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 ...

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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! ...

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Reminiscing On Indonesia

This year will be our 20th year going back to Indonesia. Here is a tiny snippet into the hearts of some of our team members that have gone previously.. Tom Bauer: Founder and President of Surfing The Nations and has been to Indonesia 19 times with STN! What inspired you to made a 20-year commitment to go back to Indonesia annually? My opinion has always been that if you could go to only one place in your lifetime, Indonesia should be that place! It is the second largest surf destination in the world. It has incredible culture, food, shopping, ...

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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 ...

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Volunteer at Surfers Coffee Bar!

Come explore Hawaii, meet rad people and work at the #1 coffee bar on Oahu!   Never worked in a coffee bar before?  No problem, we will train you! Surfers Coffee Bar is a neighborhood collective of unpaid volunteers that exists to bring people together by providing a great atmosphere, amazing music, and coffee of the highest quality. We are surfers committed to giving back as we promote self-expression, sustainability, creativity, innovation, social awareness, peace, love and positive change in our local and global community. Through the loving support of our ...

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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 ...

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The Freedom Surf Camp is Back!

Get stoked mamas and keiki! The preparations for Spring 2017's Freedom Surf Camp have officially begun! This is a very special year for Surfing The Nations as we celebrate our 20th anniversary as an organization, and so we are making this year's camp better than ever. We will be teaching your kids the important motto of “Surfers Giving Back” by learning the importance of enjoying the beach and the ocean in a safe and respectful manner, being an encouraging and loving peer to fellow surfers, and lastly, having fun while learning the sport of surfing. Our volunteers ...

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Celebrating 2016

2016 was an incredible year - Thank you to everyone who has helped make 2016 real, radical, and revolutionary!  Here's a look at the many different ways you helped make a difference through Surfing The Nations this year!

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The Heart Behind Giving Back

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”  CHEE! Christmas is officially around the corner and you all know what that means.  Joy.  Laughter flooding the atmosphere and warm snuggles.  Plentiful amounts of eggnog, the sweet smell of peppermint and colourful stockings hung above blazing fires. You know what the real magic is behind Christmas though? Giving. It’s watching someone's face light up when they receive the perfect gift.  That is the joy behind Christmas.  It’s not about a store bought gift or how many ...

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24 Days Of Giving Back

What a year! We have been amazed by the amount of generosity we have seen from all of our volunteers and supporters. In celebration, we have decided to celebrate with our “24 Days of Giving” campaign. Here at Surfing The Nations, we strongly believe that the Christmas season isn’t about receiving, but giving. Every day now through the 24th of December, check our instagram (@surfingthenations) for either a story of generosity from 2016 or a GIVEAWAY item you can win as our way of saying, “Mahalo!” From handing out over a MILLION tons of food and providing ...

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