11 results for author: Dakotah Gostynski


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!  

An Easy Way to Give Back!

This holiday season, Walmart is running a Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign to help food pantries across the nation refresh their facilities. The competition is run via social media and the top 75 food pantries with the most votes will receive $20,000. Funds from this campaign would allow us to continue constructing the food pantry in our Community Outreach Training Center, and all it takes is five easy steps! Go to walmart.com/holidaymakeover Scroll down to where it says VOTE TODAY! Type Hawaii in the search bar Click VOTE under Surfing The Nations Share with all your friends and REMEMBER TO VOTE EVERY 24 HOURS! (Voting ends 11:59 pm ...

A Cup of Thanks

In the season of Thanksgiving, it is easy to be captured by the hustle and bustle of getting ready for one family dinner. From finding the perfect Turkey, to racing to get the house cleaned for the relatives, one can easily forget that this is the one time a year set aside to give thanks. Coffee shops are always flooded with busy shoppers and travelers, and what a better place to get people to stop and think? This November, the Surfers Coffee Bar began running the “#30daysofthanks” social media campaign. Pieces of paper with the question “ What are you thankful for?” written on them were distributed Thursday, October 30th. Immediately, ...

The Outreach Training Center Is Being Built!

Earlier this year, we saw the timber fall in phase one of our project to build the Community Outreach and Training Center (COTC). Now we are seeing dreams of having a designated space for our Ulu Pono Kids program come to fruition as the project starts moving forward! One person in particular who is excited about this is Brittany Southwick, the Ulu Pono Kids program Director. She says, “It’s going to be a game changer for the kids in the Ulu Pono program. To have have a place that they can be creative and thrive. I can’t wait to see the growth in this program that can come from finally having a consistent facility.” We are now in phase two! ...