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Character 15

While everyone is busy trying to set (and keep) their New Year's resolutions, we want to invite you to join us on ours here at Surfing The Nations! Every year, STN sets a theme to encourage and inspire our "ohana" to raise the bar in how we serve the communities we love here in Hawaii and internationally.  For 2015, we have chosen the simple, yet powerful theme of "Character." Each month we will focus on different character traits and make it our goal to refine these in new ways, both personally and as an organization. See the list below to follow along and be a ...

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On The Other Side of Go

Pay close attention all you world travelers and Bollywood fanatics, today we’re giving you the inside scoop on one of our favorite cities, Cox’s Bazar! Known for it’s 125 km (78 mi) long beach (the LONGEST sand beach in the world), Cox’s Bazar is located in the south of Bangladesh and is home to some of the first surfers on the coast. Now jump in your rickshaws and scroll along as we give you some local insight of this seaside town. Trip Advisor: STN Staff Member, Zach Trein For more information on our upcoming trip to Bangladesh, click here! Trip ...

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Staff of the Year 2014!

One staff member at Surfing The Nations has gone above and beyond. Not only did he manage working in the Accounting Department AND Surf Outreach Department, but he also participated in two International Trips along with helping to lead our Summer Challenge program. Above all, he performed with a stellar attitude and a strong character. Lucky for him, STN recognizes hard work and commitment. We present to you Ryley Snyder as 2014 Staff of the Year!     Taken back by this award, Ryley explains, “I’m definitely super humbled because of the ...

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Alumni Wave

Surfing The Nations introduces the Alumni Wave! Our all-new, interactive newsletter will be launched this month! Ever wanted to know what your old roommates from internship were up to? Wondering how things are going in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh? Hoping those little Ulu Pono kids you poured into are still going strong? We want to help you stay connected to your friends, classmates, and what STN is doing now by sending out regular emails featuring YOU! Look out for the first installment coming soon, and learn about how the old brothel behind the former strip club is ...

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Home for the Holidays?

Christmas is a holiday marked with a plethora of traditions. From opening all of your presents on Christmas eve to eating Christmas brunch instead of having a large dinner, the holiday is celebrated with customs unique to each family and individual. To get a taste of this variety, we asked a couple of our staff what their plans were this holiday season, along with a tradition. Heading home for the holidays, Camie Abernathy of Paso Robles, CA, shares, "I am looking forward to being home and sitting by the fire. My immediate family meets up with the community of friends I ...

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STN takes Billabong Pipe Masters!

Today's blog is coming from Surf Team Representative, Dylan Owney! Surfing The Nations has been given the opportunity to be a part of the Billabong Pipe Masters this year! This contest is the biggest surf event of the year and it is happening right now on the North Shore of Oahu with a waiting period between December 8th-20th. The Billabong Pipe Masters is the most anticipated surf event of the year where 32 of the world’s top surfers compete at the most prestigious wave in the world, Banzai Pipeline. Surfing The Nations is partnering with Kaiser Permanente during this ...

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Surf Art and the Surfer Recap

On the nights of November Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd, we hosted our 2nd Annual Surf Art and the Surfer Art Show. The event was lead and coordinated by our Surfers Leadership School students as a part of their class project. Between both nights, over 350 people attended to see live art and the work of artists such as Paul Forney, Mark Brown, Leanna Duncan-Wolf, and many more. It was quite an extravaganza bringing the art community to Wahiawa. On Friday night, live music was provided by the Ron Artis II band, while Streetlight Cadence performed Saturday evening. ...

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2014 Going Big Highlights

2014 was the year we decided to "Go Big", and here's some highlights of how we achieved that!  

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Year End Giving!

  May 27, 2014 marked a special day for Wahiawa! The former brothel behind the Texas Strip Club - an eyesore and the last remnant of the seedy sex industry in the neighborhood - was torn down for good! In the months following that demolition, we’ve started laying the foundations for what will soon be the Community Outreach and Training Center (COTC).   A building that was a place of torment, fear, and hopelessness, will become a new building of safety, hope, learning, and restoration. The COTC will house a cutting-edge music studio, dance studio, art ...

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