14 results for author: Dakotah Gostynski


BRAC Chicken 1st National Surfing Tournament!

This year marked Surfing The Nations tenth year of traveling to Bangladesh! Since 2005 this trip has been made annually, and anyone who has been a part of it would be quick to tell you that there is always a new surfing adventure awaiting in Bangladesh. This trip was no exception; not only was it our ten-year anniversary, but it also marked the nation’s first surf contest planned by the newly-formed Bangladesh Surfing Association (BSA), and sponsored by BRAC Chicken.Held in Cox’s Bazar on April 27th and 28th, the “BRAC Chicken 1st National Surfing Tournament” was full of great waves, sunshine, and excellent surfers. We were privileged to ...

Bangladesh: 10th Anniversary Trip!

Surfing The Nations is celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary with Bangladesh (que confetti and Bollywood music)! A team of 24 smiling faces will be leaving on April 8th to love this beautiful country and surf its waves. After arriving in the capital city of Dhaka, the team will make it’s way to the coastal city of Cox Bazar via 16 hour, wild bus ride. Once in Cox Bazar, the team will host a surf contest as well as a variety of outreaches in surrounding villages. A lot of planning has gone into making this year’s trip EXTRA special. It could not have been done without the generosity of the individuals and corporate sponsors who have donated ...

The 12×12 Initiative

"Stories Matter. People Matter." The 12x12 Initiative is a project developed by three friends who are making their way across the continental U.S. to “visit, observe, serve, and help” 12 organizations in 12 weeks. With the goal of giving a voice to these organizations, they will be using the power of film and photography to tell the stories of the people they meet. Head Videographer, Logan Jacobs, shares, “There's so much power in stories and speaking them out and that's our goal. To tell the stories that haven't been heard.” Their heart and vision for this project is to see individuals get involved in their own communities through ...

Alumni Wave – “Where Are They Now?”

Get your boards ready, the Alumni Wave is rolling in! This month we are bringing to you a travel-savvy South American who’s living up her dreams around the world! Meet (or remember!) Belen Del Canto. Originally from Santiago, Chile, Belen was with Surfing The Nations for four years (2007-2011), holding a couple different positions during her time. Some of you Alumni might remember her as Cindy’s assistant, or you probably saw her cruising with international department! Today, Belen currently resides in Ft. Lauderdale and works (and travels the world I might add) as a flight attendant! “I enjoyed my time in Hawaii and I miss it everyday, ...

Flavor of Internship

Every three months, young adults from all over the globe arrive for a healthy dose of adventure, outreach, and hearty character development! Everyone who comes brings their own personality and flavor that complements the experience. During this time, you’re going to be living with quite a few people from a MULTITUDE of cultures. Living ‘dorm style’ can seem a bit hectic when you don’t give yourself alone time. “The biggest difference between here and home is that I live with seven others guys and there are always people around. I strive to stay positive and happy, and hopefully it’s affecting the people around me!” says Ludwig ...

On The Other Side of Go

Pay close attention all you world travelers and Bollywood fanatics, today we’re giving you the inside scoop on one of our favorite cities, Cox’s Bazar! Known for it’s 125 km (78 mi) long beach (the LONGEST sand beach in the world), Cox’s Bazar is located in the south of Bangladesh and is home to some of the first surfers on the coast. Now jump in your rickshaws and scroll along as we give you some local insight of this seaside town. Trip Advisor: STN Staff Member, Zach Trein For more information on our upcoming trip to Bangladesh, click here! Trip dates: April 8 - May 2. (Additional Photo Credit: Ramjan Mia, Erica Kohl, ...

Staff of the Year 2014!

One staff member at Surfing The Nations has gone above and beyond. Not only did he manage working in the Accounting Department AND Surf Outreach Department, but he also participated in two International Trips along with helping to lead our Summer Challenge program. Above all, he performed with a stellar attitude and a strong character. Lucky for him, STN recognizes hard work and commitment. We present to you Ryley Snyder as 2014 Staff of the Year!     Taken back by this award, Ryley explains, “I’m definitely super humbled because of the caliber of people I work with, and thankful for the honor from everyone as well as ...

Home for the Holidays?

Christmas is a holiday marked with a plethora of traditions. From opening all of your presents on Christmas eve to eating Christmas brunch instead of having a large dinner, the holiday is celebrated with customs unique to each family and individual. To get a taste of this variety, we asked a couple of our staff what their plans were this holiday season, along with a tradition. Heading home for the holidays, Camie Abernathy of Paso Robles, CA, shares, "I am looking forward to being home and sitting by the fire. My immediate family meets up with the community of friends I grew up with (about 5 families in total) and we get ridiculous hats and musical ...

STN takes Billabong Pipe Masters!

Today's blog is coming from Surf Team Representative, Dylan Owney! Surfing The Nations has been given the opportunity to be a part of the Billabong Pipe Masters this year! This contest is the biggest surf event of the year and it is happening right now on the North Shore of Oahu with a waiting period between December 8th-20th. The Billabong Pipe Masters is the most anticipated surf event of the year where 32 of the world’s top surfers compete at the most prestigious wave in the world, Banzai Pipeline. Surfing The Nations is partnering with Kaiser Permanente during this event, where we will be handing out sunscreen, beach balls, entering people ...

2014 Going Big Highlights

2014 was the year we decided to "Go Big", and here's some highlights of how we achieved that!