6 results for month: 02/2013


An Insider’s Look At The Internship

Hundreds of people all over the globe have gone through the Surfing The Nations Internship program. Most of them are surprised upon arrival to see they're living on an urban street notorious for its high crime activity. The internship is full of experiences in the ocean and nature of Hawaii, but the heart of the internship is to grow in character, learn to live beyond yourself, and bring positive change to people and communities in need; whether that's through teaching surfing, skating, or simply handing out food. Surfing The Nations had the privilege of welcoming Leah Jefferson (far right in photo) from Birmingham, England to the internship this ...

A Win For Deaf Surfers

On the first week of February, 2013, deaf surfers from all over the world met at Ma'ili Point for the HSA Deaf Surfers World Championship. It was amazing to see this global community unite in the water, but we were there to see one man in particular: Ido Dar-El. When I first met Ido two years ago, it was a cold evening in Tel Aviv. We were standing across the street from the Mediterranean and he was offering us sahlab, a warm, creamy drink found in the Middle East. Surfing The Nations had found a kindred spirit in Ido Dar-El: Here was a man who shared our heart to use surfing to “give back” to the communities of the world! When I met him again, ...

Weekend Jam Returns: Tokyo Sunrise by LP

I haphazardly stumbled across this song on a Spotify playlist this past week, completely unprepared for what I was about to hear. It hit my ears with a surprise force that made me want to run and hide underneath a bed, and then at the next second, crawl back out and get as close as possible to it, drenched in curiosity. The song: Tokyo Sunrise by LP and her amazing band. LP, born Laura Pergolizzi, is a native New Yorker. She got her start with the band 'Lionfish' and since the early 200os has been producing and performing her own work, as well as writing for other artists. It is surprising to see that her resume includes writing songs for well-known ...

STN in the Middle East!

2013 has just begun, but the 2012 Middle East trip is still fresh on our hearts and minds. Take a peek into what the trip was like from our very own staff member and middle east traveler, Gisele Pitot: Surfing The Nations’ Middle East outreach for 2012 was a blast! The team returned just before Christmas and we were spoiled with  adventure in Egypt and Israel. Six of us from three continents met up in Cairo and spent a week taking in the chaos, sounds of revolution, camel rides, pyramids and – most importantly – the friendship of our Egyptian friends.We were really blessed to have insight to the state of things in Egypt by being invited ...

Get On Board With Surfing in Bangladesh!

Zach Trein, a native Floridian and avid surfer, joined Surfing The Nations almost three  years ago as a full time staff member. Zach's primary goal was to go to Bangladesh and develop the surf culture.  By providing the education and tools needed for the locals to produce and maintain their own boards, Zach has been doing just that. Here, he shares his account of the first time he heard about Bangladesh and the progress he's seen since arriving in the seaside town of Cox's Bazar. Enjoy!  "Surfing has taken root in Bangladesh. Jafar Alam, the country’s first surfer, is a national celebrity whose days are packed teaching  and promoting ...

The Grommom

Some blogs – admittedly – can make us feel less than thrilled with our own lives: all that we see featured is the best of the best, the good times, the perfect images, the things to be proud of. If anyone has a unique and blog-worthy life, it’s The Grommom's Monica Swanson. Living on the North Shore of Oahu, Monica blogs about her life as she raises and home schools four energetic board-riding boys. You can imagine that she has a lot to blog about on any given day, and Monica could easily make her life look perfect, but she chooses to write with a fresh transparency that lets us glance into both the beauty and the struggles of her life. The ...