STN is going to Turkey!

Surfing The Nations will be leaving for the middle eastern country of Turkey this November/December! This pioneer trip is an exciting new step toward bringing the message of "Surfers Giving Back" to the world! Follow us on Instagram (#stngo) and Facebook as we go to Istanbul, Alanya, the Black Sea and beyond.  We will be surfing the Mediterranean and the Black Sea,visiting orphanages and surf clubs, seeing the Hagia Sophia, the Blue mosque and exploring one of the largest indoor bazaars, the Grand Bazaar. As the pioneer team goes, we will see how we can meet needs, ...

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STN Named Outstanding Advocate For Children And Youth

Yesterday, Surfing The Nations was honored to be named as an Outstanding Advocate For Children and Youth in the state of Hawaii. Governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii State Representatives honored several other individuals and organizations as a part of Children and Youth Day, and Children and Youth Month. We are humbled and stoked to be a part of bringing hope to the next generation of Hawaii!          

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We’re Going Back To Cali

 It’s time for STN to get back on the road for the 2013 California recruiting trip! This year, you’ll get the opportunity to meet and hang out with some amazing people: The legend himself, Tom Bauer, founder of STN,  Zach Ifland who is our Director of Operations, and his wife Charis Ifland, Director of Business Operations.  Joining them are our Oregon-ians, Julie Nelson, the head of STN’s surf department, and Jeremy Seick, the outreach director at STN. Here are some of the major stops they’ll be making: Oct. 26th: Dane William's Memorial Surf Contest - ...

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Meet Our New Staff Members!

Introducing an in-depth look at the up and coming staff members of STN! Right now they are going through their three month training in Surfers Leadership School. The new staff is compiled of three Americans and two Swiss misses! Get to know them better here, and stay tuned for  more on their leaders and their upcoming Big Adventure trip to Molokai! the A M E R I C A N S Name: Daniel Udell Age: 26 Born and raised: Dallas, OR Hidden talent: Handstands. A superpower you’d like to have: Flying and Regeneration! Favorite animal and why: Wolverines. They never quit. Ha...

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New Shirt Campaign Brought To You By Movement 52!

We are stoked to announce that Movement 52 has chosen Surfing The Nations as one of their charities to raise funds and awareness for! Movement 52 is an organization of that has an amazing vision to raise awareness and funds for one charity a week in an effort to be a  ‘catalyst for generosity’. They aim to take complex problems all over the world, and help find solutions with a simple formula: 1) Identify a need 2) Raise Funds 3) Repeat. How do they raise funds? This is the part where it gets fun for all of us! They design a few different shirts for a different ...

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A Chance To Surf, A Chance To Dream.

Surfing The Nations has been working  for several years with the kids from a transitional housing shelter in Waianae, teaching surf and swim lessons every week. The kids that participate are living through some unstable and challenging situations and need something to give them hope, and  more importantly, someone to be there for them and believe in them. Throughout the years, Surfing The Nations has seen the Waianae Surf Club  grow and thrive. Cobian sandals came alongside the Waianae Surf Club and TJ Barron taught at the first Waianae Surf Camp last year. Ever since ...

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Summer Recap!

Fall is officially here! Some people know it's fall by the changing of the temperature or the leaves changing color (or the return of pumpkin spice everything) but at STN we know it's fall because of the new arrivals! We've started a new SLS class with five new students from Switzerland and the United Sates and this weekend we welcome 35 new interns from all over the globe! Alas, although the season has changed, summer is not soon forgotten! Summer 2013 was one for the books. To give you some proof of that, we've put together a little video for your enjoyment. Thanks to ...

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Philippines Photo Reel!

The Philippines team just returned from a 17 day trip to Siargao Island. After flights, taxis, boats and ferries, they arrived in the village of General Luna. The team worked together with our local Filipino friends and went to several different islands and villages, bringing donations of clothing, school supplies, and dental supplies. Getting to know the locals, volunteering at a local school,  a trash clean up and of course, surfing were also a big part of the trip. Here are a few photo highlights:    

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Ulu Pono Teens

Today's blog is from our amazing Ulu Pono Kids Director, Katie Connor.  This woman has an amazing (and patient!) heart for the kids on our street - and in my opinion, one of the toughest jobs at STN!  She is constantly striving to make the program the best it can be and provide the children with every opportunity possible.  However, there is one thing she cannot do - stop the kids from growing up! In today's guest blog, she explains her plans and hopes for the Ulu Pono Kids program as its members become too old to be called "kids." "Ulu Pono Teens" - to this day, the ...

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What To Buy In Indonesia

Indonesia, more recently known for its perfect waves, has been recognized since the 1500's for its prized export goods among traders and tourists. Although traveling to Indonesia no longer requires jumping on a Dutch merchant vessel, the unique items found there are still highly desired by those living in the Western world. On our trip to Indo, each team member is asked to bring 2 suitcases full of donations to give out while there, and use only a carry-on for all of his or her personal items.  Given this space limitation, we want to know which treasures the individuals ...

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