The Beauty of Complete Presence

There is something so special about Sri Lanka. The joyous laughter is almost as thick as the humidity, the call to prayer boldly echoes through the cement homes, and each village’s mosque seems to harmonize with one another. When walking through the villages, it’s difficult to not see someone sitting outside, smiling, and saying hello. When a tourist passes by a child, he or she is greeted with a smile and a thick accented, “Hello, how are you, I’m fine!” If he or she replies warmly, there is a high chance of receiving an invitation to enjoy some tea and some ...

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My Summer Challenge

Written by: Danica Doston, Summer Challenge 2016 Summer Challenge can be summed up in three words: community, character, and service. I found this organization online, booked a flight and crossed my fingers that the next month would be filled with surfing and serving the locals. We did both of those things, but it was so much more than that. Summer Challenge was the highlight of my summer. First off the community at STN is something that I have never experienced before. If you are looking for authentic, genuine people that live life to the fullest, than look no ...

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Road Tripping Through Australia

When years are spent dreaming about traveling to a new place, there is a strange mix of emotions that occurs when one finally arrives at said location. The excitement of being in a new place combined with the wonder of the unknown and a hand full of hopeful expectations is usually the trio responsible for the lovely endorphin rush a traveller experiences as he or she walks down the terminal. After leaving baggage claim and taking in that first breath of “fresh” air (usually a combination of car exhaust and jet fumes), he or she realizes it’s time to test whether ...

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Seeking Community In Bangladesh

"When we flew over Dhaka, a city so dense that it reminded me of a life-size version of Legoland, a tingling in my heart started. Here I was, six thousand miles from home, about to step off the plane, knowing what to expect but also completely unaware of what would happen over the next three weeks. Even amidst the daunting population of people, overwhelming poverty, and intense smells and loud sounds, it's the people and the relationships I had formed last year that were making my palms sweat and my heart pound with excitement. Bangladesh will forever have a piece of my ...

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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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