by LINDA FRABL | photos by Soul of Photography

All-American Athlete

student_duvall4Owen Duvall is a 17-year-old senior at Cathedral Catholic High School who adores living in a seaside community. He proclaimed, “My favorite thing about Encinitas is its proximity to the beach and how that affects the laid-back culture of the city.” Even though he’s surrounded by a relaxing beach town vibe, by no means does Owen take the benefits of hard work for granted.

In fact, Owen is an exceptional rugby player who was selected to be on the Boys High School All-American (BHSAA) rugby team last year. Comprised of the very best players from all over the country, the team traveled to France and Belgium to compete internationally. Owen exclaimed, “It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. We really don’t have many, if any, opportunities to compare ourselves to the rest of the world, and so this allowed us to see what it took to be competitive at the international level.”

student_duvall2It was while Owen was playing Pop Warner football seven years ago that his coach first told him about a brand new rugby club called the Coastal Dragons that was starting up in Encinitas. Owen recalled, “I went to the first practice, fell in love with the game, and the rest is history!” Now Owen alternates playing for his high school rugby team in the fall and the Coastal Dragons in the spring. He also played on his high school football team for four years, and even won a CIF championship.

When he isn’t working on his physical strength, Owen exercises his religious strength through his school’s Campus Ministry class. He revealed, “It is my favorite class because we get to work with underclassmen and help them grow closer to their faith and to each other.” In the future, Owen hopes to study chemical engineering in college, and eventually become either a professional rugby player or an entrepreneurial chemical engineer.

Name: Owen Duvall (17)
School: Cathedral Catholic High School
Grade: 12
Parents: Nick and Kim Duvall
Sibling: Ellie Duvall (14)
Favorite Spots in 92024: Downtown Encinitas, Moonlight Beach


For now, though, Owen is focused on improving his rugby skills, researching colleges (he’s especially interested in UCLA and Clairemont McKenna), and “just doing average teenager things.” Owen clarified, “I enjoy hanging out with my friends, going to the beach, and playing video games.” These may be ordinary pastimes, but Owen still exhibits exceptional abilities when it comes to his athletic accomplishments.