109 results for author: Emily Jones


Bangladesh 2014

This Spring, Surfing The Nations embarks on their 10th annual Bangladesh Surfing Adventure, from April 9th until May 3rd. The team will be venturing to the outer island of St. Martin, as well as surfing Cox's Bazar, and holding the annual Freedom Surf Contest, the only surf contest in the country. In keeping with their mission of giving back, the team is collecting surf gear and clothing for the surf club in Cox's Bazar, and also bringing clothing and supplies to the Burmese refugee population. It is incredible to see how the sport has grown since STN first started to go to Bangladesh in 2004, and even more fascinating to see how surfing has ...

We Went To Turkey!

In the end of 2013, STN went on their first 'pioneer' trip to Turkey. Today, staff member Gisele Pitot shares a little about the trip: "When I think of a pioneer I picture a David Livingstone-esque character: grizzly and sweaty, hacking through the jungle with a machete while mosquitos feast on him. I picture safari hats and lot of khaki. But on an STN pioneer trip, things look a little different (although we still had some grizzly men!). Skateboards, stickers, cameras, GPS signals and the odd map were our tools in our very first trip to the Eurasian country of Turkey. We left the American turkeys behind us as we flew out of Hawaii on Thanksgiv...

Adventure With STN In 2014

In the recent film 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty', Walter lives a life of daydreams amidst his grey cubicle. Finally, in dramatic fashion, Walter breaks out of the routine and jumps into a new life of travel and adventure in the unknown. The Christmas Day release of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty was timely, serving as an inspiration for people to follow their dreams in 2014. We've all made resolutions, set goals and entered into a new year, a seemingly emboldened people. This year, we invite you to break out of your comfort zone of what you know, and even further, to break out of the cycle of living for yourself, and give your time to help ...

Relief Update From The Philippines!

Exactly a month ago, we told you about STN Staffer Brendon Johnson and his relief trip to the Philippines. Brendon, who was raised in the Philippines, embarked on December 8th on a four month trip to help those in the country he called home. Most media has quieted down regarding what was called the biggest storm in history. Today on the blog, we have a few stories straight from Brendon that are both reports of brighter days for the Filipinos, and reminders of the hard realities they're still facing. -EJ "Since we arrived in the town of Hernani on the coast of Eastern Samar, a pastor named Sam has been taking us around the town to introduce us to ...

AHC Enables You To Be A Part Of Giving Back

Aloha for Hawaii Charities (AHC) is a unique fundraising opportunity in which charities selected by the Friends Of Hawaii Charities can raise funds through the community’s involvement. Through AHC, Friends Of Hawaii Charities plans to match a portion of individual donations in an amount to be determined by the Friends of Hawaii Charities. The Friends Of Hawaii Charities has played a huge role in the transformation of lower Wahiawa and bringing hope to the neighborhood. Specifically, the grants received from FOHC have helped to start and sustain the Ulu Pono after school program. Through this support, dozens of at-risk youth have received tutoring, ...

STN Staffer Heads To The Philippines!

When you spot Brendon Johnson in the lineup, one of the first things you’ll notice is the 8-rayed Filipino sun tattoo on his upper back.The second thing you might notice is how strange it is that this patriot of the Philippines looks nothing like a Filipino. With blonde hair, blue eyes and standing at over 6 feet tall,you have to wonder what the link is between this american caucasian and a cluster of islands  on the other side of the world. Brendon grew up in Cebu, Philippines as a child of missionary parents. His family provided a learning center to provide educational material, books and tutoring for children in need. After moving to the ...

Sisters In Seoul Raise Funds For STN!

Nine and Sara Chang are Hawaiian-born sisters that are now living in Seoul, South Korea. On a visit to Hawaii, they were introduced to Surfing The Nations, and they were so inspired that they decided to jump on board with fundraising for STN at Seoul Foreign School. It was such a nice surprise to find out that STN had these girls cheering us on from across the world! Sara took some time to tell her and Nina's story of how they got involved with STN and how they used their resources to start something at their school.     ''I first heard about Surfing The Nations when my  Uncle took us to a fundraiser dinner at STN’s headquarters in ...

How A Shoebox Started My Humanitarian Career

Most of my parents' friends were working in foreign countries while I was growing up. When they'd make their occasional visits back to the USA, they would come over and have dinner with us. After dinner, the coffee would be made, the photos would come out, and the stories from far off lands would flow. I'd sit there wide-eyed as they described the adventures of making a foreign place home, learning the culture and loving the people.I remember seeing the photos of families living a very different life than I was. It was in those moments that I was exposed to the reality that there were so many kids my age living in harsh conditions, without any hope of ...

Your Weekend Plans: Surf Art And The Surfer

Tomorrow, November 15th, and Saturday, November 16th, 63 S. Kamehameha Highway will be overrun by artists and musicians, vendors, surfers and surf enthusiasts from all over. STN's 'Surf Art And The Surfer' art show serves to gather the island of Oahu to celebrate the sport of surfing and the people who make it great. In the 30’s and 40’s surfers were viewed as the deadbeats of society who threw off responsibility in exchange for what was deeemed a wasted life. However, today you are just as likely to find a US Senator, a doctor, lawyer, pastor, or any type of businessman in the lineup with groms and surf bums. The sport is now widely enjoyed and ...

What To Buy In The Philippines

The Philippines is famous for its world-class break 'Cloud 9' on Siargao Island, secret surf spots and breathtaking nature. As amazing as the memories and the photos are, when the time comes for you to board that plane back to reality, you'll want to bring back some things to remember your epic surf trip by (and maybe some stuff for those back home that couldn't join in the adventure). Here, I'll show you some non-cheesy souvenirs you can pick up in this amazing country: 1. Sarong- If you travel a lot, you know how valuable it is to have both a versatile item with you that also doesn't take much space in a suitcase! Sarongs are perfect for beach days ...