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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 ...

Looking Back to Sri ’16

Today we get behind the lens with David Vincent, former STN Intern and Service Teamer, and the talent behind STN’s newest Sri Lanka video. David was part of the outreach in 2016 and captured some of the soul of this vibrant nation in his video. We caught up with him, nearly one year later, to hear about his thoughts on his highs and lows of the trip. But first! The video! What were some of your first impressions of Sri Lanka? My first thought is: “Wow, it's hot here. Let's get to the ocean.” Oh man! It was rough. After almost a full day of flying, we got in late at night and drove for around 6 or 7 hours to get to Arugam Bay. So we ...

Overcoming Fears in the Blue

Today's post comes from Surfers Leadership School Director and waterman, Robert McDaniel. Robert has been on staff with Surfing The Nations since 2007 (ten years!) and traveled on every single international trip STN offers! He's been part of every local outreach and pretty much every department at STN, and has been training new generations of our staff members for a few years. Here he writes about some of his experiences at sea and just how profound an impact the SALT trip has on young lives. My dad, a US naval veteran, once told me: “Under the right conditions, even the most seasoned sailor can get seasick.”  Since most of us at STN aren’t ...

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 ...

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 ...