18 results for author: Danielle Posthuma


STN Stories: Jamielynn

“Confident.” “Sporty.” “An awesome sister!” “Really funny.” “She always spices things up.” “Full of life.” Jamie Lynn. The name itself brings me so much joy. I can’t help but let out a laugh and paint a smile across my face. When I asked people to describe her in one adjective, they couldn’t help but do the same. Through a wide smile and laughter, volunteers at Surfing the Nations spit out adjectives such as “confident,” “full of life”, “sporty,” “witty”, “compassionate,” and “hilarious.” We could go on and attempt to list off adjectives that perfectly convey this perfect addition ...

Mahalo, Friends of Hawaii Charities!

The Hawaiian Islands encompass some of the most beautiful places on earth, and so it makes sense that, to most, Hawaii is widely portrayed as a perfect oasis. But those of us that call Hawaii home know that there is a whole other side to this tropical paradise: a side of homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, and many other recurring issues. Fortunately, there has been a raised awareness locally around these issues and as a result Hawaiian non-profits dedicated resolve these needs have been on the rise. We are excited to highlight one charity in particular because not only have they substancially helped Surfing The Nations, but countless other organi...

Alumni Wave: Where Are They Now?

For this month’s Alumni Wave, we are featuring a lovely lady from S W E D E N: Anna Strandberg. Keep reading to see how this former STN Staff member is doing now, and what she’s doing to pursue her dreams! Anna Strandberg first came to Surfing The Nations in January of 2011, and - although her intentions were to stay for a 3 month internship program - Anna ended up staying for over a year, making the move back to Sweden not until April of 2012. During her stay, Anna worked hard to improve the internship program as the Internship Coordinator. “It was amazing to meet people from all over the world, and watch them learn to give back to their ...

June Staff of the Month…

June has come and passed, and we are STOKED to announce the staff of the month: Andrew Steele! Andrew has been with us on staff at Surfing The Nations for almost a year, and is a hard working 24 year old who loves engineering, surfing, and giving back to his community - wherever he is! Andrew first came out to Surfing The Nations in 2013 for the internship program, and his heart fell in love with Wahiawa in those 3 months. After Internship graduation, he moved back to his hometown, Raleigh, in North Carolina, where he finished school and worked for a construction engineering company for a year. But Surfing The Nations was still on his mind, and ...

Summer Challenge: A Photo Blog

The first semester of Summer Challenge 2015 has come to a close, but the memories collected throughout this program will last a lifetime. Picking up a suitcase, boarding a plane, and experiencing Hawaii for a month might be an intimidating thing to imagine, but Summer Challengers are what some might call 'free spirited'. Hawaii is a place of exciting unknowns; there are few things more enchanting to us than wandering through the jungle, discovering new and untouched waterfalls. Every day is a new adventure, and every sunset is worth watching. We believe coffee was designed for drinking on the beach with friends, and that each wave that rolls in is ...

Groundswell Giveaway!

As you may already know, June 20th is International Surfing Day, and all of us at Surfing The Nations are getting stoked to shred. We want YOU to get excited too, which is why we’re partnering with the organization, “Groundswell”, for an Instagram Givaway! To enter, all you need to do is post a picture on Instagram before June 20 of how you give back to your community, tag and follow both @surfingthenations and @groundswellsupply, and hashtag #SurfersGivingBack. Thats all you need to do for a chance to win an awesome prize - we can’t wait to see your photos! If you’ve never heard of Groundswell and curious as to what this organization is ...

GO International!

Surfing The Nations - our name says it all. Read on to see why we go to the nations, which nations we're going to next - and how you can get involved! We go out to the nations not only with the purpose of experiencing surf in different countries, but to truly bring the heart of surfing to their cultures as well. By simply using this sport, we are able to break down cultural barriers, build relationships, and be a catalyst for change; through all of this, we have been able to open doors which allow us to meet needs all around the world. Aren't a surfer? Don't worry! These trips aren't exclusive to those who can surf; going internati...

Thank you, Whole Foods!

We can feel the excitement increasing for the Community Outreach Training Center, and the anticipation builds with each donation that comes in! We want to thank all of you who have financially partnered with us for the construction of the COTC; we still have a long way to go, but we couldn’t have gotten this far without your help. This week we would love to give a special shout out to one of our supporters: Whole Foods in Kahala! Whole Foods has been extremely generous to us and has played a huge part in helping this building progress. But what a lot of you probably don't know is that their generosity towards Surfing The Nations didn’t start ...

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 ...

April Staff Of The Month…

In 2012, one lovely lady moved all the way from the Tibro, Sweden to Wahiawa, Hawaii. She arrived with the intention of staying for 3 months, but little did she know what was in store! Two years later, having completed both the Internship Program and the Surfers Leadership School, she now serves on staff as the Campus Life Coordinator, along with working as a barista at our Surfers Coffee Bar. Can you guess who this may be?? Drum roll….. N A T A L I E   J O H A N S S O N ! Natalie’s first encounter with Surfing The Nations was when she visited her friends that were doing an internship here; it was during that trip that she realized she ...