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The Beauty of Complete Presence

There is something so special about Sri Lanka. The joyous laughter is almost as thick as the humidity, the call to prayer boldly echoes through the cement homes, and each village’s mosque seems to harmonize with one another. When walking through the villages, it’s difficult to not see someone sitting outside, smiling, and saying hello. When a tourist passes by a child, he or she is greeted with a smile and a thick accented, “Hello, how are you, I’m fine!” If he or she replies warmly, there is a high chance of receiving an invitation to enjoy some tea and some cookies in their home, implying the greater opportunity to make a friend for life. ...

My Summer Challenge

Written by: Danica Doston, Summer Challenge 2016 Summer Challenge can be summed up in three words: community, character, and service. I found this organization online, booked a flight and crossed my fingers that the next month would be filled with surfing and serving the locals. We did both of those things, but it was so much more than that. Summer Challenge was the highlight of my summer. First off the community at STN is something that I have never experienced before. If you are looking for authentic, genuine people that live life to the fullest, than look no further. The communal living forced me to make friends with people that  I would not ...

Seeking Community In Bangladesh

"When we flew over Dhaka, a city so dense that it reminded me of a life-size version of Legoland, a tingling in my heart started. Here I was, six thousand miles from home, about to step off the plane, knowing what to expect but also completely unaware of what would happen over the next three weeks. Even amidst the daunting population of people, overwhelming poverty, and intense smells and loud sounds, it's the people and the relationships I had formed last year that were making my palms sweat and my heart pound with excitement. Bangladesh will forever have a piece of my heart. Maybe it's because they think I'm a local, maybe it’s because of the my ...

Why It’s Worth It

Contributor: Matthew Braica, Ulu Pono Teens Director "It’s an interesting thing it is, this thing called life. I’ve seen a vast ocean of perspectives on this topic and a ceaseless spinning wheel of theory as how to live it. For some, money and comfort is the way to go. How many things can one acquire? For others, it’s adventure. How many things can one experience? Family, friends, beauty, there are countless things one may deam worthy of using their precious lives in order to pursue. As for myself, I’ve come to the conclusion that my days are only worthy of being invested in the lives of others for the true benefit of others. During ...

10 Days on Molokai

While everyone sees life from their own, unique perspective, it seems that photographers are gifted with an exceptional ability to catch details others cannot. Rachel Bushong, one of our talented interns, traveled with us on outreach to the island of Molokai and managed to capture some dreamy moments along the way in her journals and photos. Escape with us today and see a glimpse of the world through her lens...       10 days on Molokai and these are some snippets I remember: Making home wherever we went, quickly adapting to the nightly campfires and the sandy feet and salty hair tangled in sleeping bags. Waking up in ...

To Surf Camp, From A Mom

Today's heartwarming blog comes from Patti Heath, one of the many amazing parents we had the pleasure of getting to know at our Freedom Surf Camp. We are so thankful for the opportunity to love on families like hers as part of our job description; it is these stories that bring our full-time volunteer staff fresh passion for what we do. Read below to see why! /// Just over a year ago we signed my daughter up for Surf Camp with Surfing The Nations.  Since that enrollment, we have attended a total of 3 surf camp sessions!  It’s safe to say that our experience with STN's camps have been downright amazing because we just keep coming back for ...

Freedom Surf Camp: March 17 – 19th 2016

Camp is FULL. Click here to apply to be on our waiting list. /// Surfing The Nations 3rd Bi-Annual Freedom Surf Camp "To empower & equip the youth of Oahu to be a community of Surfers Giving Back.” Ages 5-15  |  Ali’i Beach Park  | Thursday March 17th - Saturday March 19th   It’s time for the third bi-annual Freedom Surf Camp! During spring break March 17th-19th, Surfing The Nations will once again be hosting the Freedom Surf Camp at Ali’i Beach Park in Haleiwa. It will be three days filled with surf, crafts, friends, and fun games. The kids will learn about ocean safety, swim, surf and what it means to be a "Surfer Giving ...

The True Island Experience

Today's blog is brought to you by an STN intern, Chloe Purpero, from North Carolina. Upon arriving in January, she shares a glimpse of her experience from working and serving at Surfing The Nations.    Since coming to Hawaii with Surfing the Nations, my perspective of the island has been completely shaken. Each day, my heart has been broken for something I have seen or by something that I have learned. Perhaps the splendor of the island masks and overshadows the true brokenness that people endure in Hawaii every day. The biggest blessing since being here has been working with the kid’s program Ulu Pono. Last week, we were able to ...

Sweden Ohana Night

This December, Stefan and Christy Eriksson, directors of STN Sweden, hosted an amazing Ohana Night Fika in Flora, Sweden! The evening was full of laughter, memories, dreams and plans for the future. We were thrilled to see the growth of STN Sweden and loved reconnecting with STN Hawaii alumni, new and old. From starting families to offering assistance to refugees in Sweden, we could not be more proud of all vast ways that our Swedish Ohana are impacting their communities in Sweden. Thank you to all who were able to be a part of this special evening!       

Make a Difference with Your Year-End Giving!

           Mele Kalikimaka to our friends and supporters, Every year, Surfing The Nations makes bigger goals, takes greater risks and meets heavier needs in the great adventure of transforming the city of Wahiawa and countless lives locally and in locations around the world. However, each mile of our journey is made up of many small, committed steps. As STN has continued to cover more ground, we have seen hope rise up in forgotten communities and light invade into dark and gnarly areas around the globe. In this season of giving and preparation for the new year, we invite you to be a part of the impact! Locally, STN has invested in and pursued ...