7 results for month: 04/2013


STN Down Under!

Today's post is from one of our internship staff members, Andy Keefe. Andy, a native Aussie just spent some time in his home country, promoting STN and connecting and encouraging people whenever possible. We are stoked to have some more Aussies (and kiwis!) at STN in the near future!  "This last month I have been so privileged to be part of the very first Australia promotional and recruiting trip with Surfing the Nations, nd to put it in so many words, I was frothing!!!!  Accompanying me for various parts along the way were Chris Rehrer and Australia’s very own Ame Schadel. Throughout this time, we were fortunate enough to meet so many amazing ...

Update From Bangladesh!

Today's post is from our Bangladesh team member, Taylor Jones. Taylor just graduated the internship mid-April and after a few short days, took off for Bangladesh. She sent us a little update on what's been going on the first few days of being there. Next up, they'll be getting ready for the annual Aloha Surf Contest!  Enjoy, and check back for more updates from the team! "Well, where do I even begin! It sure was a long forty hours of traveling to Bangladesh. We had three flights, a few long layovers, and a crazy bumpy bus ride that I will never forget. We arrived in Dhaka with twenty-one suitcases, nine surfboard bags, and each of our two carry on ...

The Vintage

  The town of Wahiawa has welcomed a new addition to its local business family and the irony is that this "new kid on the block" isn't really "new" at all. On March 30th, The Vintage, a vintage clothing and antique shop, opened in a former liquor market, which used to be sandwiched between a strip club and a 24-hour porn shop.With the purchase of these properties by Surfing The Nations, the strip club, 24 hour porn shop and the liquor market were all turned into family minded businesses. The Vintage is the latest addition to this street transformation. The Vintage has been carefully crafted by Swedish sisters in-law, Beatrice and Elin ...

The Graduates!

This past week was a busy and bittersweet one, as we said our congratulations and goodbyes to some of our Ohana. This week was the graduation of our 10 Surfers Leadership School students and our twenty-nine interns. It was an exciting time for the students to reflect back on the three months of their time in Hawaii and celebrate their accomplishments. For the interns, that meant reading books, passing tests, and working hard in several different departments at STN, including Waianae surf and swim and Feeding the Hungry. Many of them are going back to different corners of the world: Sweden, Canada and all over the United States. The SLS students ...

SLS Big Adventure: Waimanu Valley

When it comes to adventure, Surfers Leadership School does not mess around. Surfers Leadership School (SLS) takes place during a staff member's first three months of  being on staff. Among reading books, writing papers on leadership, leading group lessons and apprenticing in a department, the 'crown' of the three month training is the Big Adventure. For eight days, SLS students strap on 50-70 pound packs and hike into the Waimanu Valley of Big Island.  There in the wilderness, they set up camp right next to a black sand beach and forage for food from the earth and sea. Hiking to waterfalls for water and keeping track of your water purification ...

Weekend Jam: Field Recordings

A few months ago, I blogged about the Black Cab Sessions: where well known musical artists pile in a black cab and record live while driving through the city.  It was so fun to watch these musicians get into these cramped spaces and belt their hearts out as they moved through the streets.There's something about the unexpected environment that made the music seem that much more special. Now, we bring you a new out-of-the-box recording experience, one with much more space, but just as much randomness! NPR Music has a series called 'Field Recordings', where musical artists do a live recording in a variety of spaces; sometimes literally in a field, ...

An Insider’s Look At Summer Challenge

It's always fun to work in a place with creative and talented people. Today's post is from native Floridian and musical artist, Sheree Pantuso (artist name, Sheree Michele). Sheree is currently on staff here at Surfing The Nations, but she first experienced Surfing the Nations when she came to our one-month summer program, Summer Challenge. The Summer Challenge program is packed with opportunities to give back to the community every week, and go exploring the island the other half of the time! Here she gives us her perspective on her month in Summer Challenge (and while you're at it, give a listen to Sheree's amazing rapping ability on her new EP ...