Community Bliss

There is nothing quite like living at Surfing The Nations, and I think that is what truly makes people fall in love with this place. Yes, living in community is a different experience, but a life at STN is something that I will hold dear to my heart forever. It’s the only place I know where the sound of muffled laughter is a clear invitation to hang out and live life together. Where movie night translates into sprinting to the closest market, grabbing the last carton of chocolate ice cream, and cramming on a couch with nine people. Where accountability begins with ...

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Why It’s Worth It

Contributor: Matthew Braica, Ulu Pono Teens Director "It’s an interesting thing it is, this thing called life. I’ve seen a vast ocean of perspectives on this topic and a ceaseless spinning wheel of theory as how to live it. For some, money and comfort is the way to go. How many things can one acquire? For others, it’s adventure. How many things can one experience? Family, friends, beauty, there are countless things one may deam worthy of using their precious lives in order to pursue. As for myself, I’ve come to the conclusion that my days are only worthy of ...

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10 Days on Molokai

While everyone sees life from their own, unique perspective, it seems that photographers are gifted with an exceptional ability to catch details others cannot. Rachel Bushong, one of our talented interns, traveled with us on outreach to the island of Molokai and managed to capture some dreamy moments along the way in her journals and photos. Escape with us today and see a glimpse of the world through her lens...       10 days on Molokai and these are some snippets I remember: Making home wherever we went, quickly adapting to the nightly campfires ...

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To Surf Camp, From A Mom

Today's heartwarming blog comes from Patti Heath, one of the many amazing parents we had the pleasure of getting to know at our Freedom Surf Camp. We are so thankful for the opportunity to love on families like hers as part of our job description; it is these stories that bring our full-time volunteer staff fresh passion for what we do. Read below to see why! /// Just over a year ago we signed my daughter up for Surf Camp with Surfing The Nations.  Since that enrollment, we have attended a total of 3 surf camp sessions!  It’s safe to say that our experience ...

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Calm Seas and Warm Breezes

"The Sailing Adventure Leadership Training program is more than simply a four word acronym (SALT); it is a life altering experience. Some classes experience 15ft slamming swells and some, like mine, experience calm seas and warm breezes. But both hold the potential to rise up leaders, challenge teams, & remind us all that life spent engaged is richer than life spent chasing what could have been. Boarding this vessel you agree to late nights and early mornings. You agree to any weather, waves, and wind. You are given and most of all you agree to unplug from "the ...

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A Brothel Redeemed

Every day, our property sings of restoration and transformation. Hammers strike nails, drills spin with excitement, and the local radio redundantly blares “Hello” by Adele. Laughter and conversation echo from the construction site as the workers tackle their daily tasks. It’s absolutely crazy to ponder the fact that where there was once a brothel, a Community Outreach and Training Center stands in it’s place. Let that marinate in your mind for a second. A brothel, a place infected with darkness, hurt, and despair is now a place where dreams are to be ignited and ...

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Freedom Surf Camp: March 17 – 19th 2016

Camp is FULL. Click here to apply to be on our waiting list. /// Surfing The Nations 3rd 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  | Thursday March 17th - Saturday March 19th   It’s time for the third bi-annual Freedom Surf Camp! During spring break March 17th-19th, Surfing The Nations will once again be hosting the Freedom Surf Camp at Ali’i Beach Park in Haleiwa. It will be three days filled with surf, crafts, friends, and fun games. The kids will ...

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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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