western Washington Surf players and families will have access to additional support on-and-off the field to ensure that we continue to be the number one soccer destination.

The top players from Western Washington Surf will have direct access to Surf Select, an unprecedented identification program built through Surf Nation. This program allows selected players to compete in the best international and domestic events, picking from a player pool that expands from Puerto Rico and Rhode Island to Hawaii and Canada.

About Surf:

For over 46 years, Surf has been one of the founding organizations in youth soccer. With over $12 Million in charitable donations, 17 national championships, and countless professional, collegiate, and youth national team players, we are forever striving to be the “Best of the Best.”

Western Washington Surf joins our 55 Surf National Affiliates to comprise what we’re proud to call Surf Nation.

For more information and tryout information, visit https://westernwasurf.com/

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Club Highlight: South Carolina Surf


Club Highlight: South Carolina 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 2020, South Carolina 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 South Carolina Soccer Club’s Director of Coaching & Player Development, Tam McGowan, to learn more about how Surf has helped his club, players, coaches, and administrators and their upcoming season goals:

What is the biggest value to South Carolina Surf being part of the Surf Nation community?

The Surf community has an amazing support network. The leadership support and staff support for our club have been great, allowing us to give a better experience for our players and membership. Allowing our players to experience Surf Select and give our players the experience of playing with other players around the country.

 

As you have started the 23/24 Season. What are some of the KPI’s and goals you have set for the Club?

One of our club’s biggest goals is to continue enhancing our training environment. Expectation and overall experience for our players is the foundation we look to build upon to allow our players to continue developing.

 

How are you focusing on Coach development and assessing buy-in from your staff?

The buy-in has been great from a coaching perspective.  Having directors in certain age groups allows us to help coaches improve the overall environment and help give coaches the tools to be successful.  We are continuing to encourage our coaches to gain higher licensing through US Soccer which will only further develop each staff member at the club.

 

Looking back on the 22/23 season, please share any highlights from a Team, Player, or Coach perspective.

We had a pretty successful 22/23 season for our older age groups.  Three boys teams ( 2009, 2007, 2006) went on to the ECNL Playoffs, with our 2007 boys making it to the last 16.  Our 2009 Girls Academy team made it to the Elite 8 of Girls Academy in St Louis.

Provide a quick snapshot of the Club’s overall Player development pathway.

We have restructured the club, which we believe will help put more focus on the development of each individual player within the club.Pre Academy (U6-U9)
Academy (U10-U14)
Competition Phase (U15-U19)

Learn more about South Carolina Surf at https://southcarolinasurfsoccer.com/

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Surf Nation Stands with Montana Surf’s Silent Saturday


Surf Nation Stands with Montana Surf’s Silent Saturday

San Diego, CA., September 22, 2023—  Surf Cup Sports (San Diego, CA)  In the world of youth sports, the Surf brand is renowned for professionalism, elite event management, high-quality coaching, and, most importantly, a deep commitment to player development, resulting in hundreds of All-American athletes and thousands of college scholarships. For over 45 years, Surf has been a leader in the youth soccer landscape, dedicated to our mission to create the best experiences and opportunities for our players nationwide. Surf has always been committed to our mission, and supporting this one-day event, Silent Saturday continues to demonstrate our dedication to our players.

 

As our Montana Surf partner implements Silent Saturday to highlight the ongoing issues in youth soccer that have eroded the focus on player development, Montana Surf reminds us that youth sports are about developing our kids through sports, not about the parents, coaches, administrators, or referees.

Silent Saturday’s goal is to let our children play with joy and without fear. With childhood obesity and inactivity rates currently at all-time highs in America, it’s our commitment to encourage our players to stay on the pitch. Studies from the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) have found that of the 40 million youths who participate in organized sports each year, 70% will drop out before the age of 13.  Not only are children being impacted, but over 50,000 referees have quit since 2018, and the number one reason for leaving is verbal abuse from parents and coaches

For us to continue to keep our kids and referees on the pitch, our sport’s on-field culture has to change, and Silent Saturday is a one-day event to re-center all of us that youth sports are meant to be a joyful experience for kids.

“We are implementing ‘Silent Saturday’ in an effort to remove parental and fan pressure towards athletes, referee abuse, coach abuse, and overall have a more enjoyable game for all of our athletes. This is an opportunity for parents to take a step back and sit quietly to watch their athletes play the beautiful game of soccer.”  – Montana Surf

“Surf supports Montana Surf’s Silent Saturday initiative – let the players play, the referees ref, and allow our families to hit the refresh button and focus on what this game is all about: the opportunity to educate and develop players and continue to foster their love for the beautiful game,” said Andy Prosser, Director of Surf Nation

About Surf:

For over 46 years, Surf has been one of the founding organizations in youth soccer. With over $12 Million in charitable donations, 25 national championships, and countless professional, collegiate, and youth national team players, we are forever striving to be the “Best of the Best.

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Club Highlight: Los Angeles Surf


Club Highlight: Los Angeles 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 2019, Los Angeles 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 LA Valley Soccer Club’s Director, Barry Ritson, to learn more about how Surf has helped his club, players, coaches, and administrators and their upcoming season goals:

What is the biggest value to LA Surf being part of the Surf Nation community?

The knowledge of the leadership within Surf Nation is important for us to share in and stretch our thinking on what is possible for our players.

Surrounding yourself with innovators inspires you to think outside the box, look at ways that have been successful in other clubs or areas of the country, and implement them in your own organization. We have taken initiatives shared within Surf Nation and brought it back to LA, adding our own twist, and we have seen them aid us to be better each day.

As you reflect on 22/23 Season, what key success indicators defined the club’s year?

The 2022/2023 Season was successful both on and off the field at LA SURF.

On the field our staff have thrived. Creating a culture of excellence for our players. We have developed and improved our foundation levels at LA Surf. Our LA Grassroots program has given local players an opportunity to explore the game, fall in love with the sport in a fun, supportive and professional environment. The club teams continue to reach the top levels of the game locally and regionally and have shown whether you are in the San Fernando Valley, Torrance, Hollywood or La Canada, there is a common goal to be the Best of the Best and players are maximizing their potential. Our Elite Program is one of the best in the country. Top talent are mentored and stretched to be the best they can be, chasing their goals with excitement and enthusiasm.

All of this is supported by the best administrative staff in the industry, working tirelessly to keep us moving forward. We are proud of our accomplishments and have looked to social media to spread word of the benefits at LA Surf and with numbers increasing across the board, people are taking note and finding their way into our network.

Now you look forward to 23/24. What are some of the KPI’s and goals you have set for the Club?

We want to see continued growth in all areas of our organization. We want to maximize the indoor facility in Pasadena, share more benefits of the partnerships we have cultivated in Sport Performance and Health and Wellness, putting the player firmly at the core of our environment. More teams winning championships at the National level. More players committing to college. More access for our players to USYNT programming and more boys signing with pro clubs. This is the next stage of our progression and commitment to be the Best of the Best in what we do while making sure every single player has a great experience wearing Surf Blue.

You have a really interesting player development pathway, how do you keep the coaches aligned on the Clubs vision through to the Elite program?

LA Surf is a large and robust organization but also has a small village feel. The club directors in each region are specialists not only in their field but they also take the time to understand the goals and desires of the players and families that participate in their region. This gives us a unique ability to train, develop and identify talent. The collaborative nature of our staff ensures that each player can find their way and not only explore the game but land in their optimal spot on the team that best fits their needs and ability. Communication, transparency and advocating for players to be evaluated gives us a really good foundation to make sure players move through the club to the appropriate teams, at the appropriate time.

The boys you have had great success being in the MLS feeding players onto professional youth academies, now you have qualified the Girls program to the GA Champions league – what do you put this success down to?

Leadership and drive. Our leaders are truly invested not only in team success but also individual coach and player advancement. For the Boys we have proven our development plan and coaching nurtures talent. With humility, we understand that coaches and players have aspirations to compete at the top level of the game. At some point, we exhaust our ability to keep them progressing. We know that professional organizations are watching our players and through our growing relationships with their Academy staff, we can help facilitate upward movement. For Girls, we have developed a grit within our program. A strong desire to be better. Again, Leadership is critical. We are blessed to have the staff we have, and they work smart to make us difficult to beat, hard to play against with a will to score goals. Across the age groups we performed well last season and secured a Champions Cup spot. It’s just the beginning.

Learn more about LA Surf at https://wearelasurf.com.

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Surf Select Summer 2023 Recap


Surf Select Goes On Summer 2023 Tour

Surf Select – A national identification program through Surf Nation bringing together the “best of the best” to deliver the Surf mission of experiences and opportunities throughout Summer 2023.

The Surf Select program, in conjunction with our travel partners Global Sports Experiences, delivered a memorable summer for our Players and Families as a number of our Surf Select teams competed in various domestic and international events. From the US, down to Brazil, and over to England and Spain, the journey has delivered 3 International championships, confirmed College Commits, and created friendships that will go far beyond what was achieved on-field.

The Surf Select program has a unique player development pathway, from Club recommendations, regional programs, and tournament play through to our national team program that has seen over 2000 players participate from 42 Clubs that stretch from Rhode Island through to Hawaii, represent the Surf brand both domestically and internationally – a quick snapshot below followed by highlights from selected events:

Premier SuperCopa – 2012 & 2013 B&G White

Target Cup, USA – 2011 G White

Surf Cup, USA – 2006 G&B Blue (2006 G winner), 2011 G&B Blue, 2013 G&B Blue

BH Cup, IDA (Brazil) – 2008 Boys Blue

Super Cup Northern Ireland – 2007 B&G Blue, 2010 B&G Blue (2010G winner)

Foyle Cup 2011 B&G White, 2009 G White (winner)

Royal Pre Season Cup – 2008 B&G White, 2010 B&G White

Valencia event  – 2006 B White

Following a busy summer, we would like to congratulate our 2010 National Blue Girls (Super Cup NI Winners), 2009 National White Girls (Foyle Cup), and 2006 National Blue (Surf Cup, USA) that saw our program pick up 2 International and 1 Domestic title this summer.

Global Sports Experience Director Enrico Ciuffetelli reflects on hosting Surf Select this summer:

“Global Sports Experience (GSE) is humbled and thrilled to have had the privilege of providing the Surf Select program with a truly unique and unforgettable experience for all participants.

From Brazil’s sun-kissed beaches to Spain’s historic landscapes, the Surf Select 2023 provided by GSE was an expedition that transcended boundaries. It was more than just a series of events—it was a celebration of dedication, camaraderie, and the pursuit of excellence.

The Surf Select teams showcased their remarkable skills and passion on an international stage, competing against formidable opponents from across the globe. Each match was a testament to their dedication, grit, and sportsmanship. The electric atmosphere of the tournaments and competitions highlighted the best of Surf Select, leaving an indelible mark on and off the field.

Global Sports Experiences feels deeply grateful for Surf Nation’s trust in us to create an unparalleled experience for all your teams and families. This unwavering dedication, relentless spirit, and infectious enthusiasm have made this journey a triumph beyond measure. Your commitment to growth on and off the field has left an indelible mark on us all. From all of us at GSE, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey”.

Next, we start the identification for Surf Select 2024 with 7 Regional camps taking place across the US, along with preparing for the prestigious Surf Cup International – which will showcase 41 different Clubs across 19 countries and is quickly becoming one of the top youth tournaments in the world. We can’t wait to see our Surf Select teams compete against a variety of professional youth academies in Salou, Spain, this November.”

For more information on the Surf Select pathway and opportunities, please visit www.surfsoccernation.com