San Francisco Underwater Rugby Team
Underwater Rugby was started in 1961, with a member of the German Underwater Club (DUC) in Cologne, Ludwig von Bersuda, came up with the idea of an underwater ball game.
I've never seen this wild 3D sport with salt water filled ball, tossing and grabbing underwater!
I met one of the female captains, Jacqui on the day of the photo shoot and she explained to me briefly what it's all about.
Two teams each with six players (plus six substitutes), try to score a goal by sending the ball into the opponents’ goal. Players are allowed to touch (pull, push = wrestling!) the person with a ball but as soon as the person leases it, everybody has to let the person go.
It happens so fast underwater. It's incredible to see their movements, team works and stamina!!
Erena: How did you get involved in this sport?
Jacqui: I started back in 2008, in Sydney, Australia. A colleague asked if I wanted to go to a Beginner's Night for some crazy sport he'd heard of after work. I almost said no! But I didn't have other plans that Wednesday so I went along. Twenty people showed up, and I don't think they were quite prepared for it, so it was all a bit chaotic. As soon as we started playing and passing the ball around underwater, I was totally hooked. I've played every since.
E: How do you feel physically and emotionally when you are underwater compare to being on land?
J: Being underwater can...