A refreshing journey to Waipio Valley

Hawaiian-island hopping is one of our favorite ways to travel... especially when its for our internship programs "Inter-island outreach". Read about this summers trip to the Big Island, written by internship staff member, Sofie Gustavsson! Leaving the lava fields of Kona behind, the greenery of northern Big Island made us all wide eyed and speechless, in awe of the beauty around us. At the top of the Waipio Valley Lookout the excitement was static in the air, backpacks were adjusted, water bottles refilled and polaroids taken before our group of eighteen, ten ...

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Never Lose Your Wonder…

Indonesia, is a rare and beautiful place. Many flock to it in search of perfect waves, serenity or beauty. But for the Braica brothers, their journey with STN through the islands of Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Gili Air and Nusa Lembongan led to unforgettable adventures and personal transformations sure to last beyond the mere three-week trip. Read how below!  By: Matthew Braica, STN Staff   September 17, 2002 was a day that the pages of history will certainly hold most dear, the day my baby brother, Connor, was born. My mind refuses to let go of the day my mom ...

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Mahalo!

We may only be halfway through 2015, but it has already marked some great milestones for Surfing The Nations. (See below!) We could not have done this alone though! Many have supported STN with their time, finances, skills, services and donations.   Mahalo to all who have brought us closer to our dreams! Amy Webb // Over three years of countless hours of service Artisan Construction // STN financial supporter; Donated enormous portions of labor toward the construction of the COTC, while charging little to no overhead cost! Chaminade University ...

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Alumni Wave: Where Are They Now?

For this month’s Alumni Wave, we are featuring a lovely lady from S W E D E N: Anna Strandberg. Keep reading to see how this former STN Staff member is doing now, and what she’s doing to pursue her dreams! Anna Strandberg first came to Surfing The Nations in January of 2011, and - although her intentions were to stay for a 3 month internship program - Anna ended up staying for over a year, making the move back to Sweden not until April of 2012. During her stay, Anna worked hard to improve the internship program as the Internship Coordinator. “It was amazing to meet ...

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June Staff of the Month…

June has come and passed, and we are STOKED to announce the staff of the month: Andrew Steele! Andrew has been with us on staff at Surfing The Nations for almost a year, and is a hard working 24 year old who loves engineering, surfing, and giving back to his community - wherever he is! Andrew first came out to Surfing The Nations in 2013 for the internship program, and his heart fell in love with Wahiawa in those 3 months. After Internship graduation, he moved back to his hometown, Raleigh, in North Carolina, where he finished school and worked for a construction ...

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COTC: July Update!

The construction of our new Community Outreach and Training Center is moving forward at a steady pace. All the metal framing for the walls on both floors are up and its finally starting to look like a building! The next step in the construction will be putting in walls to cover the framing. After that, adding on the roof will be the final exterior touch. Our goal is to have the exterior finalized by the end of the summer and we are confident that - with your help - we can reach that goal! To find out more about the COTC or if you would like to be involved in any way, ...

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Summer Challenge: A Photo Blog

The first semester of Summer Challenge 2015 has come to a close, but the memories collected throughout this program will last a lifetime. Picking up a suitcase, boarding a plane, and experiencing Hawaii for a month might be an intimidating thing to imagine, but Summer Challengers are what some might call 'free spirited'. Hawaii is a place of exciting unknowns; there are few things more enchanting to us than wandering through the jungle, discovering new and untouched waterfalls. Every day is a new adventure, and every sunset is worth watching. We believe coffee was ...

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Eric Arakawa Design

If you are into the surfing world - specifically the surfboard shaping world - “Eric Arakawa” is a name that probably rings a bell. An excellent surfer and world-renown shaper, Eric Arakawa shapes boards for all levels of surfers, all over the world. Growing up on the North Shore of Oahu, Eric started surfing at a young age, and very quickly became interested in shaping; at just 14 years old, he shaped his first board! Now, over 50 years later, Eric’s boards have been ridden to victory in countless Triple Crowns as well as WCT and WQS events worldwide, including ...

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Groundswell Giveaway!

As you may already know, June 20th is International Surfing Day, and all of us at Surfing The Nations are getting stoked to shred. We want YOU to get excited too, which is why we’re partnering with the organization, “Groundswell”, for an Instagram Givaway! To enter, all you need to do is post a picture on Instagram before June 20 of how you give back to your community, tag and follow both @surfingthenations and @groundswellsupply, and hashtag #SurfersGivingBack. Thats all you need to do for a chance to win an awesome prize - we can’t wait to see your photos! If ...

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GO International!

Surfing The Nations - our name says it all. Read on to see why we go to the nations, which nations we're going to next - and how you can get involved! We go out to the nations not only with the purpose of experiencing surf in different countries, but to truly bring the heart of surfing to their cultures as well. By simply using this sport, we are able to break down cultural barriers, build relationships, and be a catalyst for change; through all of this, we have been able to open doors which allow us to meet needs all around the world. Aren't a surfer? ...

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