STN Sweden Base is a Reality!

Aloha! Today's blog is particularly exciting because not only does it announce the official launch of our base in Sweden but it comes from one of our awesome committed volunteers who is part of pioneering the base! Josefine Friberg is a student in our SLS program and upon graduation, she will be relocating back to her home country to make this long-held dream of STN's become a reality! As many know Surfing The Nations has always had deep and strong connections with the beautiful country of Sweden. From the beginning, Swedes have been an integral part of the founda...

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Surf Art & The Surfer is BACK!

Savory aromas dance through the air. People stroll through The Gallery in awe of each art piece that embodies the unique creativity and talent of their creators, each telling their individual story. What is usually just a parking lot has been transformed into an ambient but lively environment.   On November 3rd and 4th, Surfing The Nations will be hosting the 5th annual Surf Art and The Surfer Art Festival.  It is an event that is focused on nurturing the arts and supporting Oahu’s local artists, while celebrating the transformation of lower Wahiawa. On ...

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I Came for the Food, but Left With Friends

  Today's post comes from the Ulu Pono Division Head, Teka Gabaldon! She has been a long time faithful member of our Outreach Department.  Read on to hear Teka's observations about our weekly food distribution in Kalihi.   As I’ve been helping with Feeding The Hungry (FTH) over the past three years, I’ve observed and gotten to know (some of) the hundreds of aunties and uncles that attend each week. I watch them as they get off the bus, run to the corner and line up waiting to be checked in week after week. The sight is similar each time: the ...

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In Between Sets – Summer Recap

  Before the (only slightly) cooler days of Fall come upon us here in the islands, we are catching our breath from a whirlwind Summer Semester. It’s had its fair share of highs, very few lows, and has altogether been marked with that special sense that something great is happening in people’s lives.   International Trips We sent around 70 people to Indonesia to celebrate STN’s 20th Annual Trip - can you believe it? Tom Bauer has been on all 20 trips and has literally seen babies grow up into adults. That’s a full generation of locals and ...

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Looking Back to Sri ’16

Today we get behind the lens with David Vincent, former STN Intern and Service Teamer, and the talent behind STN’s newest Sri Lanka video. David was part of the outreach in 2016 and captured some of the soul of this vibrant nation in his video. We caught up with him, nearly one year later, to hear about his thoughts on his highs and lows of the trip. But first! The video! What were some of your first impressions of Sri Lanka? My first thought is: “Wow, it's hot here. Let's get to the ocean.” Oh man! It was rough. After almost a full day of flying, we got ...

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Overcoming Fears in the Blue

Today's post comes from Surfers Leadership School Director and waterman, Robert McDaniel. Robert has been on staff with Surfing The Nations since 2007 (ten years!) and traveled on every single international trip STN offers! He's been part of every local outreach and pretty much every department at STN, and has been training new generations of our staff members for a few years. Here he writes about some of his experiences at sea and just how profound an impact the SALT trip has on young lives. My dad, a US naval veteran, once told me: “Under the right conditions, even ...

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In Between Sets: April 2017

The STN universe cycles through three semesters a year and in between those sets (see what we did there? ;) ) we have what we call “down” months. Our interns have graduated and flown the nest, the SLS students have moved on to full-time staff positions and many of the staff are on outreach in Bangladesh. So what happens around the Hawaii base during that time? Here’s a little peek into April for ya.   Skeleton Crew That’s us! We’re down from the 80+ crew to about 20 staff and service team handling the workload of STN - gettin' it done! Feeding The ...

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Inter-Island Adventures

One of the main highlights of our Internship program is the Inter-Island outreach to one of the neighboring Hawaiian islands. This semester, our interns headed off to Maui and had the time of their lives.  Sit back and relax as Noel, one of our current interns, shares her experience of this trip.   Inter-island was an experience that our entire internship had been anxiously awaiting.  We were split into two separate groups, which allowed us to grow with each other on a deeper level. There was the possibility that each team would venture to different islands. ...

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Wave Chaser

“When you are waiting for a wave your mind can think a thousand different things. when you paddle for a wave your mind thinks of only a few things. when you catch a wave your mind thinks of only one thing, that one thing is joy. This is why I surf.” - Tony Collins, Sports Author I’m often asked why I do what I do.  Why do I spend so much time and energy promoting this idea of “surfers giving back”?  Why chose to work for a non-profit in this season of my life instead of pursuing a career and wealth?  We at STN each have our reasons, but for me, the latest ...

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Bangla Bangla! Plus a giveaway!

Here we are again - the first international outreach trip of the year and it's usually a doozy - Bangladesh! Somehow, this faraway nation of rickshaws, three-pieces, paratha and dhal has captured the imagination of generations of STNers. We don’t usually do this but we are going to do a giveaway at the end of this blog, so keep reading! Before that, though, let’s talk about the stoke around Bangladesh. While the rickshaws and paratha have played their part, there’s a LOT to be said for the sweet friendships and awesome adventure that Bangladesh offers, both of ...

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