The True Island Experience

Today's blog is brought to you by an STN intern, Chloe Purpero, from North Carolina. Upon arriving in January, she shares a glimpse of her experience from working and serving at Surfing The Nations.    Since coming to Hawaii with Surfing the Nations, my perspective of the island has been completely shaken. Each day, my heart has been broken for something I have seen or by something that I have learned. Perhaps the splendor of the island masks and overshadows the true brokenness that people endure in Hawaii every day. The biggest blessing since being here ...

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Sweden Ohana Night

This December, Stefan and Christy Eriksson, directors of STN Sweden, hosted an amazing Ohana Night Fika in Flora, Sweden! The evening was full of laughter, memories, dreams and plans for the future. We were thrilled to see the growth of STN Sweden and loved reconnecting with STN Hawaii alumni, new and old. From starting families to offering assistance to refugees in Sweden, we could not be more proud of all vast ways that our Swedish Ohana are impacting their communities in Sweden. Thank you to all who were able to be a part of this special evening! ...

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Staff of The Year 2015: Anthony Perez

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” -C.S. Lewis This quote is a simple and perfect summarization of Anthony Perez. His character reflects just this. His love for others is pure, honest, and persistent. Why he was named staff of the year is not a surprise for us at Surfing The Nations. Any staff member would light up from the mention of his name and proudly boast of his humble character, work ethic, and selflessness. His time as director of our Feeding The Hungry program has been revolutionary. When I was asked to write ...

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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 ...

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S. A. L. T.

I want you to close your eyes. Picture the rolling seas running past you and the spray of the ocean quenching your sun stricken face. Imagine witnessing the first initial glimpse of the sun over the Pacific Ocean as flying fish skip across the water. Our 2015 fall Surfers Leadership School Class experienced just this. For five days we embarked on a sailing adventure through the Hawaiian Islands on the “Makani Olu.” We charted the waters, navigated through channels, hoisted halyards, and guided the ship to each destination. A blog filled with detailed stories and ...

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Make a Difference with Your Year-End Giving!

           Mele Kalikimaka to our friends and supporters, Every year, Surfing The Nations makes bigger goals, takes greater risks and meets heavier needs in the great adventure of transforming the city of Wahiawa and countless lives locally and in locations around the world. However, each mile of our journey is made up of many small, committed steps. As STN has continued to cover more ground, we have seen hope rise up in forgotten communities and light invade into dark and gnarly areas around the globe. In this season of giving and preparation for the new year, we ...

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3rd Annual Wahiawa Thanksgiving Dinner!

For 2 years in a row, Surfing The Nations has hosted a fall Thanksgiving event for the community of Wahiawa... and we couldn’t be more excited to host our 3rd! Mark your calenders and spread the word because this is an event that you won’t want to miss out on! This year we are planning to bring the traditions of both the classic American Thanksgiving with that of the local Hawaiian community. Our motto here at STN is “Surfers Giving Back” and there is no better time than Thanksgiving to show our amazing community just how much we love and appreciate them. Our ...

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Surf Art and the Surfer 2015

Take a moment to think of that place you go to be inspired... where the creative atmosphere gets the imaginative juices flowing. Do you have it? I think you know the place; the writers have their coffee shops, romantics have that prime spot for every sunset, children look up to the sky where the clouds come alive, and surfers have their favorite break where they wait on their boards, anticipating that perfect wave. Here’s another question: where do you go to inspire others? For a moment let’s make an assumption: we all want to inspire others, or leave our mark on the ...

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Freedom Surf Camp

Surfing The Nations 2nd Bi Annual Freedom Surf Camp " To empower & equip the youth of Oahu to be a community of Surfers Giving Back."  Ages 5-15  |  Ali'i Beach Park  | Saturday November 21st - Sunday 22nd --CLICK HERE TO APPLY!-- What does it mean to be a surfer giving back? To us, it means being a well rounded individual who takes the needs of others into consideration and does whatever it takes to meet them. We will help nurture this in our students over the course of the two day camp by doing a harbor/beach cleanup, hearing from guest speakers who ...

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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 ...

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