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Happy Birthday Cindy

Cindy Bauer is so much more than a boss, an executive director, co-founder or any other official title she owns at STN - she is an inspirational teacher, patient counsellor and motivational mother-figure to so many who have passed through here. In her “extended” 25 years of life, Cindy has been an example to hundreds, if not thousands, of young adults who strive to live a life of character, not comfort ;), and significance. Her aroma and wisdom echo in our memory banks long after we leave her presence! Cindy, thank you for always having your door open, heart wide and soft, ready to cry with us (or just all on your own!) and laugh with us. On ...

Freedom Surf Camp 2016!

Today's blog comes to you from our Surf Division Director, Lara Hamilton! Read more on why she loves sharing her stoke for the sport of surfing at our annual Freedom Surf Camp. I remember driving past Waimea Bay the first time I volunteered with Surfing The Nations, back in May 2014. I was reflecting on how the ocean and surfing had impacted my life, helped me to deal with my feelings and struggles, and how much confidence and freedom I received from being in the water. I remember dreaming of how cool it would be to have a Surf Camp for the youth of Oahu, especially the kids in our Ulu Pono program here in Wahiawa. Fast forward 6 ...

A Hui Hou, Julie!

Today's post is in honor of long-time staff member Julie Iannarone, who has just closed out her last week on staff with STN. Her former fellow intern, Gisele McDaniel, caught up with her before she stepped out of the building. One of the unique and special aspects about living at Surfing The Nations is the constant ebb and flow of incredible people passing through. Some stay for a month, some do a three-month internship, others commit to 15 months on staff - and some stay longer, waaay longer! Julie Nelson came to STN in the fall of 2010 as a scrappy, Duck-loving Oregoneon, and leaves us this week as Julie Iannarone: a tender, feisty STN ...

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 ...