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A Story Of A Radically Impacted Life

The magnanimous Steven Butwell is a former Surfing The Nations staff member who unremittingly served both locally and internationally from September of 2008 until October of 2009. Not only is he an eloquent and captivating writer, but currently resides in southern California impacting countless lives through addiction counseling. We are inordinately grateful for the bountiful ways he has impacted and poured into every individual that he encounters. It is an honor to have him share his awe-inspiring journey. I have heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words. If a picture is worth that many words, what about the memory that it encapsula...

I Came To Serve But Left Forever Changed

With the support and devotion of the Hawaiian Foodbank, Feeding The Hungry is an outreach program that has had a tremendous impact on countless lives for over twenty years. Volunteers that commit to serving every week create an atmosphere where people are able to build relationships and connections that last a lifetime. It's an environment encompassing joy, where encouragement is constantly given. People come to receive food but above all else, they know that it is a place where they are seen, heard, and deeply valued.   Personally, FTH is one of my favorite things to do. Not just out of the things we do with Surfing The Nations, but it is ...

Cheers Sam!

This 25-year-old stud comes to Surfing The Nations all the way from the Land of Fin. He looks like the forever handsome Fabio when he shaves his beard. He turns everything into a challenge and usually wins. He falls asleep during 90% of the movies he watches. He is the hard-working, the adventurous, our 2017 Staff of the Year... Mr. Samuel Snellman Sam is quite the man. He exemplifies selfless service on a day to day basis and is incredibly generous, especially with his time. It is a pleasure to work alongside him and we are so thankful to have him as part of our team. These are just a few of many things his co-workers have to say about his ...

Middle Eastern Adventures

Our stellar team is back from the Middle East and have countless stories of all their impactful experiences. It has been a pleasure to listen intently as they paint a beautiful picture of their journeys and we are excited to also share them with you!   As Told by Kaylen Wray, The goal of this trip for me was to see how Surfing The Nations surf culture influences the surf community in Egypt, specifically the Bianki Melt club. Surfing is the platform that allows us to actually connect with people and it was very obvious that Surfing The Nations has truly impacted the Egyptian surf community and is a huge part of the boys’ lives. The ...

Celebrating 2017!

This past year has been full of thrilling adventures, serving internationally and monumental milestones. We reflect on 2017 with grateful hearts and are in awe of the incredible journey we've experienced as an organization.  

A Letter To The Potential Intern

We ring in the new year with great excitement for all the adventures ahead of us. In just a few weeks we will be welcoming a rad new group for Spring Internship 2018! We are honored to share an excerpt from one of our former interns, Hope Litaker.   As we go through life, we often don’t realize in the moment the events that will shape us as individuals. Many times those precious, defining moments are swept over only to be appreciated in the future, once we have seen the harvest of what was planted earlier in our lives. Participating in the internship program at Surfing the Nations, however, was not a defining moment to be swept over, and ...

Internship Reflections

A quiet calm has settled over the STN base as our last intern has officially left the building. Its a time for reflection and thoughtfulness. A time to rest and gather our resources as staff. But for many interns who've just departed, it's also a time to put into practice all that they have learned. And these three months have been nothing if not a non-stop, adventurous, challenging classroom of lessons in life. How will they choose to live out the things they've learned? It's something we all look forward to with bated breath. And while they figure that out, its also great to hear some of the moments of impact that have challenged them. Today we ...

STN Sweden Base is a Reality!

Aloha! Today's blog is particularly exciting because not only does it announce the official launch of our base in Sweden but it comes from one of our awesome committed volunteers who is part of pioneering the base! Josefine Friberg is a student in our SLS program and upon graduation, she will be relocating back to her home country to make this long-held dream of STN's become a reality! As many know Surfing The Nations has always had deep and strong connections with the beautiful country of Sweden. From the beginning, Swedes have been an integral part of the foundation of the organization. It has been a dream of many for a long time to have an ...

Surf Art & The Surfer is BACK!

Savory aromas dance through the air. People stroll through The Gallery in awe of each art piece that embodies the unique creativity and talent of their creators, each telling their individual story. What is usually just a parking lot has been transformed into an ambient but lively environment.   On November 3rd and 4th, Surfing The Nations will be hosting the 5th annual Surf Art and The Surfer Art Festival.  It is an event that is focused on nurturing the arts and supporting Oahu’s local artists, while celebrating the transformation of lower Wahiawa. On display will be several pieces from incredibly talented artists, unique vendors, ...

I Came for the Food, but Left With Friends

  Today's post comes from the Ulu Pono Division Head, Teka Gabaldon! She has been a long time faithful member of our Outreach Department.  Read on to hear Teka's observations about our weekly food distribution in Kalihi.   As I’ve been helping with Feeding The Hungry (FTH) over the past three years, I’ve observed and gotten to know (some of) the hundreds of aunties and uncles that attend each week. I watch them as they get off the bus, run to the corner and line up waiting to be checked in week after week. The sight is similar each time: the bright orange fencing, ready to be filled with men and women - young and old. I’ve ...