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Surf Art and the Surfer 2015

Take a moment to think of that place you go to be inspired... where the creative atmosphere gets the imaginative juices flowing. Do you have it? I think you know the place; the writers have their coffee shops, romantics have that prime spot for every sunset, children look up to the sky where the clouds come alive, and surfers have their favorite break where they wait on their boards, anticipating that perfect wave. Here’s another question: where do you go to inspire others? For a moment let’s make an assumption: we all want to inspire others, or leave our mark on the world. So where do you go? Here is a new idea to consider adding to your list: ...

Freedom Surf Camp

Surfing The Nations 2nd 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  | Saturday November 21st - Sunday 22nd --CLICK HERE TO APPLY!-- What does it mean to be a surfer giving back? To us, it means being a well rounded individual who takes the needs of others into consideration and does whatever it takes to meet them. We will help nurture this in our students over the course of the two day camp by doing a harbor/beach cleanup, hearing from guest speakers who live a lifestyle of giving back, and practicing kind heartedness and respect ...

Sri Lanka: Girls Make Waves

From August 7 to September 7, 2015, a team from Surfing The Nations travelled to Sri Lanka. Read this first-hand account blog written by STN staff member, Meredith Jones! A team of eight individuals coming together with a mutual hunger for adventure is how this trip began. We really didn’t know what to expect as we headed off to the teardrop of India, Sri Lanka - we just knew our purpose was to be surfers that give back and make a positive impact. Sri Lanka has been voted as one of the best surf spots in southern Asia... so it’s really no surprise that STN has been sending a team to Arugam Bay for the past 11 years. The years of relationships ...

Alumni Wave: Emily Jones

Photo: JusticeRising.com Where Are They Now? After living in South Carolina, England, Hawaii and LA - and having countless international travels in between - it is safe to say that Emily Jones (a.k.a. EmJ) could tell you a few stories from her mere 27 years. From helping to pioneer our Ulu Pono Kids program and working as STN's creative director, EmJ made a major impact during her five years on staff at STN! Unbeknownst to her at the time, each endeavor was a vital piece of the puzzle to help her reach for her ultimate goal: getting to the Congo. A goal that we at STN were excited to support her to chase! This woman filled with ...

Skimming through North Korea

When you daydream about where you would LOVE to travel to... what country comes to mind? For STN staff member Zeke Conner, his answer was far from typical; his thirst for adventure and desire for change took him to a closed nation that most people wouldn't even consider... Click HERE to read an interview by Skim Magazine about how journeying with Surfing The Nations has led Zeke to be the first-ever skim boarder in North Korea!

A refreshing journey to Waipio Valley

Hawaiian-island hopping is one of our favorite ways to travel... especially when its for our internship programs "Inter-island outreach". Read about this summers trip to the Big Island, written by internship staff member, Sofie Gustavsson! Leaving the lava fields of Kona behind, the greenery of northern Big Island made us all wide eyed and speechless, in awe of the beauty around us. At the top of the Waipio Valley Lookout the excitement was static in the air, backpacks were adjusted, water bottles refilled and polaroids taken before our group of eighteen, ten interns, six leaders and two children, began the hike down into the valley of rich ...

Never Lose Your Wonder…

Indonesia, is a rare and beautiful place. Many flock to it in search of perfect waves, serenity or beauty. But for the Braica brothers, their journey with STN through the islands of Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Gili Air and Nusa Lembongan led to unforgettable adventures and personal transformations sure to last beyond the mere three-week trip. Read how below!  By: Matthew Braica, STN Staff   September 17, 2002 was a day that the pages of history will certainly hold most dear, the day my baby brother, Connor, was born. My mind refuses to let go of the day my mom returned home from the hospital with new life in her arms, wrapped in blue, ...

Mahalo!

We may only be halfway through 2015, but it has already marked some great milestones for Surfing The Nations. (See below!) We could not have done this alone though! Many have supported STN with their time, finances, skills, services and donations.   Mahalo to all who have brought us closer to our dreams! Amy Webb // Over three years of countless hours of service Artisan Construction // STN financial supporter; Donated enormous portions of labor toward the construction of the COTC, while charging little to no overhead cost! Chaminade University // Students created our first building designs Christian Academy // STN ...

COTC: July Update!

The construction of our new Community Outreach and Training Center is moving forward at a steady pace. All the metal framing for the walls on both floors are up and its finally starting to look like a building! The next step in the construction will be putting in walls to cover the framing. After that, adding on the roof will be the final exterior touch. Our goal is to have the exterior finalized by the end of the summer and we are confident that - with your help - we can reach that goal! To find out more about the COTC or if you would like to be involved in any way, please email development@surfingthenations.com. Mahalo!

On the Other Side of Go: GOTHENBURG

Since our start in 1997, hundreds of people from all over the world have come through Surfing The Nations to serve and volunteer, some for just a month and others for years! Each person has made a lasting impact and become part of our (constantly growing) STN Ohana.  However, there is one unlikely country you will be guaranteed to find a representative of at any given moment: S W E D E N.  The Swedish "wikings", as we jokingly call them, have introduced many of their fun traditions to our STN community that have now become deeply rooted in our DNA. From afternoon 'fikas' (a sweet treat and a coffee) to butchering every word of their happy ...