6 results for author: Gisele McDaniel


Cheers, Ando!

Surfing The Nations bids farewell to a gem this month! We are so sad to say “see you later” to our beloved graphic designer and Marketing Director, Kirstin “Ando” Anderson - easily the best-dressed individual on STN’s campus at any given moment. :) Since her internship in Summer 2012, Kirstin has gone from a Floridian Sorority Sister to a Hawaiian Free-Spirit. While Kirstin was working on “rebranding” herself, she was a major player in helping STN discover its own branding niche. Nearly everything you’ve seen regarding STN - from flyers, t-shirts, to Instagram and websites (yes plural) - has had her Midas touch.   A ...

In Between Sets

Coffee Date with STN Ever wanted to just sit down with STN and catch up on life? We’re instituting rainy day coffee dates (it’s raining somewhere, right?) around this blog - and we’re calling it In Between Sets. So grab a cup of your fav (I’ll get a chai latte, extra hot please) and let’s see what’s happening this month!   INTERNS are OUT! Can’t believe it’s already that time of the semester - interns leave on their outreach to another island. This semester they split into teams and hit up the extra special island of...drumroll...Maui! They’re in for 10 days of service, adventure, bonding and probably a few s’mor...

Going Deep with the Boys

Since 2017 is Surfing The Nations’ 20-year anniversary, our theme for the year is “Celebrate” and we want to shine the light on some of our newest staff additions, Samuel, Daniel, Kevin, and Chase. We were so stoked on their decision to serve for the next 12 months, after graduation, that we thought we’d pick their brains - why are you here, what’s changed for you and what advice do you have for others. Read on to see what they had to say.   Chase Lorenz (20), DeLand, Florida: Why did you come, and why did you stay? I actually found out about STN through Instagram and have always dreamed of coming to Hawaii ever since I was a ...

Egypt Surf Contest 2016

  After a four year absence, a reunion even with your best friend can be a little nervy, so as our plane touched down in the dusty nation of Egypt we wondered how our old surf friends would react to seeing us again. We spent a few days in Cairo with our team of 20 (21 if you count the baby!) seeing the sights, riding camels around the pyramids, reaching out to the impoverished of Garbage City, and marvelling at this modern city living side by side with echoes, whispers, and shouts of an ancient civilization.   The real fun started when we reached our base - the little beach town of Agami and the surf boys we dearly missed since our ...

Happy Birthday Cindy

Cindy Bauer is so much more than a boss, an executive director, co-founder or any other official title she owns at STN - she is an inspirational teacher, patient counsellor and motivational mother-figure to so many who have passed through here. In her “extended” 25 years of life, Cindy has been an example to hundreds, if not thousands, of young adults who strive to live a life of character, not comfort ;), and significance. Her aroma and wisdom echo in our memory banks long after we leave her presence! Cindy, thank you for always having your door open, heart wide and soft, ready to cry with us (or just all on your own!) and laugh with us. On ...

A Hui Hou, Julie!

Today's post is in honor of long-time staff member Julie Iannarone, who has just closed out her last week on staff with STN. Her former fellow intern, Gisele McDaniel, caught up with her before she stepped out of the building. One of the unique and special aspects about living at Surfing The Nations is the constant ebb and flow of incredible people passing through. Some stay for a month, some do a three-month internship, others commit to 15 months on staff - and some stay longer, waaay longer! Julie Nelson came to STN in the fall of 2010 as a scrappy, Duck-loving Oregoneon, and leaves us this week as Julie Iannarone: a tender, feisty STN ...